Colombia vs Japan – Predictions, Odds & Betting Tips

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Colombia 1.73 | Draw 3.40 | Japan 5.25
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19 June 2018 – 10pm – AEST
Group H
Mordovia Arena – Saransk – Russia

In a critical FIFA 2018 World Cup Group H encounter, South American heavyweights, Colombia, meet Asian team, Japan, in Saransk.

The two sides have met three times previously;

  • 2003 – Japan 0 Colombia 1
  • 2007 – Japan 0 Colombia 0
  • 2014 – Japan 1 Colombia 4


Colombia are looking to repeat their performance from the 2014 World Cup where they reached the quarter-finals. To replicate that performance from 4 years ago will be harder this time around as they are not among the top 8 seeds (Poland will be stronger than any side Colombia met in 2014).

Few sides hit on the breakaway as fast as Colombia can when playing through star James Rodriguez, as they showed impressively recently in their 3-2 defeat of France. In defence (anchored by Sanchez and Yerry Mina) it’s far more athletic than that of 4 years ago. Colombia now has more versatility and goal-scoring options.


Japan are probably the most talented side from Asia at the World Cup. In Kagawa and Honda, Japan possess possibly the two most gifted players Japan has ever produced.

However, how Japan will play is an absolute mystery. A massive player turnover at the end of an era is underway, and a new coach in Nishino has been assigned, who has yet to coach Japan in a competitive match.

Preview & Predictions

Colombia are the very-short-priced $1.73 favourites for the match with Betstar. There is no evidence to assess the form of the Japanese team, starting at a generous $4.75.

Better value betting options exist by takin a look at the exact score prediction. Excellent value exists at $8.50 if you fancy a 2-1 win to Colombia.


  • Colombian Striker, Radamel Falcao has scored 25 goals in 68 matches for his country.
  • Colombia to be eliminated at the quarter final stage of the tournament $4.50
  • Japan have scored an average of 1.1 goals per game in their last 10 matches.
  • Japan to score more than 2 goals – $4.80
  • Japan to be top Asian team at the World Cup – $3.00

Possible Lineups

Colombia: Radamel Falcao (captain), David Ospina, Cristián Zapata, Óscar Murillo,Santiago Arias, Wílmar Barrios, Carlos Sánchez, Carlos Bacca, Abel Aguilar,  James Rodríguez, Juan Cuadrado, Camilo Vargas, Yerry Mina, Luis Muriel, Mateus Uribe, Jefferson Lerma, Johan Mojica, Frank Fabra, Miguel Borja, Juan Fernando Quintero, José Izquierdo, José Fernando Cuadrado, Dávinson Sánchez.


Japan: Makoto Hasebe (captain), Eiji Kawashima, Naomichi Ueda, Gen Shoji, Keisuke Honda, Yuto Nagatomo, Wataru Endo, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Usami, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Yoshinori Mutō, Takashi Inui, Yuya Osako, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Ryota Oshima, Hiroki Sakai, Tomoaki Makino, Gōtoku Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Kosuke Nakamura.


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