Belgium vs Japan Prediction, Betting Tips and Preview
In the second clash of the day, Belgium will face Japan at the Rostov Arena (Rostov). Undefeated Belgium will face the only remaining Asian squad.
Belgium finished their group campaign as first in their group with three wins and a positive goal difference of +7. They defeated Panama, Tunisia, and England, respectively. In the clash against England, it seemed as neither side wanted the win. They will now take on Japan in the last 16 round, but should they pass the Asian contestants, they are to play Brazil for the place in the semifinal. Coach Martinez did as he promised and gave the biggest stars of the team some time to rest. He made nine changes to the squad compared to the previous game against Tunisia. His bench proved to be up to the task and didn’t want to calculate at all. All they wanted was a win and a chance to prove themselves. With that said, Belgium is coming into this clash with fit and rest players, which are motivated to give their best and secure a spot at the next stage of the tournament.
Japan is coming into this clash from the second slot of Group H. They had a total of four points from a win, a draw, and a loss. This was the first time in the history of the World Cup that a team went further thanks to having less yellow cards. Japan had four cards, opposed to six from Senegal. Coach Akira made six changes to the starting eleven and that could have easily gotten them eliminated. He did something that the previous coach tried to do in the friendly matches prior to the Cup, which in the end got him fired. When Akira took charge of the team, he invited the veterans back into the squad in order to provide some stability and bring more composure. They did just that in the first two rounds, so his choice against Poland really is a strange one. In the end, luck was on their side and they progressed further. The Asians will have a mission impossible here given they are up against Belgium who has won all of three group stage matches in consecutive tournaments.
The two teams have played a total of five matches against each other. Of the five clashes that they’ve played, Japan has won three, Belgium has won one, and the remaining game ended as a draw. Their first ever game occurred in 2002 and ended by the score of 2-2. Their most recent one was in November of 2017 in a friendly when Belgium triumphed by the score of 1-0. It is worth noting that in those five clashes they averaged four goals per game. It will be interesting to see how this one plays out and to see if the older squad of Japan finds a way to counter Belgium’s youth. Both teams have plenty of talented players and as we have already seen this year, the favorite on the paper is not always the winner.
Belgium vs Japan Stats
Stats are based on the last 10 games without World Cup matches(including friendly matches)
|SHOTS ON TARGET||98||46|
|SHOTS OFF TARGET||68||44|
|OVER 1.5 GOALS||8||8|
|OVER 2.5 GOALS||8||5|
|OVER 3.5 GOALS||6||3|
|UNDER 1.5 GOALS||2||2|
|UNDER 2.5 GOALS||2||5|
|BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE||4||6|
Belgium don't have fresh injury concerns before the match against Japan. Eden Hazard and Romelu Lukaku are not fully fit but we expect to see them in starting XI. All other players are fully fit and they are ready for this important game.
On the other side Japan don't have missing players for the match and almost all players are available to play on Monday night.
Possible starting lineups
Belgium: Courtois; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen; Meunier, De Bruyne, Witsel, Carrasco; Mertens, Hazard; Lukaku
Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Shibasaki; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osako
Belgium vs Japan Prediction
Match Belgium vs Japan is going to be a true ticket booster game on the World Cup. Belgium play very well this summer, exactly they play very well under Roberto Martinez under 2 years. They are unbeaten since a friendly defeat to Spain in first game charge by Roberto Martinez, almost two years ago. Belgium cruised to qualification, dropping just two points and they are one of the favourites to play in finals. On the other side Japan was very lucky, but they can't be underestimate. Their only one win on this tournament came against a Colombian side that played with 10 men for 87 minutes. They have fast wingers, and it will be their main objective for the match with Red Devils. Belgium are the team who will play attacking football, especially for weaker team like Japan. Romelu Lukaku scored nine goals in their last four matches and he will be the most dangerous player here. Belgium are aiming to reach their third World Cup quarter-final and all players are highly motivated to play strong and aggressive in attack from the first minute. The Samurai Blue only reached the last 16 because they had accrued fewer yellow cards than Senegal, and we must say Japan are absolute underdogs against Belgium.
Our prediction and betting tips for the match Belgium vs Japan Prediction: Belgium to win. We expect from Belgium to win to nil and it is our second betting pick for the match. We expect from them to score two goals in first halve and then to rest some key players for the hard game in quarter finals. We expect from Belgium to score at least three goals and our second betting pick for the match is Over 2.5 goals. If you link these two bets then can win a big. Maybe correct score will be 3-0. Have a nice betting day and good luck in earning money with our football prediction and betting tips.