World Cup 2022 Tips – Wednesday 23rd November

Author: Last Updated: November 24, 2022

World Cup TipsWe move into Day four of the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and today we see the teams in Groups E and F get their campaigns underway, which boasts a number of teams, including two semi-finalists in 2018 and two teams that have lifted the World Cup trophy in more recent times.

Only Brazil have won the World Cup more times than Germany’s four and Hansi Muller’s team get their Group E campaign underway with a game against Japan. The other two teams in the group, Spain and Costa Rica will meet in the game afterwards in what should be a keenly fought contest.

However, it is Morocco and Croatia from Group F who get the action underway today in the early kick off, with the late game seeing Belgium face an improving Canada team in Al Rayyan.

It is fair to say that the big teams in today’s games will have been pleased to have a comparably easier start than they would have had facing the other big European nation in their group and perhaps that could be key in allowing these teams to get off to a positive start.

Or can one of the minnows in these groups pull off a shock result here and put one of the shorter priced options at this World Cup under immense pressure to even qualify from the group?

Let’s take a closer look at today’s games GMT

Today’s Games

*Venue and Kick Off Time shown in brackets

  • Group F – Morocco v Croatia (10am, Al Bayt Stadium)
  • Group E – Germany v Japan (1pm, Khalifa International Stadium)
  • Group E – Spain v Costa Rica (4pm, Al Thumama Stadium)
  • Group F – Belgium v Canada (7pm, Al Rayyan Stadium)

World Cup 2022 Tips – Tuesday 23rd November

Morocco VS Croatia
23/11/2022 10:00 am GMT

Key Stats

Group F Status - First Game for Both Teams
Past Results – Played – 1, Croatia Wins – 0, Morocco Wins – 0, Draws - 1
Injuries/Suspensions – Morocco – None; Croatia - None
Betting Trends – Both teams have scored in just one of Morocco’s last five games.

Analysis

The only previous game between these two was back in 1996 and finished in a draw after 90 minutes and extra time, with Croatia then going on to win a penalty shootout in the King Hassan Cup, but there’s no relatively recent action between the two to give us a pointer as to who is in the best shape here.

Croatia have bounced back after a post-World Cup lull. At one point it looked like this experienced team was going to slowly drift down the rankings, but they have come back stronger over the last few months, notching up some fine results against the likes of Denmark and France in that run.

Morocco though are no pushovers. Losing just once since their African Cup of Nations quarterfinal loss back in January (against the United States). They have wins over South Africa, Liberia and most impressively Chile in that period, while holding Paraguay to a draw too.

My one concern for Morocco is that they tend to struggle to score goals against the very best teams and I think Croatia will be slightly too strong for them here. It won’t be a walk in the park for the European side, but I am backing them to claim a victory to nil here, probably by a 1-0 or 2-0 scoreline.

Prediction

Croatia to win to nil - £10 returns £30.00
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Germany VS Japan
23/11/2022 1:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Group E Status - First Game for Both Teams
Past Results – Played – 4, Germany Wins – 2, Japan Wins – 0, Draws - 2
Injuries/Suspensions – Ger – Neuer (inj doubt): Jap - None
Betting Trends – Both teams have scored in one of Japan’s last nine games.

Analysis

Japan and Germany have never met in a competitive game and the Japanese are yet to land a win over their opening World Cup opponents. Unsurprisingly, Germany start as the very clear favourites to win this game and I don’t think that you are going to find too many punters that will believe the Japanese have much of a chance here.

This Germany side is a little different to other star teams of the past. Defensively, I do feel this German side offer you plenty of chances, as showed by their 3-3 draw with England, but they have such great attacking players, particularly in wide areas, that they are a huge threat when they break quickly.

I think both of these teams have probably had better squads in other World Cups over the years but that makes me think that this means a Germany win is even more likely as they have maintained that advantage over most teams.

Japan won’t lack speed or fitness and they won’t be overawed by the Germans, but while I think they will find the net, I cannot see them having any real chance here and I would not be surprised if Germany landed a comfortable win by a 3-1 or 4-1 scoreline.

Prediction

Germany to win and both teams to score - £10 returns £32.00
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Spain VS Costa Rica
23/11/2022 4:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Group E Status - First Game for Both Teams
Past Results – Played 3, Spain Wins – 2, Costa Rica Wins – 0, Draws - 1
Injuries/Suspensions – Spain – None; Costa Rica - None
Betting Trends – Both teams have lost just one of their last ten games in all comps.

Analysis

Spain will know that Costa Rica will be a far from easy game to open up their World Cup campaign, with the Central American side coming through a qualifier against New Zealand in Qatar a few months back to ensure they qualified for the finals.

It is also worth remembering Costa Rica reached the quarterfinals in Brazil 2014, but I think their team is considerably weaker from that tournament with many key members of that squad still playing although many years older and into their mid to late 30s.

In contrast, Spain’s squad is relatively youthful, bar a few experienced players in defence, midfield and attack. No David De Gea in goal means Unai Simon will likely get the nod while Barcelona youngsters Gavi, Ansu Fati and Pedri could all have key roles for the team, even if they come on from the bench.

I can see this being a close game initially but as time wears on I expect the Spanish side to wear down their opponents and grab some late goals to make the scoreline a little more flattering and I think Dani Olmo is great value here to score at any time for the Spaniards.

Prediction

Dani Olmo (Spain) – Anytime Goalscorer - £10 returns £30.00
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Belgium VS Canada
23/11/2022 7:00 pm GMT

Key Stats

Group F Status - First Game for Both Teams
Past Results – Played – 1, Belgium Wins – 1, Canada Wins – 0, Draws - 0
Injuries/Suspensions – Belgium – None; Canada - None
Betting Trends – Both teams have scored in 9 of Belgium’s last 12 games in all comps.

Analysis

Canada are one of the most improved teams in the world over the last few years with the likes of Cyle Larin, Jonathan David and Alphonso Davies spearheading the teams successful World Cup qualifying campaign, topping their group ahead of the United States of America and Mexico. No mean feat for a team without a huge World Cup pedigree.

However, they begin with one of the toughest tests of any of the lower ranked teams in the tournament as they face a Belgium side who are still ranked very highly in the world and who, on their day, are still capable of beating any team in the world.

Whether or not this Belgium side is now a tad past its best and their golden generation has had its best chance of silverware I am not too sure. Those experiences of the past World Cup and European Championships will stand them in good stead here and I still feel they will go deep into this tournament.

I expect Belgium to win very comfortably and I think backing Romelu Lukaku to score a couple of goals or more is a very good value bet. The striker is Belgium’s highest ever goalscorer and he has a knack of scoring in big tournaments, especially in the knockout phase.

Prediction

Romelu Lukaku (Belgium) to score 2 or more goals - £10 returns £65.00
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