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Belgium VS Japan MATCH PREDICTION

02.07.2018 20:00, World Cup
Belgium
3:2 Draw
Japan
Asian handicap - Home (-1) Odds 1.73

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

The leading goalscorers in the group phase take on Asia’s last remaining representatives as Belgium meet Japan in the final 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia match to be hosted at Rostov Arena.

The Red Devils are aiming to reach their third World Cup quarter-final (after Mexico 1986 and Brazil 2014) and equal their world finals record of four consecutive wins, set four years ago. Their unbeaten 22-match run – the longest in Belgium’s history – reflects the quality of a hugely talented side.

Japan advanced from the group phase on fair play points and are intent on winning a last-16 tie for the first time ever. They have the experience to do just that: Eiji Kawashima, Makoto Hasebe, Yuto Nagatomo and Shinji Okazaki are each set to play their 11th world finals matches, a national record. Along with Keizuke Honda, they will be looking to make up for the defeat to Paraguay at South Africa 2010, the last time that the Japanese featured in the knockout rounds.

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Possible line-ups
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois; Jan Vertonghen, Vincent Kompany, Toby Alderweireld; Axel Witsel, Kevin De Bruyne, Yannick Carrasco, Thomas Meunier; Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard; Romelu Lukaku

Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako

Roberto Martinez’s men beat the Three Lions and won their group. They got as an award Japan, the weakest participant of the round of 16. We expect the Belgian side’s full advantage with a couple of goals as a minimum. We believe Thibault Courtois will add another clean sheet to his record. Hence, our betting advice is Belgium’s win with an Asian handicap of (-1). We recommend to bet on this with a good coefficient of 1.73.

Performance :

  • Belgium recent matches Win:6 Draw:1
    • England - Belgium 0 : 1
    • Belgium - Tunisia 5 : 2
    • Belgium - Panama 3 : 0
    • Belgium - Costa Rica 4 : 1
    • Belgium - Egypt 3 : 0
    • Belgium - Portugal 0 : 0
    • Belgium - Saudi Arabia 4 : 0
  • Japan recent matches Win:2 Lost:4 Draw:1
    • Japan - Poland 0 : 1
    • Japan - Senegal 2 : 2
    • Colombia - Japan 1 : 2
    • Japan - Paraguay 4 : 2
    • Switzerland - Japan 2 : 0
    • Japan - Ghana 0 : 2
    • Japan - Ukraine 1 : 2

Last meetings:

14.11.2017 Belgium 1 : 0 Japan
19.11.2013 Belgium 2 : 3 Japan
31.05.2009 Japan 4 : 0 Belgium
04.06.2002 Japan 2 : 2 Belgium

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