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Costa Rica Vs Germany Predictions; Will Germany Make Another FIFA World Cup Group Stage Exit?

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Costa Rica vs Germany is one of the handfuls of matches of FIFA World Cup 2022 that are hugely liable to shape out the final group table of the competition. The Central Americans and the Europeans both need a win to progress to the last 16, no bargain.

The Germans kept their hope of advancing to the knockouts after canceling out Spain’s win by equalizing their 1-0 lead a couple of days earlier. On the other hand, Costa Rica too dramatically got a lifeline in the ongoing competition after their winner against Japan in round two of Group E. They resolutely bounced back in the game versus the Samurai Blues and made their pool wide open and subsequently also helped their upcoming opponent, Germany chances to qualify.

For Costa Rica, a draw could be enough to progress to the last 16 provided Spain beat Japan in the other match. By comparison, Germany needs a win as first priority with as many goals as possible as the group has a strong possibility to come down to a tiebreaker with respect to goal difference.

Costa Rica Vs Germany Recent Team News And Expected Lineups

After a heroic performance against Spain, Werder Bremen forward, Niclas Fulkrug should be in consideration of Germany’s coach, Hansi Flick to start in the initial eleven. The concern though is if that is to happen the veteran Thomas Mueller seems likely to be benched however the two can also work alongside each other. Leroy Sane is nailed on to start for the Die Mannschaft. His introduction means Manchester City midfielder Ilkay Gundogan dropping into a deeper role. This will subsequently force Leon Goretzka to start from the bench. Thilo Kehrer remains the first man to start on the right but is also likely to come off for either Lukas Klostermann or Nico Schlotterbeck later in the game. Chelsea’s star forward, Kai Havertz looks a bit improbable to start considering he didn’t make it to the initial lineup against Spain.

Niclas Fullkrug along with his teammates after scoring an equalizer against Spain in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022
German players after their draw against Spain in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022. FIFA

For Costa Rica, there of course will be some reshuffling, particularly at the back as the Konyaspor center back, Francisco Calvo is suspended (second booking of the tournament). The young midfielder Daniel Chacon of Colorado Rapids is also being hoped to commence in the duel against the four times world champion. The experience of the Milonarios defender Juan Pablo Vargas should be a must for Costa Rica’s backline in this fixture. Also since the nation’s so far first choices Gerson Torres and Anthony Contreras haven’t been that impressive, 18-year-old Jewison Bennette may be anticipating the introduction. There likely won’t be much change besides that in this team.

Costa Rica Vs Germany Possible Lineups

Costa Rica: Navas; Fuller, Duarte, Vargas, Warson, Oviedo; Torres, Borges, Tejeda, Campbell; Contreras

Germany: Never; Klostermann, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Musiala, Sane; Fullkrug

Costa Rica Vs Germany Predictions

Germany proved that they still had the fighting spirit of the favorites if not the title contenders in match day two against Spain. If it was any other past world cups except for Russia 2018 and the game, Costa Rica vs Germany was to happen earlier, it would have been Die Mannschaft who had run riots over Costa Rica instead of Spain.

Should Sane be fit again to start in the first eleven, his creative spark out wide can surely increase the efficiency of Germany’s attack to a whole new level. After the first ten minutes of the second half against Spain, Germany seemed to have returned to their competitive and formidable gameplay. It seems probable that they will follow the same patent and direct approach in their final group-stage clash against Costa Rica.

Costa Rica and Japan against each other in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar
Costa Rica player Keysher Fuller a moment before scoring the winning goal against Japan in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022. Reuters

Expect Los Tricos to play their default defensive game which worked perfectly against Japan in their previous game. Nevertheless, Germany shouldn’t have that many goal threats from the playing style of Costa Rica however it also might be difficult for the Europeans to convert each of their attempt one hundred percent. But once they get clicked to their past forms, Germany is too powerful to go the full 90 minutes without scoring versus the likes of Costa Rica. While the Caribbean side converted their only shot on target while competing with Japan in the last match, that doesn’t look so promising of a tactic if one is to go head-to-head with the Germans. Worth noting is in the match against Costa Rica, Japan didn’t go with their original attack that beat Germany in round one.

Projected Scoreline: Costa Rica 0-2 Germany

Costa Rica Vs Germany Most Recent Odds

Costa Rica

18/1 (19.00) to win
18/1 (19.00) for Anthony Contreras to score the first goal


1/9 (1.11) to win
3/1 (4.00) for Niclas Fullkrug to score the first goal
15/4 (4.75) for Leroy Sane to score the first goal
9/2 (5.50) for Kai Havertz to score the first goal
9/1 (10.00) for a draw

Costa Rica Vs Germany; Previous Stats Of Each Team

JapanCosta Rica
57Ball possession43
13Total shots4
3Shots on target1
7Blocked shots1
5Corner Kicks0
6Shots inside box1

64Ball possession36
7Total shots11
3Shots on target4
2Blocked shots3
6Corner Kicks5
1Big chances2
0Big chances missed1
1Hit woodwork0
3Shots inside box8

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