Japan vs Panama
Date: Friday, 12th October 2018
Kick-off at 11:35 UK/ 12:35 CET
Venue: Denka Big Swan Stadium (Niigata).
As the Asian Cup is just around the corner Japanese will be building their team with that in mind. They will play Turkmenistan in their opening match in U.A.E.
The defeat to U.A.E in the Quarter-final of Asia Cup 2015 marked their worst performance in the tournament for 19 years. The Asian giants have challenges from the home side and much stronger rivals South Korea and Australia.
Samurai blue and their fans have won the hearts of many people around the globe with their performance in the Russia World Cup. After taking a 2-0 lead they lost the match 3-2 to Belgium who was considered one of the favorites this year.
The team has lost their iconic player Keisuke Honda due to retirement after the WC. But the squad has enough depth to challenge any team. Kagawa, Inui, Nagatomo are all still game .Inui was the central point of Japan at Russia.
Panama made their first WC appearance in 2018 and didn’t pass the group stage. The team had tough opposition in the group with Belgium and England going into the Knockout phase. The canal men finished last in the group behind third place Tunisia.
Japan vs Panama Head to head
They have not met each other in any match.
Japan vs Panama Prediction
Japan has scored in all but one of their 5 matches in the WC. Samurais look good going forward. With Inui’s pace they will be organizing quick counters also.
Panama may have slight physical advantage over the home side, but Japan has proved that they can create fear in the minds of even the strongest teams in the world. The visitors could score from set pieces taking into consideration that they have players who are good in air. Thus the btts bet come into play.
But Japan with home advantage will be the clear favorites to win this friendly without much effort.
Japan vs Panama Betting tips
FT – Japan to win @ 7/10 (1.70)
Value is in backing the Both teams to Score @ 11/10 (2.10).