Japan vs Saudi Arabia
Asia: AFC Asian Cup
Date: Monday, 21st January 2019
Kick-off at 11.00 UK/ 12.00 CET
Venue: Al-Sharjah Stadium.
A high profile match is in order as the Samurai Blue take on Juan Antonio Pizzi’s men in the Round of 16 of the Asian Cup. While Japan boasts a 100% winning record till now in the tournament, only Almoez Ali Abdulla’s masterclass offense prevented the Green Falcons from achieving the same stat.
The team from East Asia has been unbeaten ever since their proud showing at the World Cup last summer. In fact, since then, only once have they even drawn a tie. Every other fixture has resulted in wins for them.
The Green One had a horror showing at Russia this summer. They lost all of their games there and is back to another major international tournament to make reparations.
Japan vs Saudi Arabia Head-to-head (h2h)
- Hajime Moriyasu’s men have scored a total of 14 goals in their last six games.
- The team captained by Maya Yoshida holds a 5-2 lead in wins.
- Only one fixture between the teams has ended in a draw.
- Three of the last four ties had over 2.5 match goals.
- Two of the biggest wins are in the name of the team from East Asia; 5-0 and 4-1.
Japan vs Saudi Arabia Prediction
Hajime Moriyasu’s men will try to continue with their fantastic run ever since last July. Their unbeaten run stretching back to then, and their winning run in this tournament will help the team morale fly sky high. The group which missed out on a Quarter Final berth in the World Cup by a whisker, will not accept anything less than a podium finish at the Asian Cup. Saudi Arabia stands in the way, and they will not, once the sun sets on Monday.
Expect a win in normal time for the Japanese.
They have always performed well against the team from West Asia, and have routinely posted big wins in h2h ties.
Another thing that demands special note is that, notwithstanding their comparative poor results against the Samurai Blue, Saudi has managed to be a good offensive threat. They have also scored a total of six goals in their last three matches in the competition.
It’s safe to assume that the upcoming match will be a high-scoring one.
Japan vs Saudi Arabia Betting Tips
Over 2.5 Match Goals @ 2.00 (1/1)
Method of Victory: Japan in 90 minutes @ 1.75 (3/4).