Japan v Scotland Betting Tip Both teams to score – 14 June 2019

Scots can trouble Japan

JapanJapan v ScotlandJapan
Friday 14th June 1400hrs 
Football – International – Women’s World Cup
Pick Both teams to score  
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Odds: EVENS (odds taken 19.30 GMT, Thursday 13th June)

Neither Japan or Scotland got off to the best start in this tournament and will be looking for better on Friday when they meet in Rennes on Friday afternoon.

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Japan Preview – Can Japan recover from disappointing opening draw?

Japan had their finest ever moment when winning the 2011 World Cup. It was a magnificent achievement for the nation who were massive underdogs against the USA in the final. There are no such surprises now around the Japanese, but they do have some to go if they are to replicate that feat. This year’s competition started on a very low-key note, though, drawing a blank against Argentina. Japan were expected to brush aside that opponent and set them up for Friday’s game against Scotland. It will require a much more dynamic and clinical performance to get them three points which would put them in a good position for qualifying to the knockout stage. With England to come in their final game it makes this match all that more important. The stalemate with Argentina extended Japan’s winless run to five games. That will be frustrating for coach Asako Takahura but they have played some strong opponents in that time.

Japan will expect to have a lot of possession against the Scots on Friday. The challenge for them is what they do with it. All too often in their opening game they were happy to keep hold of the ball without offering a threat. As one of the fancied teams beforehand, Friday represents a chance for them to get back on track.


A goal to be scored in both halves



Scotland – Will Scotland record first win at a World Cup finals?

This is Scotland’s first ever visit to the women’s World Cup. Shelly Kerr has done a fantastic job in the couple of years she’s been in charge. The ambition she has, though, means just participating is not good enough and Kerr is aiming for the knockout stage. A controversial penalty, awarded by VAR, in their opening game against England was hardly the start the wanted. It rattled Scotland and they were somewhat fortunate to only be 2-0 down at half-time. The second-half performance was much more encouraging, however, and Claire Emslie created a bit of history by scoring her nation’s first goal at the World Cup. Losing 2-1 to a team who are amongst the favourites for the competition is a solid start. Scotland know they now have to pick up points in their next two games if they hope to qualify.

The defeat to England was their first loss in six games – a run where they have won four times. Taking it back further and Scotland have lost only six of their last 24 international games. That’s a brilliant record for an emerging country in this environment.


Key-Facts – Japan v Scotland

  • Japan were disappointing in their opening game whilst Scotland finished strongly but still ended up without a point
  • The Japanese greater hour game in 2011 when becoming World Champions whereas their opponents are playing in their first first World Cup
  • Scotland carry a big attacking threat and have scored in 13 of their last 15 internationals. Opponents Japan have kept just two clean sheets in their last 11 matches


Japan v Scotland Betting Advice

Look at this match purely on paper and it looks another big ask for Scotland. Japan are more experienced and possess more quality than their opponents. The bookmakers agree and have made the 2011 favourites to get their first win of this year’s competition. For the Scots, another defeat would make it very difficult to qualify for the knockout phase. Kerr has to summon a performance from her players that was more in keeping with the second half against England than the first.

Scotland may be less experienced at this level, but a number of their players play professionally in England. Competing at that level ensures they will be well prepared for the quality that they will be up against tomorrow. There’s going to be long spells where Scotland do not have the ball and will have to be concentrated. With Kim Little and Erin Cuthbert, though, they have two players who can trouble Japan. Scotland have scored in 13 of their last 15 games. Contrast that with Japan keeping just two clean sheets in 11 games then it bodes well for both teams to score in Friday’s game.