Japan vs Trinidad and Tobago
Date: Wednesday, 5 June 2019
Kick-Off 11:30 UK / 12:30 CET
Venue: Toyota Stadium (Toyota).
Japanese head coach Hajime Moriyasu decided to name a young squad with as many as 17 uncapped players for team’s Copa America visit later this month.
The purpose is providing the priceless experience for youngsters ahead of Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Nevertheless, Samurai Blue will thus no doubts be heavy underdogs in group with Chile, Uruguay and Ecuador at upcoming Copa America this summer.
This inexperienced squad will be on the pitch together for the first time ever on Wednesday when Japan play host to Trinidad and Tobago in a low-profile friendly. This will be the first of their two tests before the Copa America appearance.
Leicester City’s Shinji Okazaki and Strasbourg’s Eiji Kawashima are rare veterans in this squad and they are expected to be leaders for Samurai Blue.
How the team will react against the opposition coming from the CONCACAF zone?
Japan vs Trinidad and Tobago: Head-to-head
These two likes did not have the opportunity to meet each other in the past.
Japan vs Trinidad and Tobago: Prediction
Trinidad and Tobago are also looking ahead of a major event in their respective zone. They will feature CONCACAF Gold Cup in the second part of June, but will face a tough task aiming to go beyond the group stage past the likes of Panama and United States.
Dennis Lawrence’s men did little to stay competitive in the final round of CONCACAF World Cup Qualifications two years ago. They struggled badly for goals in recent friendlies too. The Soca Warriors failed to find the back of the net in four of past five friendlies. They go into this on the back of three consecutive 1-0 defeats to the likes of Thailand, Iran and Wales.
Under 2.5 goals FT has to be the main betting option here if we know that Japan will hit the court with this ultra-young squad for the first time ever.
Japan vs Trinidad and Tobago: Bet Tips
Under 2.5 goals FT @ Evens (2.00)
Full-Time Draw @ 11/2 (6.50).