World Cup Betting Tip of the Day
Japan 4 or more corners
Japan 4 or more shots on target
Japan face Costa Rica having surprised Germany in their opening game and can put real pressure on the German side with a win here. A surprise pre-tournament but this Japanese side really deserved their win and shown plenty of concentration and discipline as well as plenty of quality at the other end of the pitch.
They now face a Costa Rica side who were bested 7-0 by Spain and in all honesty looked very poor.
Japan have averaged 5.40 corners taken per game and against a poor Costa Rica side with the added incentive of qualifying for the knockout stages you’d expect them to pile on the pressure. They racked up 6 corners against Germany so again you’d expect them to at least match that against this Costa Rica team.
Japan have averaged 5 shots on target per match in recent times whilst Costa Rica had 7 shots on target against them against Spain. I find this interesting as Spain are a very technical side that probably don’t shoot as often as they should, and you’d fancy Japan to be a lot more direct here.
Spain vs Germany - Sunday 27th 19:00
Spain 4 or more corners
Spain 4 or more shots on target
Spain and Germany meet here in a massive game and the first fixture which has two of the big nations locking horns.
Contrasts from both teams opening games with Spain looking very good albeit against a poor side and a German side who will be extremely disappointed in their opening loss to Japan.
Spain created chance after chance and although the German side will be a much bigger test, they looked very poor defensively and you’d expect Spain’s indirect style to create plenty of chances here.
The last meeting in the Nations League saw Spain run out 6-0 winners and although unlikely there is a big chance that they could run out easy winners again.
Spain average 5 corners per match and have taken 4 or more corners in 70% of their matches.
Again, Spain average 4.9 shots on target per match but with how frail the German defence looked I’d expect them to expose them a few times here and beat that average.
A win for Spain will see them qualify and potentially knock Germany out if Japan get any points against Costa Rica, added incentive to eliminate one of the tournament favourites so early.
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Key stats & talking points
Japan can take a giant step towards qualification, and hand Germany a massive mountain to climb, with a win over Costa Rica in the early game. Having already stunned Germany in the opener, a win over a poor Costa Rica side would take them to six points, and require Germany to beat Spain later on in what is already a massive game for their World Cup hopes.
Elsewhere, Croatia will be hoping for a much better showing than their 0-0n against Morocco when they take on Canada, who themselves impressed in defeat to Belgium. With only one side in that group on three points as it stands, it remains all to play for, though defeat for Canada would send them home early from their first tournament in 40 years.