Japan World Cup 2018 Betting – Odds, Group & Prediction
Japan found themselves in a bit of a scrap with Saudi Arabia and Australia in their qualification group from the AFC. Still, Japan managed to top things out by just a point at the end of the day. That success was built really on the back of them picking up points at home against their main challengers. What kind of impression can they make at the 2018 World Cup though as they are heading there as one of the big outsiders?
How Japan qualified
Japan were in Group B in the AFC where they were always expected to get through, however, it was a tight squeeze at the end of the day. They won four of their five home games during qualification and surprisingly their only loss on home soil was against the United Arab Emirates. That means of course that they avoided defeat against Saudi Arabia and Australia who were chasing them down for the top spot.
Going into the final round of matches, Japan held a four-point lead over both Saudi Arabia and Australia so they had already won the group by then. Which was just as well because they lost that final game. Japan posted a W6 D2 L2 record across their ten qualifiers, netting seventeen goals and boasting the best defensive record of seven conceded. They did struggle out on the road though, taking just one win in their five away games (D2 L2).
World Cup 2018 Group Stage
You will probably rarely have heard mention of Japan and their chances at the World Cup this summer. They have been landed in Group H though which is the most wide open of all the eight groups. So they aren’t without their chances in this one if they can bring their top game. They should be able to avoid going home empty handed without a point at the very least. With all of that said though they are the 9/1 outsiders at bet365 to win the group and are 12/5 odds* (Betting Odds taken at 4:06 p.m. on April 11th, 2018) with the bookmaker to qualify.
They do have a spattering of players who play club football across Europe, mostly in Germany and Belgium. Their captain is certain Makoto Hasebe who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt while their goalscoring hopes are going to be resting on the shoulders of Keisuke Honda and Leicester city’s Shinji Okazaki for the most part, while Borussia Dortmund’s Shinji Kagawa will
Play support in creativity.
As they are likely to go with experience, they may not be fielding a particularly young starting eleven at the World Cup. So is there a tough challenge ahead? Yes. Their opening game is against Colombia and this is the one where they could get something out of. Colombia are not really anything for Japan to fear and with a bit of pace and industry, Japan could well dig out a point for themselves in that one.
Their second game is against Senegal before rounding out their campaign against Poland. It is actually harder to see them coming away with points from their match up with Senegal that it is against Poland as the African nation will probably come at them with a bit more pace and power than a more measured approached by the Poles. So really there may not be a bad chance for Japan to get a couple of draws on the board and if they could just manage to churn out a win somewhere, this group is wide open and the other three all look capable of beating each other. It could be tight.
2018 World Cup Odds*
Germany 9/2, Brazil 4/1, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (Betting Odds taken at 4:06 p.m. on April 11th, 2018)
Japan World Cup History
Japan made their first ever World Cup appearance in France ‘98. Things didn’t go well as they went home with three straight defeats in the group stage, scoring just once. But then four years later when they were joint hosts of the tournament alongside South Korea, they impressed with their energy and industry and managed to get through to the quarter finals.
The Blue Samurai were out of the group stage in 2006 and 2014 and sandwiched between what they did manage to make another round of sixteen appearances in South Africa 2010. It does actually mean that they have a trend going of alternating between a Group Stage and a Round of 16 exit in their five previous World Cup appearances.
If that continues, they will get out of the group stage this time around. Japan holds a W4 D4 L9 record in their previous World Cup matches. They have lost at least one group stage game in each of their previous appearances.
Group H is going to be pretty interesting by the look of it. There is no real clear favourite there and Poland, Colombia and Senegal all look evenly matched so they will be taking points off each other. Japan are the big underdogs and really they don’t have much form over the last year to speak of but they may just well get some points on the board though. Japan are 7/18 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds taken at 4:06 p.m. on April 11th, 2018) to go home at the group stage. Either way at the end of the day it probably won’t be enough but don’t be surprised if they show up and frustrate some of their opponents out of points.Place your World Cup Bet at Bet365!
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