Colombia v Japan
Colombia v Japan Odds
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NB: Colombia v Japan odds correct at the time this page went live and are subject to change. Last updated: GMT 04:32 19/06/2018.
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Colombia v Japan Preview
The opening fixture of Group H takes place at the Mordovia Arena on 19th June, when Colombia face Japan in the opening match of their 2022 World Cup campaign.
Sportsbooks offer Colombia as favourites, and if José Pékerman’s squad can recapture their form from the last World Cup, they should easily win this match and be in with a strong chance of topping the group and advancing to the knockout stages.
Colombia and Japan have only played each other on 3 occasions in their history, the most recent in the last World Cup when Colombia landed a 4-1 victory.
Japan has never been able to beat Colombia, and based on their performance in the pre-competition friendlies, they may also struggle this time out.
They may be one of the better teams to be competing in World Cup 2022, but Columbia’s road to Qatar wasn’t as easy as they would have hoped for.
The Colombians have also been drawn in Group H, which is the most well balanced in the World Cup, and while Pékerman’s team have a strong chance of progressing through to the Round of 16, they can’t make any mistakes and really need to win this opening match.
Without a doubt, Colombia are a very talented and resilient team, but their latest friendlies were a bit of a mixed bag, and they definitely need to be more consistent in their opening fixture.
The Colombians secured wins against France and China, but they only held Australia to a lacklustre draw in their last match, and they need to play better than they did in that clash if they want to secure a victory over the Japanese team.
Japan may have topped a difficult qualifying group on their road to Qatar, but they haven’t had any such luck in their pre World Cup fixtures, not winning any of their last 5 friendlies.
Vahid Halilhodzic’s men held Mali and Haiti to draws, but suffered disappointing losses to Ukraine, Belgium and Brazil in their final few friendlies before heading to Qatar.
World Cup Group H isn’t giving them any easy opponents either, and Japan could struggle, especially if they play in the more conservative way we saw in the friendlies.
Colombia will be a tough opening fixture for Japan, but if they can push forward and create some opportunities, the talent is there to challenge the Colombians.
This is going to be a very interesting match to watch, and with both teams having such different styles, perhaps Japan can surprise their opponents and secure a victory.