Japan take on Costa Rica in round two of the World Cup group stage. The upcoming game will take place at Dunedin Stadium on Wednesday.
Japan sit as number one in Group C with three points following their opening group match, with Costa Rica having zero points as number three.
Japan could not have wished for a better start to their World Cup campaign. They absolutely annihilated Zambia and will be brimming with confidence before their upcoming match after their 0-5 win. Costa Rica were left gasping for air after a terrible 3-0 defeat opened their World Cup account in terrible fashion against Spain. They clearly need to up their game to achieve a good result in their next matches.
Form: Japan vs Costa Rica
Japan have looked sharp in their last matches, as they lost 1-0 against Denmark, before thrashing both Panama and Zambia 5-0. In their last 10 internationals across all tournaments, Japan registered five wins victories, one draw, and four defeats.
Costa Rica Form
Costa Rica lost two of their previous three matches. They started off with a 2-0 win over Haiti, before losing 0-2 to South Africa and 3-0 against Spain. Costa Rica achieved just a single victory in their last 10 internationals, but they were able to secure two draws while suffering seven defeats throughout this run.
Japan vs Costa Rica Stats
- In 6 of the last 8 Japan matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
- Japan have conceded in 4 of the last 5 matches
- Costa Rica have conceded in the last 15 matches in a row
- Costa Rica have lost the last 3 matches in a row without scoring a goal
- Costa Rica have not won 14 of the last 15 matches
- Costa Rica have lost the last 5 matches in a row while scoring less than 1.5 goals
- In 13 of the last 15 Costa Rica matches the sum of goals was under 3.5
Current position in the World Cup standings: Japan vs Costa Rica
Japan vs Costa Rica H2H
It is the beginning of the World Cup campaign, and both Japan and Costa Rica will be looking for their main strikers in this tournament. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team.
WIN – DRAW – WIN
OVER – UNDER
Japan saw over 2.5 goals in six of their last ten matches across all tournaments. Over 2.5 goals came up in four of Costa Rica’s previous ten matches across all tournaments. Costa Rica did not score a single goal in two consecutive games
BTTS & FIRST TO SCORE
Surprisingly, Japan only scored the first goal of the match in three out of their last ten games. Interestingly, Costa Rica scored the opening goal of the match in just zero of their last ten games.
Japan have won to nil in two consecutive home games. Costa Rica failed to score in two consecutive games. Japan will be optimistic about getting on the scoresheet this coming Wednesday, as Costa Rica only kept a single clean sheet in their last 10 games.