Germany has a bit worrisome issue heading into its game against Spain in round two of the FIFA World Cup 2022. The chance of reaching the knockouts for the Deutschland has been put in the danger zone for the second time in a row at the FIFA tournaments. Spain on the other hand is sitting at the top of Group E with their thumping 7-0 win against Costa Rica on match day one.
In the event that Germany loses against Spain today, Die Mannschaft are straightforwardly on the verge of getting out of the competition similar to their 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage exit. It definitely would be a shocker considering that the Germans have played every knockout of the quadrennial tournament until 2014. Not to mention they are four times world champions and have played eight finales in total.
Can Germany Take Their First Three Points From Their Match Against Spain
The Germans had a disappointing match against Japan in round one of the ongoing competition in Qatar. The current German fullbacks lack pace, also the reason why they conceded two goals against Japan. But considering Spain prefers to play rigidly possession-based football, that shouldn’t be much of an issue for them in this fixture.
Germany did have several chances against Japan. They missed four big ones in their game versus the Samurai Blues. But they aren’t going to create that proportion of opportunities to big ones against La Roja considering they are certain to give Germany only a few moments on the ball.
And even if Hans Flick’s team tries to hit them on the counter, Spain’s back and mid filled with top-tier players are known to recover the ball in a split second. Even if the Germans go with the pressing tactics, which they usually do, Spain isn’t the team to just pass the ball randomly.
They do it with pace and rhythm that also dangerously allows them to change the state of possession at half turns. They lately have also developed an almost perfect trick to break the press.
Another problem for Germany is that Spain doesn’t have a designated finisher and the threat of a goal is distributed to almost more than half of their players. Sane’s 50-50 possibility in the starting lineups is another concern for Germany. They haven’t been able to convert in the final third and if Bayern Munich’s winger doesn’t make it to the game against Spain, their chance to the net will diminish by a notable margin.
Havertz not being in the form up top has also affected the efficiency of Germany’s attack. Overall it’s the first time in ages that the world cup royalties don’t look united or with good coordination.
Nevertheless, when the backs are against the wall, teams like Germany find their way to a strong mentality and do things against the odds. The German instinct is a must in the game against Spain if they are to make it through the group stage of this world cup.
They just have to make sure that they remain adamant against Spain’s perpetual ball movement and make every ball in their feet count. It’s the final third that they have to be near perfect or to the dot.
Nonetheless, Spain this time is considered a well-synced team and Germany unfortunately is in the transition and has plenty of flaws at the worse time. So as for the scoreline, we are going for the 2010 World Champion’s victory with a scoreline of 2-0.
Spain Vs Germany Recent Odds
We are assuring on Germany conceding at least more than once. As such, Die Mannschaft has conceded in each of their last eight competitive fixtures. They do not boast a good record against their continental opponents.
Spain’s 7-0 win against Costa Rica has without a doubt lifted their overall team morale for not just running deep in the tournament but lifting the trophy itself. It just might be too laborious for the Germans to stop Spain’s attacks each coming from one too many passes.
The 2012 European champion, Spain is the favorite with the odds of 13/10 (2.30). The Deutschland meanwhile is the second favorite at 2/1 (3.00). A draw is available on 5/2 (3.50).
Atletico Madrid striker, Alvaro Morata, if starts in the first eleven, has been picked as the likeliest first scorer for La Roja. A similar probability is given to his teammate Marco Asensio if he continues as a false nine. His odds are at 17/2 (9.50). The next probable in-the-cards man to break the game’s deadlock is Barcelona’s Ansu Fati at 13/2 (7.50).
For Germany, their opener against Japan, Ilkay Gundogan is the man to have appeared most during the maths to be on the scoresheet. Although not in form, Chelsea’s forward Kai Havertz is still one of the favorites to score at 17/2 (9.50).
Spain Vs Germany Previous Meetings
While Germany has the best of records when comes to head-to-head albeit with one more win, since 1988, only twice has the Germans registered victory against the Iberian side. Worth noting here is Germany has not beaten Spain in a competitive meeting since 1988.