Germany have a point to prove.
They finished at the bottom of their group in Russia 2018, finishing with two losses and a -2 goal differential.
And having won the World Cup in 2014, they failed to defend their title.
That was 2018, and in the Euros that took place last year, they disappointed yet again. A loss against historical rivals England saw them bow out in the round of 16 itself.
But recent modifications in the German automobile, has changed the mood around the camp.
On top of changing their coach, Germany have a revamped roster.
They have reinstated Thomas Muller up top, pairing his veteran experience and wits with the young and upcoming Kai Havertz.
In midfield, they have nearly all new faces, highlighted by Joshua Kimmich in a centralized position along with Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sane, adding creativity and flair on the flanks.
All three also play together at Bayern Munich, so chemistry is already intact (Muller plays at Bayern, too).
So, even after a disappointing cycle in their last two major international tournaments, Germany are looking alright!
They are not used to failures, you know.
Germany will be hungry.
Germany will have a point to prove!
What about Japan?!
After qualifying for the knockout stages in three of the last five World Cups, Japan have become Asia’s most fancied side!
But in Qatar, they have a mountain to climb if they hope to make it to the knockout stage.
‘Dubbed as the group of death’ Japan has to face Germany, Spain and costa Rica.
But Japan can play against top sides!
In the 2018 World Cup they almost won against Belgium in the round of 16!
They were leading by 2-0 till the 70th min of the game.
Then they bottled it!
But yes, Japan can play against the big boys, and they can be dangerous!
Japan has plenty of footballers who play at the highest level of European football like captain Maya Yoshida who plays for Schalke, Takehiro Tomiyasu for Arsenal, Daichi Kamada for Eintracht Frankfurt and young talent Takefusa Kubo for Real Sociedad.
Some Japanese hopeful might say that they have an even better team now, than before!
So, I am genuinely excited to find out how this match will unfold!
But what does the betting market thinks?
1×2 Betting Odds
Not that it should come to you as a surprise, but Germany are favourites to win according to the bookmarkers!
Their odds stand at 1.49, while the odds that the match ends in a draw are 4.9!
Even worse off are the odds of a Japan win! They currently stand at 7.5.
Total goals over/under
With odds that this match will have more than 2.5 goals stands at 1.73.
While the odds that it will have less than 2.5 goals scored, stands at 2.28.
So, the market believes this match will have a lot of goals!
I mean given that Germany likes to play attacking football and that they have a point to prove in this World Cup, it doesn’t surprise me!