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Belgium vs Japan Odds, Preview And Prediction
Belgium vs Japan Odds
Belgium take on Japan in the Round of 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup knowing a mouth-watering fixture between the winner of Brazil vs Mexico awaits them in the quarter-finals.
Belgium vs Japan PredictionBelgium to win 3-0 (+900) Bet Now
With so many upsets already in this tournament, can Japan pull off a major shock? The Rostov Arena in Roston-On-Don is the venue for the Belgium versus Japan 2018 FIFA World Cup Round of 16 game on Monday 2nd July at 21:00 local time.
Belgium are huge favorites to be victorious in this game, but with so many of the so-called big sides already eliminated by lesser opposition, Japan will go into this match full of confidence.
Belgium are unbeaten in their last 22 matches and it is easy to see why. Nobody at this tournament scored more than the nine goals that Belgium managed in the Group Stage while Japan have only managed to win two of their last nine, plus they have not kept a clean sheet in their previous 10 matches.
The Belgians are experts at putting lesser teams to the sword and always seem to score plenty of goals against them. A 3-0 Belgium win looks incredible value at +900 although it could be much more if Japan concede early and Belgium smell blood.
Belgium vs Japan Key Bites
- Japan winning the other two.
- These sides have met five times previously, Belgium have won once, drawn twice with
- Japan’s star striker Shinji Okazaki is doubtful to play due to an ankle injury
- Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku has been passed fit after recovering from an ankle injury
- Japan have only managed to win twice in their previous nine matches
Belgium vs Japan Betting Trends
- Belgium are unbeaten in their last 22 matches
- Ten of Belgium’s last 13 games have finished with over 2.5 goals
- Romelu Lukaku has scored six goals in his last three appearances for Belgium; three
- consecutive braces
- Belgium scored nine goals during the Group Stage, more than any other team
- Belgium have never kept a clean sheet in the knockout round
- Belgium have a poor record in the knockout stages, winning twice, drawing once and losing eight
- Japan have never won a World Cup knockout game
- Japan have only won two of their last nine meetings with European sides at the World Cup
- Japan have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last 10 games
- The Japanese have won five, drawn five and lost eight of their last 18 games
- Ten of Japan’s last 18 games have finished with over 2.5 goals
Belgium vs Japan World Cup Preview
Many believe this is Belgium’s best chance of winning the World Cup. Not only is the 23 man squad packed with some amazing talent, the likes of Spain, Argentina, Portugal and Germany have already been eliminated.
Belgium’s main strength is their attacking prowess; there are few sides remaining in the tournament who can match Belgium in terms of strength up front. In Romelu Lukaku they have a man who is capable of scoring against the very best teams in the world and he is supported by Eden Hazard and the spectacular Kevin De Bruyne. It is easy to see why nobody wants to face Belgium.
Even after putting what was essentially their reserve team out against England, Belgium managed to walk away with a 1-0 victory to top the group. England may have also made several changes to their side but Belgium were definitely the dominant force in that game.
The Belgian’s main weakness is defensively, but even in this area of the pitch they are strong. Coach Roberto Martinez likes to play attacking, free-flowing football and that can sometimes leave the Belgians exposed at the back. Against the best teams this is bad news, but it should not bother them against Japan.
One thing you can count on when it comes to Japan’s national football team is they always give 100 percent effort and commitment and always play right up to the referee blowing the final whistle.
The Japanese do like to attack and it is something of a rarity for them not to score at least one goal in the games they play. They have only failed to score in four of their previous 18 games, but they have also conceded in each of their previous 10 encounters.
All of this energy and endeavor is commendable, but what they have in effort is counteracted by a lack of quality throughout the team. Japan are very reliant on Shinji Okazaki, but he is a major injury doubt for the Japanese. Okazaki has scored 50 goals in 112 appearances for
Japan but has not scored in his last 18 matches for club and country.
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