The 2022 World Cup in Qatar is here starting Monday, November 21st. The RPS squad is ready to go with Playbooks, Core Plays, a Trust the Process video, and the most active Discord community in DFS.
Jaime Durand has been the lead soccer coordinator since RPS started. In this series of articles he will be previewing every team in the tournament, group by group, providing players to watch and of course, his pick to win the group.
Germany comes into this World Cup as one of the favorites to win it all and definitely my favorite to win this group. They did not look good in the Nations League only winning one of their last 6 games but if we look deeper we can see that during the last round of qualifiers for the World Cup they won their last seven games by a combined score of 31 to 2. The competition was not the greatest in those games but we can see how dominant this German team can be. Spain will be their toughest game in the group stage and watch out for Japan but Germany should top this group heading into yet another round of 16.
Top Players: Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sane, and Kai Havertz
Players to Watch: Jamal Musiala, Yousouffa Moukoko and Karim Adeyemi
The 2010 World Cup Champions might be in one of the toughest groups in the tournament being paired up with Germany and a Japan team that is being completely overlooked but boasts a great amount of top-level talent. La Furia Roja is young and I mean really young but the talent level is elite. The majority of the squad plays in La Liga and there’s a chance the entire midfield could be all Barcelona Players along with some of the attackers so while other teams are having to take some time to get used to each other these guys know how to play together better than any other team in Qatar. The future is bright for Spain and this group will win a World Cup but this is not the year. They will have enough to get through to the round of 16 but Germany will edge them out to win the group.
Top Players: Ansu Fati, Ferran Torres, and Pedri
Players to Watch: Gavi and Yeremi Pino
The Samurai Blue comes into this group as the clear third-best team. However, if there is one team that could crash the party of 16 and send one of the biggest favorites homes early it is this Japan team. This team is loaded with talent from the top leagues in the world. Former Liverpool now Monaco man Takumi Minamino will lead this attack along with Daichi Kamada and Takefusa Kubo. Japan has a puncher’s chance to get to the next round but ultimately it will finish third behind Germany and Spain.
Top Players: Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada and Takefusa Kubo
Players to Watch: Daizen Maida and Kaoru Mitoma
While Japan has a realistic chance of moving on to the round of 16 I just do not see much of a chance for Los Ticos. Costa Rica reaches the World Cup for the third straight time and they bring in veterans like Bryan Ruiz, Celso Borges, and Joel Campbell but also bring in young talent in Sunderland Forward Jewison Bennette. They will play hard and will probably be back in four years but I do not see them beating anyone in this group, therefore, finishing last and going home after the group stage.
Top Players: Joel Campbell
Players to Watch: Jewison Bennette
Group E Predictions
Jaime: Germany, Spain, Japan, and Costa Rica.
Rubio: Spain, Japan, Germany, and Costa Rica
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