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World Cup 2022 Groups Preview: November 27
Nov 26, 2022, 3:34:00 AM

World Cup 2022 Groups Preview: November 27

The 2022 FIFA World Cup group stages’ intense action rages on as eight teams will clash this November 27. The past few games have been a big treat to fans, with huge performances down the stretch.

Japan will bring their might onto the big stage in its showdown against Costa Rica, while Belgium aims to stay on the prowl against Morocco. Fans are in for a bigger treat as the teams are coming in with fiery performances that will set the tone of their campaign.

Runners-up Croatia and surprise contenders Canada are also set to square off in a hyped battle. Spain and Germany headline the schedule as the two leading contenders bring in the thunder that many fans would enjoy. 

Here are the upcoming fixtures you should bet on this November 27:

Sword and shield: Japan vs Costa Rica

Game: Japan vs Costa Rica

Time: 1 PM (GMT)

Venue: Ahmad bin Ali Stadium

Japan is all eyes up on their upcoming match against Costa Rica with the hopes of getting points in a tight Group E. Both teams aim to get the second spot, with Germany and Spain most likely taking a long fight for the top spot. 

Head-to-head stats

Japan and Costa Rica have played five games – all of which are international friendlies. The Samurai Blue won the last three, including a 3-0 finish in their September 2018 game. This is why many fans expect a strong game from them, considering the strong pace they are riding in.

Japan has proven itself a top contender in the World Cup. The way they played in the qualifiers is satisfying to watch, and their version of the 4-1-4-1 line gave them a huge advantage on the offensive end, making them a threat that many teams will find hard to counter at most.

Costa Rica isn’t one to doubt in the World Cup. The team is considered one of the best defensive squads in the competition, making them a perfect unit to go up against Japan. Their 4-4-2 formation has flaws, but their defensive prowess makes Costa Rica a strong contender that can even surprise the biggest teams in the tournament.

Players to watch

  • Takumi Minamino - The fiery winger is known to be creative in his goalscoring. It can get Samurai Blue’s offence up and running, especially against a team like Costa Rica, whose focus on the defence can be tough to contend with.

  • Keylor Navas - The keeper will be fun to watch on his saving end, as Costa Rica’s strategy is to hold out for as long as possible while making the most of their offence. 

  • Joel Campbell - The point forward is expected to lead the offence for Costa Rica’s counterattack.

Who has a better chance of winning?

Japan is expected to pull off a huge win in their showdown against Costa Rica. The odds stand against the Tricolor, and it will take a lot of grit for them to win. Considering that Japan’s offence may just overwhelm them, defence is the main key to their success in this game.

Bet on Japan’s clash with Costa Rica

Al Thumama clash: Belgium vs Morocco

Game: Belgium vs Morocco

Time: 4 PM (GMT)

Venue: Al Thumama Stadium

Belgium continues their World Cup campaign in a battle against Morocco, which means a lot of promising action between the two teams. Both squads can bring in the thunder, but fans can expect a tight battle between these countries with their healthy squads. 

Head-to-head stats

Morocco and Belgium have played three times prior to this fixture. They met once in the FIFA World Cup in 1994, while the latest game was a 4-1 win for Morocco in their international friendlies in 2008. Both teams made a lot of tweaks in their squads since then, with Belgium taking a big rise in their overall ranking so far.

Following their stunning win against Canada, Belgium continues their hot pace thanks to their well-rounded squad. They field a 3-4-2-1 formation that has been effective on both ends of the pitch, and their strong performances prove their effective use of the line. This is why their continuous success on the big stage is quite unprecedented by many fans.

Morocco, on the other hand, is coming off a tough showdown with Croatia. The offence is their main priority, as seen in their 4-4-2 line with two forwards at the lead. So far, the biggest problem for Morocco’s chances would be how they can defend well when it is Belgium’s turn to make a counterattack of their own.

Players to watch

  • Thorgan and Eden Hazard - The brotherly duo’s scoring prowess has been a huge help to Belgium’s chances of success over the years. 

  • Christian Benteke and Kevin De Bruyne - Belgium’s lead attack duo, are also expected to lead the charge, especially after their recent stunning performances on the big stage.

  • Youssef En-Nesyri - Morocco’s top-scoring talent will be the saving grace for the squad to match Belgium’s threats on the attack. 

  • Bono - The keeper’s defensive skills will be tested, with Belgium having plenty of attackers to put pressure on that end.

Who has a better chance of winning?

Morocco has their backs against the wall on this one. Belgium is set as heavy favourites to win, which makes it clear that it will take a lot of grit and grind for Morocco to pull off an upset against the best team in the FIFA World Cup.

Place your wagers on Morocco’s chances to win against Belgium

Contender matchup: Croatia vs Canada

Game: Croatia vs Canada

Time: 7 PM (GMT)

Venue: Khalifa International Stadium

Croatia continues their redemption arc in the FIFA World Cup in a showdown against the surprising North American contenders, Canada. Fans expect the Maple Leafs to come up with a daring fight against the 2018 runners-up in a quest to prove their worth. 

Head-to-head stats

This is the first time Croatia will face Canada in any international game. Fans can expect a tight showdown between the two teams as they clash with speed and strong offence.

Croatia is well-known as a balanced team that offers a stable priority on both ends. They are expected to play a 4-3-3 lineup to cover faster attacks and convert defensive stops into easy offences, making them a lethal squad to play against in any facet of the game.

On the other hand, Canada relies on parking the bus before pushing for a late-game rally to score the ball. Their 4-4-2 formation is simply effective so far and is a huge reason they have the best chance to be a contender in the game.

Players to watch

  • Ivan Perisic and Luka Modric - The lead attackers are expected to run the show for Croatia in this game. Their front six has threatened many defensive lines, but they need Perisic and Modric to set the tone and provide the lay of the land with more offensive opportunities.

  • Milan Borjan - The keeper’s defensive presence will be challenged by Croatia’s front six, and he will have to work hard for saves and blocks on the post.

  • Alphonso Davies - Bayern Munich’s star’s talent in speedy attacks and on-point passing will be handy in this game, which has worked wonders for Canada’s chances over the past few months.

Who has a better chance of winning?

Croatia has the best chance of winning in this game, but Canada should not be taken out of the picture. Les Rouges are expected to mount a stunning upset, if not a tight game, in this showdown, which makes it a huge treat for fans to enjoy.

See the odds on Croatia’s showdown with Canada

Heavyweight showdown: Spain vs Germany

Game: Spain vs Germany

Time: 10 PM (GMT)

Venue: Al Bayt Stadium

Spain and Germany headline the November 27 games with a huge chance to go down the wire. Fans expect both teams to go all-out as this looks like the battle for the top spot in Group E and a rivalry game between two European giants. 

Head-to-head stats

Many fans see these teams as evenly-matched sides. They have played international friendlies, World Cup matches and Nations League titles, with Germany winning nine of 25 fixtures and Spain winning eight. There are eight draws in their head-to-head matchup, and Germany lost their most recent match back in the 2020 Nations League at 2-0.

Spain is known as one of the low-scoring contenders in the World Cup but is a beast on the defensive end. Their 4-3-3 formation is tweaked to cover all weak sides and force opponents to collapse on the attack and force them to turn the ball over, which leads to a faster counterattack for the squad.

On the other hand, many analysts praise Germany for having the perfect balance on both ends of the pitch, along with a plethora of star players. Their unique 3-4-2-1 formation allows them to make faster attacks and respond on the defensive side faster, with some backups waiting to double back for better coverage.

Players to watch

  • Pablo Sarabia - The forward is the main key for Spain’s offence, but with Sergio Busquets’ playmaking skills, the squad can find better looks for all their attackers. 

  • Alvaro Morata and David de Gea - Spain’s defensive duo’s presence also adds more options for two-way players at the ready.

  • Thomas Muller - The Ramdeuter’s presence on the lineup for Germany means that this is still his show on both ends of the pitch, with his playmaking on display at most. 

  • Manuel Neuer - The captain has never been rusty, which should be good in rotation with Germany pressured to shore up their focus at the post. 

Who has a better chance of winning?

The odds are in Spain’s favour but just by a tiny margin. Fans watching this game will witness a big battle on the big stage with many star players and decorated genius minds leading the way. Germany needs to get back into its rhythm if they plan to win in this tight showdown.

Place your wagers on Germany’s rivalry match against Spain

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Words: Paul Daniel Flores


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