World Cup Group E odds: Spain remains in the driver's seat
The Spanish have looked excellent at the World Cup so far. Photo by Matthias Schrader/AP

Group E was billed as one of the toughest groups entering the World Cup, and its four teams have combined for some unpredictable results thus far.

The latest: Spain is extremely likely to win the group thanks to its dominant opening win, and Germany is well-positioned to snag the second spot despite being upset by Japan in its first game.

Here are the updated World Cup Group E odds.

World Cup Group E odds

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TeamWinnerTop 2
Spain-2,000OTB
Japan+750+525
Costa Rica+12,000+800
GermanyOTB-1,000

Odds as of 3:32 p.m. ET on 11/29/2022.

Check out the latest odds to win Group E.

Spain (-2,000) If Spain loses to Japan it'll lose the group, but the juice on this line to win indicates that's an unlikely scenario. Because of its incredible goal differential (+7) Spain is almost a mathematical certainty to go through even if it loses.

If both Japan and Costa Rica win Spain won't make the round of 16, but that's an outcome priced at +18,800.

Japan (+750): A win over Spain would put Japan through in first place, but that's far easier said than done. A loss would have the side on the outside looking in.

If Japan draws, it'll need a draw in the other game or a Germany win by one goal. That's a scenario that could come to pass, but there's a reason Japan's odds to win the group are similar to its odds to advance.

Costa Rica (+12,000): Because of Costa Rica's horrendous goal differential (-6) the team needs to beat Germany to advance, and that won't be easy for a side that lost 7-0 to Spain.

If the Costa Ricans can pull a shocking upset, its hopes for a group win lie in a draw between Spain and Japan. Costa Rica is unlikely to make it through, and the odds reflect that.

Germany (OTB) - Germany is in an unusual position where winning the group is impossible but coming in second is easy to envision. A win over Costa Rica and a Spanish win over Japan would put the Germans into the round of 16.

A Spain-Japan draw could also work for Germany if it beats Costa Rica by two or more goals. None of those outcomes are particularly unlikely, but this team already failed to take care of business against a Japanese team it was favoured against.

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