2022 World Cup: Best Bets for Germany
by Steve Ashfield | by Kevin Richard
Qatar 2022: What bets to make for Germany?
We're getting ever closer to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The tournament begins on November 21 with the final being played on December 18. 32 countries will be sending teams to Qatar all hoping they will be crowned world champions. Germany are one of the favourites to do so but they have the nightmare of 2018 to wipe out of their memories.
On four previous occasions the German side has won the World Cup. Their last triumph was in 2014 but their defence four years later was a disaster. They lost two of their three games and didn't even make it into the knockout stages. That was a massive shock for them as the previous nine World Cups had produced two wins, three runners-up spots, a couple of third place finishes and two quarter finals. On this page we will look at their chances of success in Qatar and the latest odds from the top online betting sites
Can Germany Be a Big Player Again?
Germany didn't immediately recover from that 2018 World Cup disaster. They were due to be relegated in the 2018/19 UEFA Nations League until a rule change saved them. The 2020 European Championship finals (held in 2021) saw them lose to England in the last 16. After finishing second in their group in the 2020/21 Nations League, they again fill that position in the 2022/23 tournament, a point behind Hungary with two games remaining.
They had few problems qualifying for the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar. The Germans won their qualifying group by nine points from North Macedonia. Nine out of ten qualifiers were won with 36 goals scored in 10 games and only four conceded. Half of those goals conceded came in their surprise 2-1 home loss to North Macedonia.
Germany are unbeaten since that loss to England at the European Championships. 13 games have been played but they'd drawn four in a row (all 1-1) before a 5-2 home win over Italy in June.
The Germans head to Qatar with a very experienced squad. Five current players have over 50 international caps with captain Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller (above) having 229 caps between them. Seven members of their squad have at least 10 international goals with Muller on the 44 goal mark, can he get to 50 in Qatar?
A worry for them will be their problems in keeping a clean sheet. That's not happened in their last five internationals. They have though scored in their last 13 games. The Germans do have an ageing squad though with seven of their most recent squad being in their thirties.
World Cup 2022 - Germany's Fixture List
Germany have not been given the easiest draw for the group stages. They face Spain, Costa Rica and Japan in Group B. Qualifying for the knockout stages should be achieved, but will it be as group winners? The winners of this group are likely to face Croatia in the last 16. Finishing second would most likely see Belgium being the opponents.
Their full schedule is as follows:
- Wednesday, Nov 23 vs Japan (Khalifa International Stadium, Al Rayyan)
- Sunday Nov 27 vs Spain (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)
- Thursday Dec 1 vs Costa Rica (Al Bayt Stadium, Al Khor)
How to Bet on Germany at the 2022 World Cup
Germany are on average available at odds of 11.00 to win the World Cup at online sportsbooks such as Bet365, Vbet, Bwin and William Hill - this makes them the sixth favourites to lift the trophy. That feels about right with the number of draws they have had of late. They are unbeaten in over a year though and that will breed confidence in their squad.
They do have to take on Spain in their group. The Spanish side are the fifth favourites for the World Cup but there's not much between the two in the betting. Germany are 1.33 to win their opening group game against Japan and that is a bet that should produce a winner. Odds aren't available for the game against Spain yet but this looks a game where a bet on a draw and both teams scoring look good ones to make.
As mentioned previously, it looks easier for the group winners in the last 16. Germany would prefer to avoid Belgium at that stage. Germany are 1.72 to reach the quarter finals and if avoiding the Belgians, that looks a winning bet.
With games against Japan and Costa Rica, Germany could score a few goals in their group. Timo Werner is 41.00 to be the top scorer and Thomas Muller 51.00. There is each way betting on the top three or four, so that might produce a winner if the goals do flow.
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