2022 World Cup: Germany vs. Costa Rica odds, picks and predictions

Kevin Erickson
Sportsbook Wire

In a Group E stage match, Germany (0 win, 1 losses, 1 draw) and Costa Rica (1-1-0) meet Thursday at Al Bayt Stadium at 2 p.m. ET (FOX Sports 1/Telemundo). Below, we analyze Tipico Sportsbook's lines around the Germany vs. Costa Rica odds, and make our best World Cup bets, picks and predictions.

Germany currently sits at the bottom of the Group E table, as it buried itself early with a stunning 2-1 loss to Japan in the opener. It bounced back with a solid result against favorite Spain, playing to a 1-1 draw.

While Germany cannot win the group, it can still advance with a victory over Costa Rica and a Spain victory over Japan.

Costa Rica was bludgeoned 7-0 against Spain, and no one would have blamed Los Ticos if it packed it in and struggled the next time out against Japan. But CRC has too much pride, and D Keysher Fuller bagged a goal at 81′ Sunday to propel his nation to a 1-0 win.

Costa Rica is very much alive for the Round of 16, but it needs at least a draw here coupled with a Spain win over Japan.

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Germany vs. Costa Rica odds

Provided by Tipico Sportsbook; access USA TODAY Sports Scores and Sports Betting Odds hub for a full list. Lines last updated at 6:34 a.m. ET.

  • Moneyline: Germany -1000 (bet $1,000 to win $100) | Costa Rica +2000 (bet $100 to win $2,000) | Draw +1100
  • Over/Under: 3.5 (O: -115 | U: -105)

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Prediction

Germany 2, Costa Rica 0

Moneyline (ML)

Germany (-1000) is going to get it done here, and it isn't going to go away from this World Cup with a donut in the win column. But you cannot risk 10 times your potential return on a desperate team, especially against a Costa Rica side that is still has something to play for.

Playing COSTA RICA +3 (-111) is an outstanding choice in this Group E finale. Los Ticos will fall in this one, but it is playing for advancement, too, and it has players like Fuller and star GK Keylor Navas to make it a tough day for Die Mannschaft.

Over/Under (O/U)

The UNDER 3.5 (-105) might be the best play in this one. Germany hasn't hit on all cylinders at any point during this World Cup, producing just 2 total goals in 2 matches.

The concern here is Costa Rica, as its back end was crushed for 7 by Spain in the World Cup opener. However, CRC also had a clean sheet against a good Japan side, so that should give Under bettors a little more confidence.

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