Japan take on Spain at Khalifa International Stadium in their third match at the World Cup. The last game of the group stage takes placethis coming Thursday.
After the first two rounds of group matches in the World Cup, Japan have three points as number two, while Spain rank as number one on four points. Spain travel to this game against Japan as number seven in the FIFA world ranking, with the home side sitting as number 24.
As rather big outsiders in this group it would be considered an upset if Japan were to survive the World Cup beyond the group stage. It has the look of a tough evening for Japan.
Spain are big favourites to top their group and not only that. They are also capable of laying claim to a place in the final, if all the margins work out right.
Japan vs Spain Prediction
Japan are currently performing inconsistently, as they lost against Canada by a 1-2 score, before winning 1-2 against Germany. They lost again in their most recent match, this time 0-1 against Costa Rica. Japan were able to win five of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in three of these outings.
Japan step into their next match on Thursday having scored a nice average of 1.8 goals in ten matches. They managed a total of 18 goals, while also allowing eight goals against. That is an average of 0.8 goals against per match. They were able to hang on to a clean sheet five times in those matches.
Spain claimed seven points from their last nine available, as the won by 0-1 and 7-0 against Portugal and Costa Rica, respectively. Last time out, Germany ended up stealing a point in a 1-1 draw. Spain were able to win six of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing three of the games. They suffered one defeat as well.
Spain are brimming with confidence in front of goal before the upcoming match in the World Cup, as they show off very handsome numbers from their previous ten games. They scored 2.4 times on average per match, for a total of 24 goals. They also let in seven goals goals, leaving an average of 0.7 per match. Furthermore, they fought their way to a clean sheet five times.
Japan are still optimistic of getting through to the next stage after picking up three points from their first two outings. A second win in the World Cup tournament would send them through to the next round. One win and one draw is a decent opening to this season in the World Cup for Spain who are feeling good about their chances to see the next stage. Another win and they'll be bouncing.
Japan vs Spain Stats
- In the last 6 Japan matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Japan have not lost 6 of the last 7 matches
- Japan have scored in 4 of the last 5 matches
- Japan have not conceded in 5 of the last 7 matches
- Spain have scored in the last 22 matches in a row
- Spain have not lost 14 of the last 16 matches
- Spain have won 5 of the last 6 matches
- In 3 of the last 4 Spain matches the sum of goals was over 2.5
Japan vs Spain Lineups
Japan vs Spain Betting Tips
As the new World Cup campaign has recently started, we are still a bit in the dark, as to which striker will dominate the top scorer table for Japan and Spain this season. However, there might be some interesting prospects, when looking at the list of players who are in the best form at the moment.
Japan claimed all three points five times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing two along the way. They endured defeat in three of the games in this run. Spain have won six of their last 10 games, while drawing three and losing one in this series of matches.
Over 2.5 goals happened in six of Japan’s last ten matches in all tournaments. They banged in an average of 1.8 goals on the way. Over 2.5 goals happened in five of the last ten outings for Spain, who managed to score 2.4 times in those matches. Spain scored at least one goal in their last 23 matches.
Spain have been ready from the outset, scoring the opening goal no less than eight times in their previous 10 outings. Japan scored the first goal of the game in three of their last 10 games.