Colombia vs Japan Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
Colombia were one of the surprise packages of the 2014 World Cup, reaching the quarter-finals of the competition before crashing out to the hosts in the final eight. They have plenty to live up to and haven’t been particularly convincing in recent months. They crept over the line during their qualifying campaign, finishing fourth, narrowly ahead of Peru, although they failed to secure a victory in any of their last four matches. They picked up a 3-2 away victory in Bolivia, which was hugely impressive, but they also suffered home defeats to Chile and Paraguay, two sides who failed to qualify for the tournament. Japan weren’t entirely convincing during their qualifying campaign, although they secured their place in Russia with relative ease. They dropped points against Singapore and the UAE but were excellent against Australia.
They kept three clean sheets in their last five qualifying games, although they will face far stiffer tests at this tournament. They have been drawn in Group H alongside Colombia, Poland and Senegal. Vahid Halilhodzic feels he was unfairly dismissed and the new man in charge must adapt quickly ahead of this fixture on June 19th. Colombia are always highly competitive and 2014 was their best-ever performance at the tournament. They won each of their three group games and weren’t afraid to pour forward at every opportunity. James Rodriguez was instrumental in their progress and finished as the tournament’s top goalscorer. He has suffered a stop-start season in the Bundesliga but he always relishes competing on the International stage. Radamel Falcao is a natural goalscorer and should be able to help his side progress from Group H. This will be their seventh appearance at the tournament and Jose Pekerman is a vastly experienced coach.
Japan are relative newcomers to the tournament and didn’t make their first appearance at the World Cup until 1998. They will be managed by 63-year old Akira Nishino, who must adapt quickly after being appointed in April 2018. Their friendly results at the end of March were hugely disappointing and they must improve significantly if they hope to reach the round of 16 for just the third time in their history. They didn’t win a single game at the 2014 tournament and scored just twice during the group stage.
Colombia vs Japan Predictions
Colombia won each of their three group games at the 2014 World Cup and were mightily impressive in Brazil. Despite a handful of newcomers joining the squad, it is largely the same group of players who helped the South American side to the quarter-finals. They should be able to begin the tournament where they left off.
Pinnacle are offering 1.75 for a Colombian victory in this Group H fixture and they should be able to pick up three points from this opening encounter. They can also be backed at 2.34 to be winning by half-time. They netted after eight minutes against Greece during their 2014 opener.
These two sides were drawn in the same group at the 2014 World Cup with Colombia winning 4-1 in Cuiaba. James Rodriguez netted the final goal of the game, which helped put some gloss on the scoreline. He is 3.00 with 888Sport to find the back of the net during the 90 minutes here.
It isn’t expected to be as one-sided on this occasion and a 2-1 scoreline looks a likely outcome for this meeting.
Neither side will want to give much away in their opening Group H game and, with a game against Poland to follow, Colombia will be keen to avoid expending too much energy in this match. 2-1 to Colombia is available at 8.47 with Sports Interaction and looks like a sensible wager for correct-score backers.
Goals are expected in this fixture with neither side looking particularly convincing at the back recently. Japan kept clean sheets against inferior opposition but still managed to concede twice to the UAE. Colombia had to come from 2-0 down against France in a recent friendly and it’s hard to trust David Ospina, who occasionally suffers lapses in concentration. Over 2.5 Goals is available at 2.26 with 5 Dimes and is highly recommended.
- Colombia didn’t appear at the World Cup until 1962.
- James Rodriguez netted six times during the 2014 tournament, which helped him win the Golden Boot.
- They netted 12 times during the 2014 tournament.
- Colombia had only scored once during their previous appearance at the tournament (1998).
- 43-year old goalkeeper Faryd Camillo came on for the final five minutes against Japan at the 2014 World Cup to break the record for oldest player to feature at the tournament.
- Japan have failed to beat Colombia in three attempts.
- They didn’t qualify for the tournament until 1998.
- Masashi Nakayama scored their first ever World Cup goal during a 2-1 defeat to Jamaica on June 26th 1998.
- Shinji Okazaki has netted exactly one goal at each of the two previous tournaments.
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.