Germany (-2.5) Alternate spread
Costa Rica to score (No) Prop bet
Costa Rica vs. Germany predictions, preview and betting tips
Costa Rica lines up against Germany at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar on Thursday. The Group E final day bout is scheduled for 10 a.m. ET. Second place in the group is up for grabs between the Germans, Samurai Blue and Ticos.
The Germans (0-1-1) are looking to avoid crashing out of the group stage in back-to-back World Cups. In 2018, they won just one game and finished in fourth place behind Sweden, Mexico and South Korea.
Die Mannschaft must defeat the Ticos and will be rooting for Spain to win or draw in order to hop Japan in the standings. The two matches will take place at the same time.
If Luis Fernando Suarez’s team (C0sta Rica) is eliminated, it’ll be the second World Cup in a row it fails to reach the knockout stage. A deep run into the quarterfinals such as in 2014 looks extremely improbable.
Germany superstar Leroy Sane appears to be set to start the match. The 26-year-old has scored 11 goals in 49 appearances and is lethal over the dead ball. Sane missed Matchday one and came on as a sub in Matchday 2.
Players to watch in the Costa Rica vs. Germany contest
Jewison Bennette: The 18-year-old just began his international career but has scored two goals in seven caps for his country. The winger has also made nine appearances in the Championship for Sunderland and has scored one goal. Bennette is on schedule to see action in his third-straight matchday in Qatar.
Jamal Musiala: The teenage prodigy is already a shoo-in starter for Bayern Munich at the club level. Musiala has scored nine goals and registered six assists in 14 Bundesliga matches this season. The 19-year-old will attempt to score his first World Cup goal against a weak Costa Rican defense Thursday.
Best Costa Rica vs. Germany predictions and odds
ESTNN’s soccer analysts will provide two Costa Rica vs. Germany betting tips in the following section.
Costa Rica vs. Germany prediction: Germany -2.5 @ -115 (DraftKings)
Germany’s 2-1 loss in its opener to Japan was a shocker. The European nation dominated the Japanese, by outshooting them 26-12, recording 74% of possession and completing nearly three times as many passes (771-269).
In the team’s next contest versus Spain (1-1), it expectedly had less possession but recorded more shots (11-7) and Sane failed to convert a crucial one-on-one against Unai Simon at the end of regulation. Alvaro Morata gave the Spaniards a 1-0 lead in the 62nd minute but substitute Niclas Fullkrug answered the beckoning call during the 83rd-minute mark.
The Ticos started their journey in Qatar in the worst possible fashion, suffering a 7-0 rout to Spain. Suarez’s men recorded zero shots throughout the 90 minutes. It was the first time since 1990 (Ironically Costa Rica) a team failed to record a shot and the second time to occur since 1966.
Against Japan, the Central American country bounced back with an unexpected 1-0 upset. The Samurai Blue were a step ahead of the Ticos, but Keysher Fuller grabbed the winner in the 81st. The lone goal was Costa Rica’s only shot on target in 180 minutes of play.
Germany is 1-2-2 in its previous five matches while Costa Rica is 3-1-1. Aside from Spain, Suarez’s men have faced mostly mediocre competition.
Despite the Germans only having a point, the difference in quality between the two sides is too massive for Costa Rica to have any chance of keeping it close on Thursday. At ESTNN, we believe Germany will cover an alternate 2.5-goal spread. DraftKings is offering the selection on its sportsbook at -115 odds.
Costa Rica vs. Germany odds: Costa Rica to score (no) @ -150 (Caesars)
The Ticos have 0.1 expected goals for the entire tournament after their first two contests and are averaging 0.05 expected goals per 90 minutes. With just one shot on target and four shots over two matches, the team’s chances are more than bleak to get off the mark against Germany.
In their last five outings, the Germans have kept two clean sheets. Flick’s center-backs and goalkeeper are among the best in the world: Antonio Rudiger, (Real Madrid) Niklas Sule (Borussia Dortmund) and Manuel Neuer (Bayern Munich).
A slow and aging Costa Rica will find it difficult to gain any sort of possession or create any shots throughout the contest. Our pick is to bet Costa Rica not to score at -150 odds on Caesars sportsbook. If you’re interested in reading about more betting lines in Qatar, visit our World Cup predictions page.
Group E preview and other World Cup matches
Against Japan, all Spain likely needs is a draw to win Group E. It would take a miracle for the Ticos to beat the Germans and win via goal differential. Spain is -3500 to advance followed by Germany at -400. Japan (+550) and Costa Rica (+700) are long shots to escape the “group of death”.