World Cup Group E Score Predictions, Preview and Betting Tips – Spain, Germany, Japan & Costa Rica

World Cup Group E tips

As football fans count down the seconds until this year’s World Cup gets underway, all eyes will soon fall on the Middle East and a history-making tournament from Qatar.

With fans across the globe set to be treated to a hectic winter schedule, the host nation will open this year’s adventure when they meet Ecuador on November 20th and we’ve got betting tips for Qatar vs Ecuador including a correct score prediction.

However, while the likes of England the defending champions France might have been handed a rather favourable draw, Group E hosts two countries who hold a vast amount of World Cup pedigree.

As both Germany and Spain battle it out for top spot in what is a heavyweight showdown, how exactly will Group E unfold?

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The Latest Group E Betting Odds

With this year’s Qatar World Cup offering a stacked schedule, our tipsters want to make sure that you are aware of all the most attractive betting options from Group E.

After searching through all the most renowned bookmakers that are around today, we have found you the best odds that offer you the greatest return on your bet.

Below can be found all of the pre-tournament betting odds from Group E and who is best to back before a single ball is kicked. All you need to do is click on the bet that you want to select, easily sign-up and off you go.

Spain – 1/1 with Bet Victor

Germany – 11/10 with Sky Bet

Japan – 14/1 with Ladbrokes

Costa Rica – 55/1 with Paddy Power


Group E Outright Betting

While some of world football’s elite should fancy their chances of clinching top spot in their respective groups this year, Group E arguably remains too close to call. With both Germany and Spain previously lifting world sport’s most prestigious trophy during their storied histories, we could have a real shootout on our hands.

However, in what already appears to be a two-horse race in Qatar, both Japan and Costa Rica will know that they need a minor miracle if they’re to punch a stunning knockout stage ticket.


Group E Winner Odds

Spain – 1/1 with Bet Victor


To Qualify From Group E

Germany – 1/6 with Bet365


World Cup Group E Score Predictions

Germany vs Japan2-1BET
Spain vs Costa Rica2-0BET
Japan vs Costa Rica1-0BET
Spain vs Germany0-1BET
Costa Rica vs Germany0-2BET
Japan vs Spain1-1BET


Who will Qualify from Group E?

1st Germany

2nd Spain

3rd Japan

4th Costa Rica

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Group E Fixtures

With Qatar handed the honour of opening this year’s World Cup finals when they meet Ecuador on November 20th, Germany and Spain will have to wait a little while longer before they can get their adventures underway.

As fans ponder who will come out on top between the two former world champions, La Roja will open their Group E campaign when they face-off against Costa Rica In Doha on November 23rd. Germany will also be looking to lay down their own early marker when they meet Japan earlier in the day at the Khalifa International Stadium.

Listed below can be found a full round-up of the Group E fixtures:

November 23rd, 2022:

  • 13:00 Germany vs Japan
  • 16:00 Spain vs Costa Rica

November 27th, 2022:

  • 10:00 Japan vs Costa Rica
  • 19:00 Spain vs Germany

December 1st, 2022:

  • 19:00 Costa Rica vs Germany
  • 19:00 Japan vs Spain

With it already confirmed that whoever comes out on top in Group E will be in line for a Round of 16 showdown against the runner up in Group F, both Spain and Germany will know how important a gold medal finish could be.

As things stand, it appears most likely that either of the former world champions will most likely be set for a meeting against 2018 finalists Croatia at the Al Janoub Stadium on December 5th.

However, with many across the globe tipping European giants Belgium as a standout pick to storm their way to top spot in Group F, we could be in for a heavyweight battle 24 hours later in Al Rayyan.


Group E: A Look at the Nations

Listed below we have found all of the key pre-tournament information that you will need to know before Group E gets underway. We have also searched across all the board to find you the vital statistics for betting on the upcoming fixtures, whether it is a traditional BTTS market or correct score.



While Spain might have made real history in 2010 as they claimed their first world title, it is no secret that La Roja are in the midst of a transition under Luis Enrique.

With the former Barcelona boss electing to take the European heavyweights in a far more youthful direction after shipping out the likes of Sergio Ramos, Spain have gained plenty of plaudits over the past 12 months as they gained a reputation for their gritty displays.

Signing off their pre-World Cup preparations with a 1-0 victory against Portugal on foreign soil, the Group E contenders also booked their Nations League knockout stage ticket.

Losing just one of their previous 10 appearances across all competitions – a run that stems back to October 2021 – Spain have a host of blossoming superstars who should be relishing their chance to shine on the world stage come November.

Spearheaded by the likes of Barcelona midfielder Pedri, La Roja could fancy their chances of springing a real World Cup upset this year.


Spain Statistics:

FIFA World Ranking: 7

World Cup Appearances: 15

Highest Finish: Winner (2010)

Manager: Luis Enrique

Captain: Sergio Busquets

Star Player: Pedri (Barcelona)



While Germany might historically also hold a fearsome reputation on the major tournament stage, it is fair to say that the former world champions are in the midst of an extended downbeat run.

Making the trip out to Qatar without Joachim Löw in their dugout and now under the guidance of ex-Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick, the Nationalelf have continued to tumble down the FIFA rankings and it appears that there is already some pressure on the 57-year-old’s shoulders.

Although Germany might have signed off their pre-World Cup preparations with an action-packed 3-3 draw away at England, Flick’s side managed to muster just a single victory from any of their six Nations League appearances – a run that was highlighted by a shock 1-0 loss against Hungary on September 23rd.

Although Germany might be set to make their 20th appearance at a World Cup finals this year, they could still be haunted by their nightmare display out in Russia back in 2018.

Shockingly crashing out at the group stage, Germany will be desperate to avoid another Group E collapse this time around.


Germany Statistics:

FIFA World Ranking: 11

World Cup Appearances: 19

Highest Finish: Winner (1954, 1974, 1990, 2014)

Manager: Hansi Flick

Captain: Manuel Neuer

Star Player: Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)



While Japan might have had to settle for a second-place finish behind Saudi Arabia on World Cup qualifying duties, the Samurai Blue booked their Qatar ticket without breaking much of a sweat.

Although they might know that they face a real uphill struggle if they’re to clinch a place out of Group E this year, Japan do hold what is an impressive record while on the world stage.

Shocking many out in Russia back in 2018 as they found a route to the Round of 16 ahead of both Poland and African giants Senegal, Moriyasu’s side have in fact booked their knockout stage ticket in three of their last four World Cup appearances.

Likewise, along with being led out by former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida in November, Japan also have a string of European-based stars in their squad.

Alongside ex-Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino, the Blues will also be calling on Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu and Real Sociedad’s Takefusa Kubo to lead their charge in Qatar.


Japan Statistics:

FIFA World Ranking: 24

World Cup Appearances: 6

Highest Finish: Round of 16 (2002, 2010, 2018)

Manager: Hajime Moriyasu

Captain: Maya Yoshida

Star Player: Takumi Minamino (Monaco)

Costa Rica:

With the World Cup groups decided back in April, Costa Rica would have been more than aware that they have been hit with an unenviable task when they make the trip out to Qatar.

However, while Luis Fernando Suárez’s side might be seen as a landslide pick to finish bottom in Group E, they have enjoyed a largely impressive spell over recent times and the mood in their camp should be at a high.

Eventually punching their World Cup ticket after a 1-0 victory against New Zealand earlier in the year, Costa Rica also secured their third consecutive ticket to the finals.

While they might have the vastly experienced PSG keeper Keylor Navas starting between the sticks this year, Suárez’s squad should be bracing themselves for a huge challenge in the Middle East.

Although a knockout stage spot might seem a tad unrealistic given their heavyweight opposition, Los Ticos should be looking to challenge Japan for a bronze medal finish in Group E.


Costa Rica Statistics:

FIFA World Ranking: 31

World Cup Appearances: 5

Highest Finish: Quarter Finals (2014)

Manager: Luis Fernando Suárez

Captain: Bryan Ruiz

Star Player: Keylor Navas (PSG)


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