Wenger advises Japan for their first World Cup fixture

3rd May 2010 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will be coaching at the World Cup, in spirit at least, as the Frenchman has apparently been passing on some tips to Japan coach Takeshi Okada. There is a certain amount of pressure growing on Okada to back up his claims that he is expecting a semi final place at South Africa 2010, and it was made worse by a recent 3-0 friendly defeat against World Cup 2010 participants Serbia. Both teams only used domestically based players for the friendly encounter, as the European based stars have more important matters on their hands with their clubs. Japan face a tough test at this summer’s premier football tournament, reflected in their World Cup Odds, as they face strong European opposition in Holland and Denmark, along with power African nation, Cameroon.

Okada has been called unrealistic for his statement of expecting a semi final berth, and judging by their defensive set up in the friendly against Serbia, which was unstable at best, it looks a long way beyond their reach. This is not the spunky Japan of tournament’s past, as they are looking to rebuild after something of a golden generation of players. England play Japan in a friendly on May 30th, but the next task on the cards for Okada is to name his preliminary squad as he prepares for Japan‘s World Cup opener against Cameroon. It is the match against the Cameroon’s in which Arsene Wenger has been dropping subtle hints to Okada about their style of play. What effect this will have on the rest of their World Cup Fixtures remains to be seen.

Wenger has apparently imparted advice that Japan’s first opponents in the World Cup, Cameroon, will use their height advantage against the Japanese. The two coaches met a dinner recently, and Wenger, who has Cameroon stars on his books at Arsenal, also knows the coach of Cameroon, fellow Frenchman Paul Le Guen. Wenger has reportedly told Okada that Cameroon will likely come at the Asian side with a lot of long balls, to take advantage of their height, but the African nation are also known for the fluent passing from midfield. The Cameroon test for Japan is a big one in their World Cup campaign, as gaining even a point from it would keep them in with a slight chance of qualifying from the Group E. Betting on Japan at the World Cup however, shows how much of an outside bet that is. Cameroon lost in the Quarter Finals of the African Cup of Nations earlier in the year after looking less than impressive throughout. They fell to Angola and will use the World Cup to restore some confidence.

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