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It all comes down to this for both of these two nations. Costa Rica boosted their chances when they secured a narrow 1-0 victory over Japan and enter this clash knowing that a win would guarantee progression, whereas if they draw, they’d need Spain to beat Japan to go through. For Germany, only a win will do if they’re to avoid yet another embarrassing World Cup campaign.

Costa Rica vs Germany Stats

  • Despite obtaining just one point so far, Germany have registered the highest expected goals (xG) in the group
  • Costa Rica have managed just one shot on target across their two matches so far
  • Nothing but a win will do for Germany which means it could be attack against defence for the majority of this clash

 

Costa Rica vs Germany Prediction:

Betting Tip: Germany win and under 3.5 goals

A second successive group stage exit from the World Cup looks an all too real possibility for Germany as they enter the final match with just a point to their name. They will consider themselves slightly unfortunate as they have created a host of chances but they don’t have someone who can consistently turn those chances into goals.

They have registered an xG of 5.1 from their two respective group matches thus far but have scored just twice, highlighting that they probably have deserved to score more goals.

But now Hansi Flick will be demanding that his side go out and claim the victory that’s required to stand a chance of securing their spot in the next round. Costa Rica gave their chances a huge boost by beating Japan and a draw here could possibly be enough to surprise everyone by advancing from the group.

Costa Rica boss Luis Fernando Suárez is a defensive-minded coach, however, they were dismantled by Spain and it seems inevitable that Germany will find some joy. However, I'm not expecting a landslide victory. Hansi Flick’s side haven’t been efficient in front of goal but I’ll take them to edge this one.

Betting Tip: Under 5.5 Costa Rica shots

As previously mentioned, Costa Rica were woeful against Spain and ended up losing 7-0. They failed to hit a single shot, let alone a shot on target, and even in their victory against Japan, they only managed to hit four with their single shot on target being Keysher Fuller’s match-winning strike.

Los Ticos that don’t appear comfortable playing on the front-foot and taking the game to their opponents. They’re more of a side that prefer to play in their own half, remain extremely compact, often defending with two banks of four and it looks like that will be a tactic they will implement once again in an effort to frustrate a desperate and inefficient Germany team.

I don’t envisage a scenario where Costa Rica have an extended period of dominance as it’s just not how they play. They haven’t managed to hit six shots across their opening two games and it seems incredibly unlikely to me that they are able to hit six shots in one match when their opponents are fighting for their survival.

Costa Rica vs Germany Results

Date Result Competition
09/06/2006 Germany 4-2 Costa Rica World Cup

 

Costa Rica vs Germany Team News 

Costa Rica:

  • Francisco Calvo is suspended for the crunch match against Germany, after picking up yellow cards against both Spain and Japan

Germany:

  • Leroy Sane didn't feature against Japan, but came on against Spain with 20 minutes to go. He could start against Costa Rica

 

Costa Rica vs Germany Lineups

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Costa Rica

Navas, Fuller, Duarte, Chacon, Waston, Ovideo, Torres, Borges, Tejeda, Campbell, Contreras

Germany

Neuer, Keher, Sule, Rudiger, Raum, Kimmich, Gundogan, Gnabry, Musiala, Sane, Fullkrug

Costa Rica vs Germany Score Prediction:

Costa Rica 0-2 Germany