Japan vs Uruguay
Date: Tuesday, 16 October 2018
Kick-Off at 11:35 UK / 12:35 CET
Venue: Saitama Stadium 2002 (Saitama).
The small Asian tour did not begin very well for Uruguayans who surprisingly fell 2-1 to Korea Republic on Friday afternoon in Seoul. Oscar Tabarez sent a very strong line-up on the pitch, featuring Edinson Cavani and Christian Stuani as the attacking pair in the absence of Barcelona’s Luis Suarez. Team’s lone goal, however, came from Matias Vecino who took advantage of a pass from Arsenal’s summer signing Lucas Torreira midway through the second half.
The defensive line was vulnerable, though, as Sebastian Coates could not replace Godin’s teammate Jose Gimenez in a decent manner at the center-back. Gimenez will skip Tuesday’s trip to Saitama as well, meaning we’d not be surprised to see Japanese attack converting on the occasion.
Speaking of Samurai Blue’s attack, it offered a strong performance on Friday when Hajime Moriyasu’s troops smashed World Cup contestant Panama 3-0 at Denka Big Swan Stadium in Niigata.
Japan vs Uruguay: Head-to-head
The two teams will take on each other for the fourth time in a friendly this Tuesday.
All of past three friendlies (in 2008, 2013 and 2014) took place on the Japanese soil and they were all won by Uruguay.
La Celeste bagged an impressive nine-goal tally along.
Japan vs Uruguay: Prediction
We have reasons to expect a high-scoring contest here. The hosts bagged three goals past defensive-minded Panama and they will be in position to hurt Uruguay’s Gimenez-free back line. La Celeste allowed two goals against Korea Republic and we can’t see them keep a clean sheet against Samurai Blue under these circumstances at Saitama Stadium 2002.
Tabarez has a deadly attacking line-up with Cavani and Stuani and it’s almost impossible to imagine Japanese side keeping things tight at the back. This is why backing goals at both ends just has to be the way to go here. You can go for it at the odds of 1.90.
Over 2.5 goals FT is priced up at 2.10 and is well worth backing as well based on everything written above.
Japan vs Uruguay: Bet Tips
BTTS @ 1.90 (9/10)
Over 2.5 goals FT @ 2.10 (11/10).