Japan vs Thailand
2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers – Asia
Date: Tuesday, 28th March 2017
Kick-off at 10:35 am UK / 11:35 CET
Venue: Saitama Stadium.
Japan preserved their second spot in the qualification group after a 2-0 away win at UAE last Thursday. They have same point as group-leaders Saudi Arabia, only pushed below due to an inferior goal-difference.
However, the battle for qualification spot only get intensified after the end of 6th round. Japan are tailed by Australia at a 3 point gap. Only two teams from the group earns automatic qualification and the third placed team goes for inter-continental play-off. So, it is important for Japan to win full-points against oppositions like Thailand.
Meanwhile, Thailand were thrashed 3-0 at home by Saudi Arabia in the last round. With 1 point from 6 matches, they are at the foot of the table. Anything other than a win on Tuesday will end Thailand’s chances of qualifying for the 2018 edition of the FIFA World Cup.
Japan vs Thailand: Live Streaming Information
All the World Cup Qualifying matches for Asian zone can be streamed live at the AFC’s official YouTube Channel – The AFC Hub.
Japan vs Thailand: Head-to-Head
The Japanese football team can boast of a 100% win record over Thailand in the six matches played since 1993. Precisely five of these came in World Cup qualifiers and Japan won four of those with clean sheets.
Japan vs Thailand: Predictions
Thailand had played with confidence in their home fixtures this term. But they are totally opposite while playing away from home. In the last 8 road games, the White Elephants could win just twice. But none of these came against strong teams in the Asian Zone.
Since the opening day’s defeat at home against UAE, the Japanese team have regrouped and responded in a positive manner. They are unbeaten in the last six matches in all competitions with 5 wins and a draw. They need to win here on a healthy margin and a team like Thailand presents the perfect opportunity to do so.
Japan vs Thailand: Bet Tips
Japan to win Both Halves at 1.66 with Bet365
Over 1.5 first-half goals at 1.85 odds with Bet365.