World Cup 2018 - JAPAN I Betting Tips, Odds* and Prognosis

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When betting on Japan’s participation in the 2018 World Cup, we should pay particular attention to the interesting constellation of Group H. In their duels against Poland, Colombia and Senegal, the Japanese should have reasonable chances, which also means potentially profitable bets for you, which we have compiled in an extensive analysis. Based on our observations of how they did during qualifying as well as of their squad, below we present the most exciting betting opportunities that caught our eye as we researched Japan’s potential performance during the 2018 World Cup.

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  • World Cup tips and prognosis
  • Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Japan
  • Roster analysis
  • Qualification and form check
  • Previous final round participations


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In this section we present detailed previews, exciting betting tips and of course the best odds for every match at the World Cup 2018.

What betting tips involving Japan should we consider during the 2018 World Cup?

Japan’s 2018 World Cup participation suggests a number of attractive betting tips, especially because of the balanced draw of their group: in Japan, Senegal and Colombia, within Group H we find 3 teams that are on an equal footing, while group favorite Poland is definitely within reach of the other teams on a good day. With odds of 2.80 from Tipico, we find worthwhile odds for Japan making it through to the next round of the 2018 World Cup, which, due to the tight constellation of this group, definitely makes this a lucrative bet. For an admittedly rather improbable group victory, mybet is quoting odds of 8.50, which is why we only recommend this particular bet on Japan at the 2018 World Cup to those tipsters who do not shy away from risk.

Whereas in the duels with Senegal and Colombia we expect balanced performances from all teams, and therefore advise against placing classic bets on a victory, in the match between Japan and Poland we see an interesting betting opportunity. In this 2018 World Cup encounter, Japan’s rather porous defense could very well be their undoing, something that was clearly evident as a weak point in their game during qualifying when they gave up 7 goals-against. Furthermore, Poland’s robust star forward Robert Lewandowski will enjoy a significant advantage against the Japanese players, who are relatively small in stature in comparison. Taking this into consideration, a bet on them giving up more than 2.5 goals in the match is rewarded at 888sport with odds of 1.98. In this same context, a bet on a header goal being scored by the offensive machine from Bayern Munich is certainly worth considering.

In conclusion, in our betting suggestions for Japan’s participation in the 2018 World Cup, we should also consider the possibility of betting on them being the best team from the Asian continent. Since Japan’s most dangerous competition (Australia, Iran and South Korea) were rather unlucky in being drawn in groups against a World Cup favorite in each case, we estimate the chances of success for this scenario to be not bad. At BetVictor, for this particular bet on Japan at the 2018 World Cup we found impressive odds of 2.75, which is why we recommend such a bet without hesitation. As our analysis suggests, Japan’s appearance at the 2018 World Cup offers betting tips sure to appeal to all tastes and with the prospect of profitable success.

Our Top 3 Betting Tips for Japan

  • Best Asian participant (OFC) in the World Cup
  • In the match against Poland: Over 2.5 Goals overall
  • To be eliminated in the group stage

What squad will Japan be sending to the 2018 World Cup?

The Japanese 2018 World Cup roster is interspersed with top international players, players who are under contract in the German Bundesliga, Ligue 1 as well as the Premier League. During qualifying, the Japanese defense revealed itself time and again as a weakness, which we see as being the result of a lack of depth when it comes to true top players on the squad. Central defender Maya Yoshida of Southampton is perhaps the only international-caliber defender on the Japanese team. That said, at outside defender they have Hiroki Sakai of Olympique Marseille and Yuto Nagatomo of Galatasaray Istanbul, both of whom are very capable performers, yet this does not make up for the lack of true defensive harmony.

In contrast, their midfield and attack are quite dazzling and compare well with other international teams: In Shinji Okazaki, Hiroshi Kiyotake, Genki Haraguchi and BVB midfield director Shinji Kagawa, at the 2018 World Cup Japan can rely on players who love to run, who force pressing situations that are typical of a 4-3-3 formation, and who are quickly able to counterattack after regaining possession of the ball. As captain, it is likely that Makoto Hasebe of Eintracht Frankfurt will lead the Japanese national team out onto the pitch. Aging offensive star Keisuke Honda of AC Milan continues to be a fulcrum of the Japanese attack, always making things happen on the right wing. In goal, too, Bosnian trainer Vahid Halilhodzic will rely on a veteran in the form of 34-year-old Eiji Kawashima of FC Metz.

How was Japan able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup?

Finishing just one point ahead of both Syria and Australia, both of whom accumulated 19 points, Japan was able to earn automatic qualification and thus punch its ticket for the 2018 World Cup. That said, the Japanese team got off to a bumpy start with an away defeat against the United Arab Emirates, putting it under immediate pressure going into the second match. However, they were able to record a must-win victory against outsiders Thailand, then get squarely back on track with a 2:1 win in the following match against Iraq. Against their strongest competition, Australia and Saudi Arabia, they achieved promising results with a draw and a win respectively, thus bolstering the claim of the Japanese to be Group 2 favorites in the final round of Asian qualifying for the 2018 World Cup. However, Japan’s round of return matches didn’t begin according to expectations, as they recorded their second loss, in this case against Saudi Arabia. With a victory against Australia in the penultimate round of matches, and due to Saudi Arabia’s defeat against the United Arab Emirates, in their final match the Japanese team could even absorb that previous defeat against Saudi Arabia, which, with its victory, had managed to capture the second automatic qualifying spot, forcing Australia into the play-off.

In almost all of their 2018 World Cup qualifying matches, Japan used a pressing-focused 4-3-3 formation, which suited this talented squad very well. Due to this tactical approach, the team under trainer Vahid Halilhodzic generally maintains ball possession, though over the course of their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup the Japanese did not always manage to convert that into actual goals. Whilst Japan did indeed succeed in putting the ball in the back of the net 17 times in 10 matches, which definitely did compare well with group runner-up Saudi Arabia, the favorites in other qualifying groups were far more convincing in this regard. In addition, Australia, who scored 16 goals, were barely behind the Japanese, which also goes to show just how balanced the first 3 teams in the group truly were. Defensively, giving up 7 goals-against, the Japanese were not particularly brilliant during World Cup qualifying, which could represent a real threat in a group where they face Poland with Robert Lewandowski as well as the strong attack of the Colombians. Their best goal scorer during Japan’s qualifying matches for the 2018 World Cup was Keisuke Honda, who was able to net a total of 7 goals during all 3 rounds of Asian qualifying.

In friendly matches during the run-up to the 2018 World Cup, Japan suffered 2 defeats at the hands of two other World Cup participants, Brazil and Belgium, while they also recorded a very painful 3:3 draw against tiny soccer nation, Haiti. However, the Japanese should definitely not be underestimated at the 2018 World Cup and have justifiable aspirations to finish second In Group H against teams Poland, Colombia and Senegal.

What does Japan’s participation in the 2018 World Cup mean for the sporting history of this island nation?

The Japanese national team looks back on a total of 5 World Cups. They first qualified in 1994 for the World Cup in the United States, since when they have never missed out on the World Cup finals. The greatest successes in the annals of the Samurai Blue were two appearances in the round-of-16, in the years 2002 and 2010. The Japanese were also able to win the Asian championships 4 times. At the 2018 World Cup, Japan will again add to the quality of the tournament. Making their sixth appearance in succession, it is now practically impossible to imagine the World Cup finals without them.

*All odds: status 22.02.2018

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