The Teams’ Routes to the World Cup
The Spanish first qualified for the 1934 World Cup held in Italy where they reached the quarter-finals. They have a fantastic record in the World Cup and have qualified a total of 16 times. The 2022 World Cup will be the 12th consecutive time the Spaniards have reached the World Cup finals. Since 1978 they have reached the quarter-final on 3 occasions but had their finest hour in the World Cup of South Africa 2010. Spain was crowned World Champions for the first time when they beat Portugal, Paraguay and Germany to reach the final against the Netherlands. In the final, they beat the Netherlands 1 – 0 after extra time with a goal scored by Iniesta. For the 2022 World Cup, Spain won their UEFA qualification group playing 8 games, winning 6, drawing 1 and losing one to finish ahead of Sweden, Greece, Kosovo and Georgia.
Another team with a rich history in the World Cup that is only bettered by Brazil. Germany (including West Germany) has not qualified for the World Cup finals on two occasions. These included the first ever World Cup held in Uruguay because they did not enter and the Brazilian World Cup of 1950 as they were banned. The Italian World Cup of 1934 was their first appearance at the World Cup and West Germany finished in third place, an achievement they have managed on three other occasions. They have also finished runners-up four times matching the number of times they have been crowned world champions. Germany’s first World Cup win arrived in the 1954 Switzerland World Cup in a famous 3 – 2 victory over the mighty Hungarian team that included Puskás. 20 years later on home soil in 1974, West Germany beat the Netherlands 2 – 1 with greats including Franz Beckenbauer and Gerd Müller playing. Italy 1990 witnessed Germany’s third World Cup triumph beating Argentina 1 – 0 and their most recent win was in Brazil 2014 with another 1 – 0 win over Argentina. Germany comfortably qualified for the 2022 World Cup by winning UEFA qualification group J winning 9 of their 10 games and losing 1 while scoring 36 goals and conceding 4.
Spain and Germany have met a total of 25 times with Spain winning 9 times, Germany winning 8 times and 8 games ending in a draw. The last time the two teams met was November 2020 in the UEFA Nations League when Spain thumped Germany 6 – 0.
Current Odds at mr.play
This will not be an easy game to predict the result but you can test your skills in deciding which team will win the game or if it will end on level terms. Currently at mr.play you can obtain odds at 3/2 if you decide that Spain will be victorious. If you are convinced Germany will win the match then you can get odds priced at 37/20. On paper, this game will be close and the game ending in a draw might be something you can consider, with odds available at 9/4. Keep checking the available odds as they may change in the run-up to the 2022 World Cup and take time to explore the hundreds of different betting markets right here at mr.play.
Team Overviews & Player Profiles
The Spanish will have to be on top form in both defence and attack to keep a clean sheet and score against the well-organised Germans. They will be looking towards the defensive contribution of Jordi Alba, who can turn defence into attack with his rapid speed. He has spent most of his club career at Barcelona winning 5 La Liga’s, 5 Copa del Rey’s and 1 Champions League. Considered one of the greatest left-backs of all time he has represented Spain for over a decade competing in the 2012/2016 and 2020 UEFA Euros and the 2014 and 2018 World Cup. With such longevity this diminutive and technically gifted mobile footballer has won 85 Spanish caps, scoring 8 goals.
The attacking intent of Ferren Torres and Álvaro Morata will be something that will worry the German defenders. Morata is a striker who plays for Juventus and has played for other European giants including Real Madrid, Chelsea and Atlético Madrid. With Juventus, he is a 2-time Serie A winner, with Chelsea a UEFA Europa League winner and Real Madrid a 2-time Champions League winner. He has played for Spain in Euro 2106 and 2020 picking up 56 caps and scoring 26 goals along the way. His pace, energy, work rate and goal-scoring capabilities will keep the Germans occupied.
Joshua Kimmick normally plays as a right back for Germany and has versatility if needed to play a defensive midfield role. He has good aggression and playmaking abilities and since 2015 has made over 200 appearances for Bayern Munich winning the Bundesliga multiple times and the UEFA Champions League 2019/2020. Other notable personal awards have been the inclusion in a UEFA Team of the Year 2020, Bundesliga Team of the Season and German National Player of the Year 2021. Playing for Germany, he won the Confederation Cup 2017 and has collected 68 caps scoring 5 goals.
It may be that Spain’s Jordi Alba will come face-to-face with Germany’s Serge Gnabry and this could be an interesting battle on the pitch with both players liking to get up and down the flanks. Gnabry is a player whose career stalled in his early years at Arsenal and West Bromwich Albion. But now the 27-year-old has matured and been in the form of his life after he joined Werder Bremen and then his current club, Bayern Munich. Playing for Bayern Munich he has won the Bundesliga 4 times and the UEFA Champions League in 2020/2021. He will have the ability to cause Spain problems on the wings with his pace, intelligent runs and a keen eye for goal. He is a player who reached 10 goals in 11 appearances for Germany, the fastest of any of their international players and has now gone on to register 34 appearances, scoring 20 goals.
A Battle of European Footballing Giants
This is a magical group stage game to get excited about when two teams steeped in World Cup history come face to face. Two high-quality teams will fancy their chances to get to the latter stages of the tournament and possibly win it. You can check out all the betting markets and excellent odds that are available for Spain versus Germany right here at mr.play.