BELGIUM VS JAPAN PREDICTIONS, BETTING TIPS AND MATCH PREVIEWS REASON FOR BELGIUM VS JAPAN BETTING TIPS
Japan may be through to the last 16 but they stay the rank outsiders to win the tournament and it might be a huge mad if they beat Belgium here. The Red Devils will expect to progress to the past eight and it may just be then when we get a real idea of whether Belgium are genuine contenders or will come up short against the other elite teams.
On paper they’ve been really notable under Roberto Martinez, unbeaten because a friendly defeat to Spain in his very first match in charge almost two years back. However they’ve chosen to avoid playing with the big groups from friendlies, came via a comparatively feeble qualifying group and three games to the 2018 World Cup, we’re still not really any wiser as to how they’ll form up against the top sides.
Easy wins over Panama and Tunisia followed what was little more than a’B Team’ match against England that will have taught Martinez little he didn’t already know. The exact same could be the situation with Belgium vastly superior on paper and also using a host of players to return into the side with fresh legs.
Japan’s progress to the last sixteen was perhaps the least glorious in the history of the contest. Their only group win came from a Colombian side that played with 10 men for 87 minutes. They finally advanced thanks to some superior Fair Perform album to Senegal, with a farcical ending to their final match with Poland effectively viewing Japan prevent yellow cards and settle for a 1-0 defeat in the hope that Senegal wouldn’t flat against Colombia.
It was a gamble that paid off but trainer Akira Nishino can not be proud of his side improved and there’s over a part of irony that they made it through to Fair Play, although at precisely the same time arguably bringing the match and even the entire championship into disrepute. You may know this to some extent but it speaks volumes which Nishino had more faith in Colombia watching off Senegal than in his team’s chances of scoring a goal that could have ensured advancement from an underwhelming Poland side.
It is hard to make any sort of case for Japan here. They have lost their last five matches against European resistance, among which was a favorable with Belgium last year. To provide them a little credit, they performed pretty well in their second group game against Senegal and played some decent football but contrary to a side of Belgium’s quality, they’re very likely to fall short in most departments.
The Belgians were the best scorers at the group stage, rattling in 9 goals and Romelu Lukaku will likely be licking his lips at the prospect of a last sixteen tie with Japan. It offers him an opportunity to move top of the Golden Boot standings along with the big striker needs to be able to win any physical tussles against the Japanese defence. With 7 goals in his past 4 internationals, financing Lukaku to score anytime stinks .
The same holds for financing Belgium -1 Handicap. They are masters in the art of putting considerably weaker teams into the sword and prior to the non-event which has been the England match, they’d won four consecutive matches by 3 target margins, against sides in this World Cup while they averaged 4.3 goals per match in qualifying, the joint best record in Europe.
Belgium Predicted Lineup: Courtois, Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Carrasco, Witsel, De Bruyne, Meunier, Hazard, Mertens, Lukaku
Japan Predicted Lineup: Kawashima, Sakai, Shoji, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Inui, Kagawa, Haraguchi, Osako