Japan v Colombia Odds & Betting Tips – World Cup 2014 Betting

23rd June 2014 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Previews & Predictions
Japan v Colombia

Japan v Colombia Betting Preview – World Cup 2014

Both have something to play for in this one, with Colombia needing one point to guarantee top spot in Group B, while Japan need to put a win on the board to try and squeeze their way into second place. It is the South Americans who are running as favourites to pick up the three points.

Japan have one point to their name, earned in a 0-0 draw against Greece, and that was a game which you really feel that they had to win to get themselves in the qualification mix. The Blue Samurai need to not only win this, but they will need the Ivory Coast to fail to pick up anything in their final group match against the Greeks. Still, there is always the chance, but Japan, after putting up some great form ahead of the World Cup, haven’t delivered.

From the two previous meetings between these two sides, Japan haven’t managed to score in one defeat and one draw. Their most recent clash was a friendly in 2007 in which the goalless draw happened. The Blue Samurai are winless against South American opposition at the World Cup (D1 L2). They have only scored one goal in their last three World Cup matches too, so they are struggling in that area a bit. But the goals were flowing for them ahead of the World Cup, which makes their efforts so far a bit disappointing at Brazil 2014.

Colombia meanwhile look strong. They opened with a slick 3-0 victory over Greece, and then delivered the goods in a 2-1 win over Ivory Coast in a battle for top spot. So they are looking strong and with a strong goal difference over the Ivory Coast, even if they lose this and the Africans beat Greece, they’ll probably hold on to top spot. Still, they will want to keep momentum going. This is the first World Cup in which they have won more than once. James Rodriguez has momentum, as he became just the second Colombia to score in consecutive World Cup games, and he is trading at 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. Juan Cuadrado has made more assists at a single World Cup than any other Colombian player since 1966 (3). Colombia have only faced an Asian nation once before at the World cup, and they won that, 2-0 against the UAE at the 1990 World Cup.

Japan v Colombia Odds

Colombia 5/4, Japan 2/1, Draw 5/2

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Japan v Colombia Betting Tips

Given Japan’s lack of goals, a Colombia to win to nil wager could be a sound bet

Colombia are very solid value in the match outright market

Would consider going under 2.5 goals for this one

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