Japan run out for their sixth World Cup in Russia this year, having only first qualified in 1998. Since their debut attempt at the World Cup, Japan has excelled at football and embraced the world of football too, with players playing in some of the most competitive leagues on the planet.
You can bet on Japan now and grab odds around the 150/1 mark. These are not the kind of odds to instil confidence, but there are a lot worse. Relatively new to the World Cup, we’ve got a feeling that this could be a fast visit.
Up against the likes of Colombia, Poland and Senegal, we can see these games being too much for Japan. FIFA have them ranked at position 55. With some fortune, they could qualify from the group but this is where we see potential betting opportunities.
Japan’s World Cup Path
Japan finished top of their group in Asia’s Group B, ahead of Saudi Arabia and the likes of Australia. It was a 2-0 victory against Australia back in August 2017 that sealed Japan’s journey to Russia for the 2018 World Cup.
It wasn’t tough sailing for Japan as they took one home defeat against Saudi Arabia back in the summer. After playing out nine games, Japan had booked their place, winning six, drawing two and only losing once after qualification had been assured.
Japan’s World Cup Winning Odds
As we’ve alluded to previously, we’re not banking on Japan making all too big an impact at the World Cup. There will be opportunities for bets during matches depending on their team’s performance once the tournament gets underway.
The chances of them lifting the trophy isn’t great. Even with the supposed magic of the World Cup, we just don’t think it’s a great bet, or even a very good one.
That being said, they are arguably one of the most successful teams in recent times throughout the Asian continent. They’ve managed to reach second stage twice in previous World Cup tournaments, and this is their sixth consecutive visit to the tournament. They have also acquired great results in the AFC Asian Cup, winning it four times since 1992. It reads well but we doubt these credentials qualify them as worthy of a bet to lift the ultimate trophy in the world of football.
Japan’s Group Qualification Odds
Many are describing Japan’s group as being wide open but we suspect Poland, Senegal and Colombia may live up to previous hype. Japan’s odds to qualify into the knockout stages may not be great but it could be an opportunity for a good bet.
If they do get through, the next round will see them up against the likes of Germany or Brazil. Unfortunately, this is a massive 'if', so you'd have to take any bet on Japan with a pinch of salt.
Japan’s Football Team
Led by an experienced and talented coach, Vahid Halilhodzic ran out with Yugoslavia in 1982 and managed Algeria’s impressive run at the World Cup in Brazil not all too long ago.
A staunch and determined character who’s been with the national team for two World Cup campaigns is Maya Yoshida. He’s based in the Premier League with Southampton, and also captained Japan’s team in the 2012 Olympic games. We’re expecting him to shine again at what could be his last World Cup campaign. He’s a great header of the ball from set-pieces and will always venture forward for corners and other attaching options.
Other players of note include Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa, who have both played at a high level for a number of years.
Will they be up to reach peaky heights in Russia? It’d be an interested road for them and one that holds a lot more trickier matches than they’d ever face in the Asia Cup.
Other Squad’s Competing in this Year’s World Cup
Just click on the countries name for a full run-down of their chances, tips and their best odds too.
|Group A:||Russia||Saudi Arabia||Egypt||Uruguay|
|Group E:||Brazil||Switzerland||Costa Rica||Serbia|
|Group F:||Germany||Sweden||Mexico||South Korea|