Japan vs Qatar
AFC Asian Cup
Date: Friday, 1st February 2019
Kick-off at 14.00 UK/ 15.00 CET
Venue: ZSC Stadium.
Well, the big match is here and what a ride it had been! The last month was truly a celebration of love for the game.
Despite the presence of some big names in the tournament, it should be said that these two are the most deserving ones to be in the final. Samurai Blue won all their group stage matches and raised their level once the curtains to the knockouts were raised. The team has not conceded a single goal from the Round of 16.
The Maroons did a solid to Xavi Hernandez and his predictions and absolutely went bonkers in their games. Before the commencement of the competition, many had derided the Spanish great’s thoughts about the team’s chances. The haters sure must be biting their tongue now. Al-Annabi won every single game they played and did not even let a reasonable shot at their nets, let alone a goal.
Japan vs Qatar Head-to-head (h2h)
- The teams have not played each other since 2011. The last match ended with the Samurai Blue recording a 3-2 scoreline.
- Felix Sanchez Bas’s men have not failed to score against this opponent except for once.
- Three of the last five ties ended with under 2.5 goals.
- The team from East Asia has scored three or more goals in two of their last three fixtures.
- The biggest h2h win in the Asian Cup was registered by the Qataris. A 3-0 win.
Japan vs Qatar Prediction
Both these teams have been defensively far superior to all of their teams that they faced during the course of their journey in the competition. While the Japanese just conceded three goals in total in response to the eleven they scored, their rivals did even better with keeping their nets clean for the entirety of the month-long contest and put 16 past their opponents. All three goals that the former conceded came in the group stages.
It goes without saying that we are in store for another defensive masterclass by both squads. Though either boasts talented attackers like Almoez Ali, Yuya Osako etc, the limelight will be on the backlines. They will approach this game with the utmost dedication and devotion. In all probability, this is the chance of a lifetime for all the players involved and is likely going to be the most important hour and a half of their careers.
Suffice it to say, no mistake will be made, and whoever wants to score will have to toil it away till their bones crack. As the saying goes – Attack wins you matches, defense wins you titles, will be the mantra for both managers. It would be foolish at this point to let go of a philosophy that had been successful until now and try out new strategies at the final hurdle. Expect them to stick on with their playing styles.
The match will surely be low goal-scoring in nature, and there’s feeble chance for a goal to come in the first 45 minutes.
Japan vs Qatar Betting Tips
Under 2.5 Match Goals @ 1.50 (1/2)
Half Time Result: Draw @ 1.90 (9/10)
Half Time Correct Score: 0-0 @ 2.25 (5/4).