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World Cup: Japan vs Spain – Recommended bets

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Japan go up against Spain on Thursday in a game that will take place at Khalifa International Stadium. This is their third and final outing in the group stages of the World Cup.

Following two rounds of matches in Group E, Japan sit as number two with three points, while Spain collected four points as number one. Japan head to their upcoming match as number 24 in the FIFA world ranking. Meanwhile, there is a pretty big gap to upcoming opponents Spain. They enter the game ranked number 7 in the world.

While considered outsiders for a group win, Japan are looking to cause a slight surprise and push their way into second place. Spain are big favourites to top their group and not only that. They are also capable of laying claim to a place in the final, if all the margins work out right.

Position in the World Cup standings: Japan vs Spain

Japan go into their third World Cup group match on three points, and will be keen on getting through this round without defeat. Even drawing here could be enough to see them through to the next round. After collecting four points from their first two World Cup outings, Spain have their target set on getting through the third round undefeated. Naturally, they hope to keep their momentum rolling and take top spot with a win.

Team form: Japan vs Spain

Japan Form

Japan are currently performing inconsistently, as they lost against Canada by a 1-2 score, before winning 1-2 against Germany. They lost again in their most recent match, this time 0-1 against Costa Rica. The Samurai Blue were able to win five of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing two of the games. They suffered defeat in three of these outings.

Spain Form

Spain look well suited to take on any opponent presently, as their last three matches saw them gaining seven points. They ran out 0-1 and 7-0 winners against Portugal and Costa Rica, respectively. Their winning streak came to an end against Germany, who claimed a point in a 1-1 draw. La Roja were able to win six of their previous 10 games across all tournaments, while drawing three of the games. They suffered one defeat as well.

Betting stats for Japan and Spain

Here are some stats and facts that might be useful for betting on the upcoming match between Japan and Spain. The facts are based on the data from the last couple of matches that these teams played across all competitions.

  • In the last 7 Japan matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5
  • Japan have not lost 6 of the last 8 matches
  • Japan have conceded in the last 3 matches in a row
  • Japan have not won 3 of the last 4 matches
  • Spain have scored in the last 23 matches in a row
  • Spain have not lost 15 of the last 17 matches
  • Spain have won 5 of the last 7 matches
  • In 5 of the last 7 Spain matches, the sum of goals was under 3.5

Players on top: Japan vs Spain

It is the beginning of a new World Cup campaign, and both Japan and Spain will be looking for their main strikers this season. Accordingly, we have listed some of the in-form players who are expected to be getting it on for each team this season.

Full-time result

Japan claimed all three points five times in their last 10 matches across all tournaments, while also drawing two along the way. They endured defeat in three of the games in this run. Spain have won six of their last 10 games, while drawing three and losing one in this series of matches. In their previous 7 outings away from home, Spain remained undefeated.

Both teams to score

Surprisingly, Japan only scored the first goal of the match in three out of their last ten games. Spain, on the other hand, have scored the opening goal of the match in eight of their last ten games. La Roja were able to win five of these matches without conceding a goal. Perhaps a number worth keeping in mind for an accumulator, depending on your betting strategy.

Total goals

Japan saw over 2.5 goals in six of their last ten matches across all tournaments, as they scored an average of 1.8 goals during this run. Over 2.5 goals happened in five of the last ten outings for Spain, who managed to score 2.4 times in those matches. Spain scored at least one goal in their last 23 matches.

Betting prediction: Japan vs Spain

In conclusion, the upcoming game between Japan and Spain seems like a decent betting opportunity. Considering the abovementioned stats and facts, we have come up with a betting suggestion for this World Cup match.