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Colombia VS Japan MATCH PREDICTION

19.06.2018 14:00, World Cup
Colombia
1:2 Loss
Japan
Home win Odds 1.73

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PRE-MATCH ANALYSIS

The first Tuesday of the World Cup will open up at Mordovia Arena in Saransk. Here Colombia will face Japan in the day fixture. Four years on, Colombia and Japan are gearing up for another showdown at the global extravaganza. On 24 June 2014, Los Cafeteros came out firing on all cylinders to claim an impressive 4-1 victory over the Japanese in Brazil. The two teams will now meet again in Group H action at Russia 2018. What will the result be this time?

When Colombia returned to the World Cup at Brazil 2014 after missing three successive instalments, they won hearts and minds across the board. Led by star man James Rodriguez, they produced a string of eye-catching performances to advance to the quarter-finals for the first time, eventually going down 2-1 to Brazil in a tightly-contested game. 

Last year Colombians passed successfully through the long South-American qualifiers. They possessed the fourth place with twenty-seven points after 18 games. Their record included seven wins, six draws and five losses, 21 goals for and 19 goals against.

Meanwhile, despite only making their first appearance at the World Cup in 1998, Japan have established themselves as a fixture on the global stage. Indeed, this is their sixth successive participation and they are gunning to break new ground by progressing beyond the Round of 16, which they have reached on two occasions (in 2002 and 2010).

Japanese finished on the first place their qualifying campaign having earned one point more than the nearest rivals, Saudi Arabia and Australia.

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Possible Line-ups:
Colombia: David Ospina; Santiago Arias, Yerry Mina, Davinson Sanchez, Johan Mojica; Abel Aguilar, Carlos Sanchez, Juan Cuadrado, James Rodriguez; Luis Muriel, Radamel Falcao

Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Tomoaki Makino, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako

Japan are winless in their three matches against Colombia. The first encounter was at the FIFA Confederations Cup France 2003, which the South Americans edged 1-0. The second, a friendly in 2007, was a 0-0 draw, while the third was the aforementioned meeting at Brazil 2014, in which the Coffee Growers were comfortable 4-1 winners.

We are not sure Japan secure their first victory this time. Let’s remember Colombia has two big stars in its roster James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao. We believe they will wake up after two goalless draws against Egypt and Australia and win alike they beat France three month ago. We recommend to bet on the home side’s win with a nice coefficient of 1.73.

Performance :

  • Colombia recent matches Win:2 Lost:2 Draw:3
    • Egypt - Colombia 0 : 0
    • Australia - Colombia 0 : 0
    • France - Colombia 2 : 3
    • China - Colombia 0 : 4
    • Republic of Korea - Colombia 2 : 1
    • Peru - Colombia 1 : 1
    • Colombia - Paraguay 1 : 2
  • Japan recent matches Win:2 Lost:4 Draw:1
    • Japan - Paraguay 4 : 2
    • Switzerland - Japan 2 : 0
    • Japan - Ghana 0 : 2
    • Japan - Ukraine 1 : 2
    • Japan - Mali 1 : 1
    • Japan - Republic of Korea 1 : 4
    • Japan - China 2 : 1

Last meetings:

24.06.2014 Japan 1 : 4 Colombia
05.06.2007 Japan 0 : 0 Colombia
22.06.2003 Japan 0 : 1 Colombia

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