Hansi Flick’s side somehow still have a chance of going through and these Costa Rica vs. Germany predictions suggest they might well be successful against one of the lowest ranked nations at the World Cup.
Costa Rica vs. Germany odds
1 – Germany to win – 1/10
2 – Germany to score a penalty – 2/1
3 – Over 3.5 goals scored – 4/5
4 – Germany to win to nil – 4/6
5 – Germany to keep a clean sheet – 8/13
Germany face Costa Rica hoping to get the win that could see them progress from Group E. Having been mauled 7-0 at the hands of Spain, the CONCACAF side will be confident after beating Japan. But they could be in for a tough night against the 2014 World Cup winners.
Hansi Flick’s side’s shock defeat to Japan, and its implications for their tournament chances, has had a seismic impact on the German team and the manager will be keen to lift his players morale on Thursday. Fortunately for the manager, Costa Rica are likely to be the ideal opponents to do so against, and we back a Germany win at the Al Bayt Stadium.
Of course, as the Japan game proved, no team should be completely written off. But Thursday’s game is likely to be as close to a sure thing as there has been at the 2022 World Cup. Costa Rica conceded three within the first half against Spain and capitulated further in the second half to see another four go in, including two within two minutes.
As a result, a bet on a goal-filled match, especially given Germany’s desire to rebuild their confidence, should likely pay off. Goals in both halves may be a good tip, with Germany looking to start quickly in order to avoid any doubts.
In the last game, back in 2006, Costa Rica managed to put two past their opponents. But considering the level of focus Germany will likely bring into Thursday’s game, two defensive slip-ups are unlikely. Instead, we back the visitors to retain a clean sheet, with Costa Rica’s own defensive duties preventing them from expending much energy attacking.
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Costa Rica vs. Germany last five matches
Costa Rica last five matches
Germany last five matches
Costa Rica top World Cup goalscorers
Germany top World Cup goalscorers
Costa Rica vs. Germany line-ups
Costa Rica (4-4-2) Navas; Martinez, Calvo, Duarte, Oveido; Bennette, Tejeda, Borges, Fuller; Contreras, Campbell
Germany (4-2-3-1) Neuer; Sule, Rudiger, Schlotterbeck, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Füllkrug
Costa Rica team news
Head coach Luis Fernando Suarez is not expected to make significant changes ahead of the Germany match. Kendall Watson is likely to be handed a start at right back to provide a more defensive option. Bryan Ruiz may feature from the start on the right wing despite his advanced years.
Germany team news
Hansi Flick is not likely to panic despite his side’s underwhelming performances. Jamal Musiala has proved himself well worthy of a start, while Leon Goretzka will also be hoping to feature in midfield. The poor form of Kai Havertz in the first game may have the manager seeking an alternate solution – and Niclas Füllkrug may get the nod after scoring against Spain.