Japan play Costa Rica for the sixth time in their history in Group E at the 2022 World Cup. The Samurai Blue have an exceptional record in this fixture, drawing one and winning four matches, including a 3-0 win in their most recent encounter in 2018. Takumi Minamino scored that day, and he could play a key role again, having impressed in qualifying with ten goals. Young striker Anthony Contreras is one to watch for Los Ticos. He broke into the Costa Rica team in 2021 and netted important goals in qualifiers against El Salvador and the USA. Can he inspire his country to their first victory against the Japanese? Bet on Japan v Costa Rica at the 2022 World Cup on the BetVictor Sportsbook.