Japan and Costa Rica face off in Sunday’s early World Cup kick-off, with the Asian side knowing that a win could potentially confirm their place in the Round of 16.
The Samurai Blue earned a superb 2-1 win over Germany on matchday one and will likely set up with a more proactive setup against a Costa Rica side that failed to manage a single shot in their 7-0 loss to Spain.
Takumi Minamino came off the bench against Germany and will likely start here. The former Liverpool man is Japan’s active top scorer heading into this competition, with 17 goals in 45 matches. The AS Monaco playmaker is priced at 10/3 to score in a Japan win here.