Colombia v Japan Betting Preview & Predictions – World Cup 2018

18th June 2018 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
Colombia v Japan- World Cup 2018

Colombia vs Japan World Cup 2018 Preview 19th June – 1.00 p.m
(Full time: 1:2 – goals: Quintero 39′ – Kagawa (P) 6′, Osako 73′)

This is Group H action from the World Cup and it is a chance for Colombia to open their account on a positive note. They will have tricky challenges to come against Poland and Senegal in what looks to be a competitive group. Japan have struggled for form ahead of the tournament and they look as if they could be on for nothing more than the wooden spoon in their group. Our Colombia v Japan predictions sees positives coming for the South Americans, but they may not get the job done in great style.

Colombia vs Japan Odds*

Colombia 8/11
Draw 13/5
Japan 5/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 15th, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.)

Colombia vs Japan Preview

Four years ago Colombia and Japan met in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and they will meet up again this time in Russia. Colombia were 4-1 winners in the match at the World Cup four years ago and it leaves Colombia with two wins and a draw from their three previous encounters with Japan. Going into this fixture is the South Americans who are trading as odds-on favourites to pick up the victory to the two of 8/11 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). Will they be able to produce a repeat victory over the Japanese?

South Americans struggle

Colombia didn’t shine too brightly through their World Cup 2018 qualification campaign. They finished fourth, claiming the final automatic qualification spot from CONMEBOL but it was a campaign where they struggle to get momentum going. Across their 18 matches they scored 21 goals and conceded 19 so it was nothing very special from them at either end of the pitch. Four years ago they came out of nowhere to produce fantastic performances and reach the quarter-finals of Brazil 2014. They may struggle to get that far again as they head out to Eastern Europe where the conditions will not favour them as much.

James Rodriguez was the star of the show four years ago for Colombia and produced some stunning goals in the group stage. We don’t see a lot of goals coming from the South Americans at this tournament even though they have some familiar faces like Rodriguez, Carlos Bacca and Radamel Falcao who is the 11/10 odds any time goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). You know Colombia should be winning this game and without breaking too much sweat. For our Colombia are v Japan predictions we are going under 2.5 goals at 113/20 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM).

Blue Samurai have a blunt edge

Even though Colombia have won only two of their last nine games it’s hard to see Japan getting the better of in this fixture. We actually see a lot of value in Colombia 1-0 result at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). They are going to have more about them going forward than the Blue Samurai are going to have to. Japan’s plans were disrupted by a change of manager just before the tournament and it’s not as if they were running along in any kind of great form anyway. A 4-2 victory over Paraguay snapped a run of five winless games that they were on, losing four of those. If you look back further and therefore Japan have lost six of their last 10.

Japan have not faced particularly high-quality opponents in recent matches, having lost against the likes of Ghana, Ukraine and South Korea. Then there was a 1-1 draw against Mali that they produced as well during that sequence. Another prediction for Colombia v Japan is another Colombia v Japan predictions is a both teams not to score at 4/6 odds with bet365* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). The previous form of Japan at World Cups isn’t going to instil a lot of confidence in them pulling off a surprise win here as they have produced four wins in their seventeen previous World Cup matches. Four years ago in Brazil, they failed to collect the group stage with that will likely the same case this summer for them.

Colombia v Japan Predictions

The quality of Japan just isn’t there at the moment and they are probably going to end up losing this one. They have the energy but they are unlikely to keep their opponents at arm’s length and our top Colombia v Japan prediction is to back the South American to collect a victory with a clean sheet.

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