Japan vs Costa Rica
Date: Tuesday, 10th September 2018
Kick-off at 11:20 UK/ 12:20 CET
Venue: Suita City Football Stadium.
Costa started their post-World Cup 2018 era with a 0-2 defeat against South Korea. They will be looking to wrap up the September round of friendlies on a positive note when they travel to Japan this Tuesday.
The Los Ticos are still without a permanent head-coach and the interim manager Ronald González called up a crop of young players. It is clear the emphasis is on a complete overhaul after seeing the team finishing at bottom of the group without a win at Russia.
However, things haven’t gone well in Friday’s outing at Korea with the team failing to keep possession and managed to test the opposition goal keeper just once. At the same time, their defense were put to test on numerous occasions, lucky to have got away with the 2-0 defeat.
Japan on the other hand, will be playing their first game since World Cup. They had a decent outing in in Russia where they reached the round of 16 before getting knocked out by Belgium.
The Blue Samurai has also changed things in their dugout with Akira Nishino after his short tenure in Russia. The former u-23 coach Hajime Moriyasu is the new man in charge and the squad named for this friendly in nothing short of a B-team, omitting 18 players who were in the plane to Russia.
Japan vs Costa Rica Head-to-head
Meetings between these two sides have been far and few and there has been only 2 head-to-head fixtures in over three decades.
The Japanese team is unbeaten after picking up a 3-1 win in their recent meeting in 2014 after a 1-1 stalemate in 2002.
Japan vs Costa Rica Prediction
Both teams are coming with points to prove, mainly Costa Rica who are win-less in their last 6 matches in all competitions. For the Japanese, this fixture server as a platform for fringe players to impress as Hajime Moriyasu is expected to call back his key players back for important matches.
From the betting perspective, I am looking at a goal in first half, since the last 5 friendlies of both Costa Rica and Japan saw over 0.5 goal at the break.
I am not able to pick a winner with conviction here, however I see plenty of goals in this match as Costa Rica struggled at the back last Friday and Japan lacks the experience in the same department.
Japan vs Costa Rica Betting Tips
The best bet for this game must be Over 0.5 goal @ 1.53 odd (6/11)
Both teams to Score price at 6/5 (2.20) odd is a value bet.