Japan vs. Costa Rica Predictions, Odds, World Cup 27/11/2022

By Lawrence Smelser

Japan vs. Costa Rica predictions, preview and betting tips

Japan will take on Costa Rica at Ahmed bin Ali Stadium on Sunday in Al-Rayyan in hopes of securing another three points. The match will kick off at 5 a.m. ET. The Samurai Blue opened up their World Cup account with a shocking 2-1 comeback victory over Germany.

İlkay Gündoğan gave the Germans a 1-0 lead in the 33rd minute after converting a penalty. Hajime Moriyasu’s side went on to score two goals in the span of eight minutes through Ritsu Doan (75’) and Takuma Asano (83’) to steal away the win.

Costa Rica suffered an embarrassing 7-0 defeat to Spain in the opener on Wednesday. The Ticos haven’t won any of their previous seven World Cup contests and are +750 to upset the Samurai Blue (-230).

Players to watch in the Japan vs. Costa Rica contest


Daniel Kamada: The 26-year-old midfielder has scored 18 goals in 108 appearances for Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga. Kamada was instrumental in the team winning the Europa League title. The Ehime, Japan native has six goals and 23 caps for his country.

Costa Rica

Joel Campbell: The León (Liga MX) striker is playing in his third-consecutive World Cup. The 30-year-old has scored 25 times in 119 appearances for Costa Rica. Campbell has played with popular European teams in the past including Arsenal, Villarreal, Betis and Sporting Lisbon.

Japan vs. Costa Rica World Cup predictions

Best Japan vs. Costa Rica predictions and odds

ESTNN’s soccer analysts will provide two Spain vs. Costa Rica betting tips in the following section.

Japan vs. Costa Rica prediction: Japan to win @ -210 (BetRivers)

The Japanese expectedly were outplayed by Germany but did manage to tighten up their defense and achieve the unexpected— win. Die Mannschaft outshot the Samurai Blue 26-12 and completed more passes (771-269).

Costa Rica was completely dominated in all facets by Spain and put on a putrid performance. Luis Suarez’s side mustered up zero shots and held just 18% of the possession. The Spaniards had 17 shots, completed 1,045 passes and were accurate on 93% of their passes.

The Central American country’s veterans: Joel Campbell, Celso Borges, Bryan Ruiz and Yeltsin Tejeda seemed slow and completely outmatched. The Costa Rican league is very weak compared to many leagues across the globe and 17 of the squad’s players participate in it.

Japan’s brilliant counterattack was able to happen thanks to its coach and skillful players on its roster. Many of the Samurai Blue are represented by players from La Liga, the Bundesliga, Premier League and Ligue 1. 

The Japanese attack isn’t nearly as good as Spain’s but it is formidable with players such as Kubo, (Real Sociedad) Kamada, (Frankfurt) Ito (Reims) and Maeda (Celtic). 

At ESTNN, we believe Japan will continue right where it left off and easily beat Costa Rica. BetRivers is offering -210 odds for Japan to win straight up. 

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Japan vs. Costa Rica odds: First half over 0.5 goals @ -190 (Caesars)

Round one of the group stages saw a lot of fixtures end nil-nil heading into halftime. This is due to nerves and a conservative approach of not wanting to lose the first match.

Teams and managers have more to lose in Matchday 2 and will be more aggressive. These factors allow the game to be more wide open and increase the chance for goals.

In its last four games, Japan has scored in the first half on two occasions. In four out of its last six games, Costa Rica has found the back of the net in the first half.

The Ticos’ weak backline will provide plenty of opportunities for the Samurai Blue to get off the mark in the first half. We believe it’s wise to bet the -190 over 0.5 first-half goals prop on Caesars Sportsbook.

 If you’re interested in reading about more betting lines in Qatar, visit our World Cup predictions page.

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Group E preview and other World Cup matches

Spain (-105) and Germany (+110) are the two powerhouses in Group E. The two sides will line up against each other in a mouthwatering contest on Sunday, Nov. 27. 

The Germans will be desperate for a win, if they fail they’ll have zero points heading into Matchday 3 and are at risk of being knocked out of the group stage in back-to-back World Cups. Despite Japan (+1200) beating them, the Samurai Blue are still long shots to win the group since they’ll face Spain in the final round of group games.