Thailand vs Japan
Asia – 2018 World Cup Qualifier
Date: Tuesday; 6 September 2016
Kick-off: 13:15 UK
Venue: Rajamangala National Stadium (Bangkok).
Japan and Thailand will be looking for their first point when they face-off in their second fixture of the third round of the Asian leg of World leg qualifiers.
Thailand looked to have done a good job in their match against Saudi Arabia. And it even looked like they are going to come out with a point. But an 84th minute penalty ended all their hopes and Saudi escaped with all three points.
While Japan’s 2-1 defeat at home against UAE was least expected. They even took the lead just after 11 minutes from kick-off. But UAE were quick in relying as their top scorer Ahmed Khalil found the back of the net after 8 minutes. He then scored again early in the second half and Japan despite having plenty of ball possession, failed to pose any serious threat to the UAE goal.
Thailand vs Japan: Head-to-Head
The last meeting between Japan and Thailand was during the 2010 World Cup qualifying tournament in calendar year 2008. Japan won both legs with clean margins, 4-1 at home and 3-0 away.
Thailand have lost in each of the last 5 matches against Japan, with three of them coming at their home ground.
Thailand vs Japan: Prediction
Thailand are a much improved side in recent years and they have the ability to trouble higher ranked sides, especially while playing at home. But Japan are a quality side and if they don’t repeat the mistakes like in the group opener against UAE, they will win this quite comfortably.
The Japanese side have scored 15 goals in their last 5 away games. Also they had enough chances to see off the game against UAE. They could easily put three or more goals past Thailand. This is also consolidated by the fact that they are in desperate need for all three points to stay alive in the group.
Thailand vs Japan: Betting Tips
Half Time/Full Time – Japan/Japan at 4/6 (1.66)
Over 2.5 goals at 8/11 (1.72).