Belgium vs Japan Preview, Predictions and Betting Tips
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Final score: Belgium 3-2 Japan
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2nd July 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Rostov Arena Stadium, TV: BBC
Belgium vs Japan Predictions
Belgium finished top of Group G after taking a maximum nine points from their three matches. Questions remain over their defence but they’ve kept two clean sheets so far and beat England on June 28th despite resting a number of key players. Roberto Martinez’s side will be pleased to be drawn against Japan in the round of 16 and will fancy their chances of progressing to the last eight. With the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard suitably rested, they are likely to be incredibly dangerous in this tie and should be able to prevail fairly easily. Japan defied expectations to progress to this stage of the competition but it was touch-and-go and a Senegal equaliser would have sent them crashing out. Akira Nishino’s men have a decent work ethic and team spirit but lack individual quality and that is likely to count against them here. Belgium can be backed at 2/5 with William Hill but Betfred’s 5/4 on Belgium Win and Over 2.5 Goals looks a much better option.
Belgium vs Japan Preview
Adnan Januzaj’s superb strike maintained Belgium’s winning streak with the Red Devils chalking up yet another victory and ensuring that they finished top of Group G. Roberto Martinez rung the changes for this game and his second string proved equally effective in Kaliningrad. They have been drawn against Japan and that looks like a winnable tie but Belgium are likely to have to beat Brazil in order to progress to the final. They have plenty of pace and power. Romelu Lukaku has already netted four times in Russia and he will be keen to add to his tally in Rostov.
Akira Nishino called his own tactics “regrettable” following the conclusion of his side’s 1-0 defeat to Poland and he will be keen to win back the Japanese public by beating Belgium. The Blue Samurai were trailing and kept hold of possession in the final stages, relying upon Colombia to beat Senegal. It was a huge slice of fortune for Japan and very few football fans will be giving them a chance in this fixture. Japan had accumulated fewer yellow cards than Senegal and that secured their progress but they are going to need much more than just discipline in this match-up.
Belgium’s first two Group G matches produced ten goals and Belgium netted eight of those. They have plenty of firepower in their side and they are facing a side who are yet to keep a clean sheet at the tournament. Japan may find a way through but Belgium could easily notch three or more goals in this tie. Over 2.5 Goals looks like a decent option and is available at 19/20 with Bet365.
Belgium vs Japan Correct Score Prediction
Belgium put three past Panama but looked disjointed in the first half. They found their attacking groove against Tunisia and netted five times. Japan are likely to be tougher to break down but they did concede twice to Senegal. Goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima made a superb save against Poland and he is likely to have a busy afternoon. Belgium 3-0 in the correct score market is available at 17/2 with 888sports and looks a likely outcome.
Belgium vs Japan Odds
Belgium start as odds-on favourites for this tie and can be backed at 2/5 with 10Bet. Japan won’t be fancied by many punters but can be backed at 31/4. The draw is available at 37/10.
- Belgium are unbeaten since September 1st, 2016.
- They’ve netted 16 times in their last five games in all competitions.
- Japan have won three of their last four meetings between these sides.
- These teams met at the 2002 World Cup and played out a 2-2 draw.
- Japan haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last ten games. They have netted in three of the last four. Both Teams to Score is available at 6/5 with William Hill.
- They only managed three shots on target against Poland.
- Romelu Lukaku is the joint second top goalscorer in the competition with four goals.
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