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Spain vs Germany, FIFA World Cup 2022, Today Match Prediction

Al Khor, Al Bayt Stadium

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Spain and Germany clash in high-profile Group E crunch game

  • Spain were statistically the best team of the opening round of fixtures, winning 7-0
  • A win by that scoreline means the Spanish are favourites to qualify
  • Germany were sensationally beaten by Japan in their opener, meaning defeat eliminates them

Spain 1-1 Germany

Tournament: FIFA World Cup 2022 | Venue: Al Khor, Al Bayt Stadium

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Spain gave us a timely reminder of just how talented a bunch they are when it comes to tournament football. In scoring seven goals without reply, they have the best goal difference from the opening round.

Costa Rica, their opponents, were dismal, it must be said. However, the way in which Luis Enrique’s men dismantled their rivals would have caused one or two impressed glances from around the world.

Now, they have a glorious chance not only to qualify for the Round of 16, but also to knock out a fellow favourite to lift the trophy at the first hurdle.

Germany face elimination at the Group Stage for the second World Cup in a row. It was be a disastrous finish for the nation that has lifted the trophy on four occasions. 

Hansi Flick’s men will hope to have more in the tank than they did in their opener against Japan. Despite taking the lead, they never seemed in control of the tie and ultimately paid the price for their complacency.

They’ll need a vast improvement here to stay in the competition.

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FIFA Ranking: 7

Predicted Finish: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful:

     Pedri and Gavi kept the ball brilliantly against Costa Rica

     Should create plenty of chances against an imbalanced German side

Reasons to be fearful:

     Can they go deep in the competition without a recognised striker?

     Germany will present a far tougher test

After three 0-0 results within a 24-hour period, and having watched Germany lose poorly to Japan, it was a welcome return to normality to watch Spain putting on a show against Costa Rica.

While Spain are one of the contenders at this year’s World Cup, they are somewhat down the pecking order compared to the likes of Brazil due to their mixed results over the past couple of years.

We may need to review that perception as the tournament progresses, but Germany will certainly present a sterner test for Luis Enrique’s men here. If they find a way to overcome it, they’ll be among the favourites.

What was most impressive is how young stars Pedri and Gavi controlled the game, as they so often do for Barcelona. Gavi is now the youngest goalscorer at a World Cup since Pele in 1958.

Can they enjoy the same control against a German team fighting for their lives?

Star Man – Pedri

His teammate Gavi stole the headlines for being the youngest Spanish player ever at a World Cup, but it was Pedri who was a step ahead of everyone else on the pitch. He sees passes that no one else can. 

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FIFA Ranking: 11

Predicted Finish: Quarter Finals

Reasons to be cheerful

     Must improve after dreary performance against Japan

     Hansi Flick has a gameplan, despite it not coming off in opener

Reasons to be fearful

     Defeat here will mean elimination

     A lack of balance about them at times against Japan

When you think of the great German teams of the past, there has always been structure, organisation and efficiency.

Against Japan, there was very little of that. Niklas Sule, a strapping centre back for Borussia Dortmund, was deployed at right back, while Kai Havertz is yet to convince anyone he is a genuine centre forward. 

Serge Gnabry and Jamal Musiala are talented wingers but haven’t achieved a great deal at international level. You can see what Hansi Flick is attempting, but he isn’t getting the best out of his players right now.

Against Spain, he must go for it. If Japan beat Costa Rica in the earlier fixture, they will have six points. A draw, leaving Germany on one point, is not good enough. Defeat means instant elimination.

Leroy Sane may be fit enough to return to the starting line-up here. His blistering pace and running abilities would offer something different going forward. 

Star Man – Jamal Musiala

The Bayern Munich winger showed glimpses of his enormous talent, with one jinking run ending in a shot just over the bar to make it 2-0. How precious that goal would have been. 

     A more even game than Spain’s opener

     Both teams to score

     Spain happy to control possession

Germany must win this game to realistically stay in the tournament. Spain, however, will have other ideas and anything other than defeat would be acceptable to them.

Although they’d prefer to wrap up qualification here, they’ll realise that they have another opportunity to claim three points against Japan a few days later.

Germany have got to go for it, but do they have the players to keep the ball away from this Spanish side and cut through them?

That remains to be seen, and a draw may be the most likely result.

Spain 1-1 Germany

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Author: Ross B.