Belgium vs Japan Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips

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Belgium vs Japan Predictions

Belgium’s unbeaten run continued with a 1-0 success over England and that victory was enough to secure their place at the top of Group G. Roberto Martinez’s side have been dealt a decent draw in the round of 16 and will fancy their chances of progressing to the last eight. The former Everton manager rested a number of players for their final fixture and the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard will be suitably rested ahead of this tie. Japan weren’t particularly fancied to progress from Group H and there was an element of fortune about their qualification. They picked up fewer yellow cards than Senegal and that helped secure their place in the knock-out round. Belgium should have far too much for their opponents and can be backed at 1.44 with Betway.

Belgium vs Japan Preview

Belgium have a hugely talented squad and Roberto Martinez opted to heavily rotate ahead of his side’s 1-0 success against England. It was a fairly lifeless game in which Adnan Januzaj’s superb strike was enough to separate the two sides. They finished top of Group G and have been dealt a decent draw in the round of 16. They may come across Brazil in the next round but Martinez is likely to be taking one game at a time. They have netted eight times so far in Russia and are amongst the highest scorers in the competition. They are enjoyable to watch and are likely to play with a swagger.

Japan relied upon Colombia beating Senegal in order to secure their place in the round of 16 and their gamble paid off. Akira Nishino admitted his tactics were ‘regrettable’ and he has come under scrutiny from the Japanese media. His side will be hoping to pull off a huge surprise in this fixture but they are likely to find it tough. They haven’t kept a clean sheet in a while and their defending has left a lot to be desired. They have a terrific team ethic and work hard for one another but they don’t have many individual talents in their squad.

Over/Under Prediction

Belgium have a number of terrific individual players and they have already been free-scoring at this tournament. They scored 43 goals during qualifying and have added a further ten in Russia. They should be able to score two or three here with relative ease and Romelu Lukaku is likely to be heavily involved. Japan have scored in two of their three matches and both of those fixtures featured three or more goals. Over 2.5 Goals looks a likely outcome and can be backed at 1.94 with Sports Interaction.

Belgium vs Japan Correct Score Prediction

Belgium swept aside Tunisia and Panama and, whilst Japan should be tougher to break down, a wide-margin victory seems likely. The Red Devils have plenty of options from the bench and Martinez’s side look dangerous every time they move forward. Japan are likely to remain resolute for the majority of this game but they could collapse in the second half and a 3-0 correct score is available at 8.17 with Intertops and looks a decent option.

Belgium vs Japan Odds

Betway make Belgium odds-on favourite for this tie and they can be backed at 1.44. Japan can be backed at 8.50, whilst the draw is available at 4.60. Japan are 5.00 to qualify for the round of 16 and it’s 1.16 for Belgium to make it through.

Statistics

Belgium have remained unbeaten in all competitions since losing 2-0 to Spain in September 2016

The Red Devils netted 16 times in their last five games in all competitions; ten of these goals have come in the last three matches

Belgium won the last meeting between these sides. A 1-0 friendly success in 2017

Japan have a good record against Belgium, winning three of their five meetings

These teams drew 2-2 at the 2002 World Cup. The tournament was staged in Japan/Korea

Japan haven’t managed to keep a clean sheet in their last ten games and their defence will need to tighten up here. Both teams to score is available at 2.20 with William Hill

Romelu Lukaku is the joint second top goalscorer in the competition after netting four goals so far. Only Harry Kane has scored more.


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