Japan vs Colombia
Date: Friday, 22 March 2019
Kick-Off at 10:20 UK / 11:20 CET
Venue: Nissan Stadium (Yokohama).
Japan and Colombia are set to open the curtain to the new edition of the Kirin Challenge Cup on Friday morning at Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. The tournament is of a friendly character and will serve as a perfect opportunity for these two likes to test each other before this summer’s Copa America.
While you were probably used to see Los Cafeteros at Copa America, Japan will also be there as a guest nation alongside Qatar. It will be their maiden appearance at the strongest continental competition for the national teams in South America.
This will be the first fixture for Japan after January’s 1-3 loss to Qatar in the Asian Cup final. Hajime Moriyasu’s men generally had a very successful tournament with six wins in six matches before they fell at the very last hurdle to take the silver medal.
Japan vs Colombia: Head-to-head
This will only be the fifth head to head encounter between the two outfits.
Colombia won two, drew one and lost one of past four.
However, the lone win for Japan came in a very important match in the group phase of the World Cup in Russia last summer (1-2).
Japan vs Colombia: Prediction
Colombia enjoyed a superb form in post-World Cup friendlies. They won three and drew one of four bagging as many as nine goals in total in these three wins against Venezuela, United States and Costa Rica. The only draw came against heavyweights Argentina (0-0 in September last year).
The former Iranian national team head coach Carlos Quieroz called up a very strong squad for two matches against Japan and Korea Republic at this Kirin Challenge Cup. He will be able to count on main stars Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez. A lot is also expected from red-hot striker Duvan Zapata who is enjoying the best season of his career with Atalanta in this term of Serie A .
Unlike his colleague, Hajime Moriyasu will be without a host of first-team regulars. Japanese defensive line will be significantly weakened without the likes of Maya Yoshida (captain), Hiroki Sakai, Yuto Nagatomo and Tomoaki Makino. Moving forward, Moriyasu only has two strikers available for this match and both of them will make an international debut here (Daichi Kamada and Musashi Suzuki).
The visitors are thus well worth backing to win at 2.50 odds, while we will alternatively back them to score two or more goals at 2.37.
Japan vs Colombia: Bet Tips
Colombia to win @ 2.50 (6/4)
Colombia Over 1.5 Team Goals @ 2.37 (11/8).