Japan vs El Salvador
Date: Sunday, 9th July 2019
Kick-off: 11:00 UK/ 12:00 CET
Venue: Miyagi Stadium.
Hajime Moriyasu and his men will be heading onto the pitch on Sunday with hopes of salvaging one final win in front of their home supporters, before the team travels to South America to take part in the 2019 Copa America.
A win will certainly be a boost to the team’s morale which has clearly been dwindling over the past three games. The team recovered fairly quickly from their heart-breaking round of 16 exit from the 2018 World Cup and will be vigilant of any similar setbacks as they hope to stay longer in South America.
El Salvador’s fine form in friendlies will certainly worry the Japanese defence, who have managed to keep only two clean sheets out of their last four home matches.
Bangkok United’s forward Nelson Bondella has found the net more times on the road for El Salvador and he will be looking to extend the tally against a strong home team at the Miyagi Stadium.
Nevertheless, the game looks certain to go right down to the wire with both teams hoping to snatch a win.
Japan vs El Salvador Head to Head
Carlos De los Cobos men will be arriving at the Miyagi Stadium to play out their first ever encounter with Japan with hopes to extend their four-match unbeaten streak in international friendlies.
Japan vs El Salvador Prediction
Japan look favourites to come out on top despite El Salvador coming into the game with a four-match unbeaten streak.
Despite suffering two losses, and just managing a goalless draw in their last three matches, Japan’s recent dip in form is not going to guarantee an easy game for the visiting team.
Also, the Samurai Blue have lost only two matches out of their last twelve at home, which shows that there is certainly room to hope for a win before they begin their Copa America campaign.
Apart from the 4-match unbeaten streak that El Salvador have up their sleeve, Cobos men also boast of not being down at half time in their last seven games. The hosts on the other hand, have not scored in the first half in four out of the last five games. This is a stat which make strong case for both teams going into the break on stalemate.
However, I do not see the Salvadorans keeping the Asian giants at bay till 90 minutes. The hosts may clinch a narrow win here, most likely by a narrow margin.
Japan vs El Salvador Betting Tips
Value is in taking a shot at Half time/Full time: Draw/Japan @ 1.70 odds.
A decent alternate is Under 2.5 full-time goals priced at 1.65 odd.