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Germany vs Japan live: where to watch the World Cup game online and on TV today

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Germany face Japan in the World Cup in the Group E opener.

Four-time world champions Germany were hampered at the last World Cup, crashing out in the group stage in 2018.

They have appointed Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick after their difficult Euro 2020 campaign, and appear to have regained their confidence.

Japan face a tough draw with Spain and Costa Rica also in Group E, but have a talented squad and hope to cause an upset. Here’s everything you need to know.

When is Germany vs Japan?

The match kicks off at 13:00 GMT on Wednesday, November 23 at the Khalifa International Stadium.

What TV channel is it on and how can I watch online?

It will be shown live on ITV 1, with coverage starting at 12.10pm, as well as online on ITV X.

What was the team news?

Leroy Sane was ruled out of Germany’s opener with a knee injury, but Thomas Muller and Antonio Rudiger have appeared to shake off fitness issues and are in line to start.

Hansi Flick must decide whether to launch Kai Havertz up front or opt for the more conventional striker Niclas Fullkrug.

Arsenal defender Takehiro Tomiyasu should be fit enough to start for Japan, who have a host of attacking options.

Confirmed lineups

Germany: Neuer; Schlotterbeck, Sule, Rudiger, Raum; Kimmich, Gundogan; Gnabry, Muller, Musiala; Havertz

Japan: Gonda; Sakai, Itakura, Yoshida, Ito, Nagatomo; Endo, Tanaka; Kubo, Kamada, Maeda

Odds

Germany: 1/2

Draw: 19/5

Japan: 13/2

Prediction

Japan may have their moments, but Germany’s attacking options should be too much for them in an open and entertaining game. Germany 3-1 Japan

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By Peter Kavinsky

Peter Kavinsky is the Executive Editor at cablefreetv.org