Colombia v Japan Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 19th June
Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) previews Colombia v Japan and provides us with his best bets for Tuesday’s Group H game, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Colombia v Japan Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 19/06/18
- Time: 13:00
- Venue: Mordovia Arena
- Channel: BBC
Colombia finished fourth in CONMEBOL qualification to earn their place this summer. Jose Pekerman remains in charge and oversaw their run to the quarter’s in 2014 which included three wins from three in the group stage.
James Rodriguez stole the plaudits on that occasion and has shown signs of his best at Bayern Munich this season. The return of Radamel Falcao from injury is also invaluable. The striker missed parts of qualification.
Davinson Sanchez and Yerry Mina make up the heart of an athletic defence that are capable of playing a high-line.
Japan appointed Akira Nishino earlier this year following East Asian Championship heartache. The Blue Samarai finished their warm up games with a 4-2 win over Paraguay, which comes as a boost given Japan lost both their other games under Nishino without scoring.
Shinji Kagawa contributed a goal and two assists versus Paraguay, whilst Eibar’s Takash Inui bagged a brace. Both could be key in a side who lack star quality in the final-third.
Both sides have a 23-man squad to select from.
Potential Colombia Starting XI: Ospina; Arias, Mina, Sanchez, Fabra; Sanchez, Lerma; Cuadrado, James, Bacca; Falcao
Potential Japan Starting XI: Kawashima; Yoshida, Hasebe, Makino; Haraguchi, Oshima, Yamaguchi, Nagamoto; Kagawa, Inui; Okazaki
Head To Head
- Colombia are unbeaten in three meetings with Japan. They won 4-1 in 2014.
Key Stats & Facts
- Colombia are unbeaten in four games, keeping three clean sheets.
- Colombia have scored in six of seven away games in the last 12 years.
- Japan have had just three games under Nishino.
- Colombia 8/11
- Draw 5/2
- Japan 5/1
Nishino is yet to take charge of a competitive game as Japan boss, and they could pay the price against a settled Colombia outfit who look superior all over. While the full-back and deep-midfield areas are an issue, they have enough in the final third to get off to a flyer. Japan have kept just one clean sheet in 13 games, and that came against North Korea. At the last three World Cup’s, South American sides won five of six games against Asian opposition.