Olympic 2020 hosts Japan will play Great Britain in the women’s football tournament on Saturday in Sapporo. The two sides had differing results on matchday 1 of the football tournament as Great Britain eased to a 2-0 win against Chile thanks to two goals from Ellen White on either side of halftime. In truth, Great Britain could have won by more as White had a goal chalked off due to an offside call.

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Japan managed a come from behind draw against Canada to kick off the tournament. Canada scored in the sixth minute through Christine Sinclair but Japan came back in 84th minute to score through Mana Iwabuchi. Japan had a chance to equalise in the first half, however, the Blue Samurai missed a penalty.

Great Britain claimed their matchday 1 win over the group’s poorest team, Chile. Japan will offer far stronger competition to the Great Britain team. A win for Hege Riise’s team would likely be enough to send the team through as one of the two best sides in Group E. A loss would mean Great Britain’s qualification to the next round would depend on their matchday 3 result.

Japan are unbeaten in 2021 with five wins and a draw. Manager Asako Takakura will fancy the Japanese team’s chances of a win versus Great Britain.

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Leading sportsbooks have Great Britain as favourites to win at full-time according to the latest betting odds. Riise’s team are at odds of 13/10 to claim a win on matchday 2 in Group E. The team’s defence was excellent versus Chile keeping a clean sheet. Great Britain did not play at the 2016 Olympics and have only appeared at one previous Summer Games – 2012. The squad is mostly made up of England internationals with just three players picked from Wales and Scotland combined.


Japan’s best betting odds are 2/1 to defeat England at full-time. The Japanese have had a stellar 2021 with their only blemish coming against Canada on matchday 1 at the Olympics. The quality of Japan’s 2021 opponents can certainly be called into question. They defeated Paraguay, Panama, Ukraine, and Mexico, scoring five goals or more against each of those teams.

Leading sportsbooks’ odds for a draw at the end of full-time between Japan and Great Britain are at 21/10. Great Britain had just one warm-up friendly prior to the Olympic women’s tournament. The game played against New Zealand finished 3-0.

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Riise has no reason to change anything from the first match to the second. Striker Ellen White will likely return to lead the line after her two-goal performance versus Chile. White is in incredible form for the England national team and Great Britain Olympic team. The striker now has 22 goals for the national and Olympic team combined in 52 appearances.

If Riise is to make a change, she may bring on Nikita Parris from the start. With Canada on the horizon, Riise could seek to give more subs playing time as the heat in Japan this time of the year is oppressive.

Great Britain dominated Chile throughout the match and were rarely bothered in the final third. Japan will offer a more difficult opposition on matchday 2, however. Mana Iwabuchi should start for the Japanese after she scored the team’s only goal of the game versus Canada.

Canada smothered the Japanese team for most of the first half and the changes made in the second period by Takakura helped the team claw back the draw. Japan’s 2021 results up to the Olympics are misleading. They benefitted from playing weak South and Central American opposition.

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Games between Japan and Great Britain have been few and far between in recent time. However, with most of the players for Great Britain coming from the England women’s national team, we can look at results between Japan and England to get an idea for a winning prediction.

Japan and England met as recently as March 2020. England won the game 1-0 with Ellen White finding the back of the net. Japan and England have played six times previously in international competition with the Lionesses winning four times, drawing once, and losing once. They outscored Japan 11-4 in those six games. Although Japan are playing Great Britain, they are, in reality, playing the England women’s team.

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Great Britain won to nil versus Chile to start the tournament. Team GB were very good in all areas and should build on that result from matchday 1 with another solid defensive performance versus Japan. Japan left it late to get an equaliser versus Canada. Against a more difficult defensive team, Japan should struggle to break down Team GB.


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White has been incredible on all fronts. The English striker bagged two goals against Chile and almost had a third. The last time that England played Japan, White scored the game’s only goal as the Lionesses won 1-0.

White regularly takes the England team on her shoulders and this summer, is doing the same with Team GB. Riise should continue with her hot goalscoring until matchday 3 – as long as England win against Japan.

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England won 2-0 against Chile while Japan and Canada finished 1-1 at 90 minutes. Group E has so far been the lowest scoring group at the Olympic games. That trend is likely to continue on matchday 2 of the competition. Great Britain are in excellent form and should win against Japan on matchday 2 of the group.


Great Britain are now at betting odds of 5/1 to win gold at the Summer Games. Our prediction is Great Britain will make the quarterfinals of the tournament and should book their place with a win over Japan. Our betting tips are for both teams not to score, White to get a third Olympic 2020 goal, under 2.5 goals and Great Britain claiming a second straight win.