Japan Women V England Women Betting Tip: Both Teams to Score – 19 June 2019

Top two in Group D to both land blows

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Japan Women V England Women

Wednesday 19 June 2019 – 20:00 Kick-Off

International, Women’s World Cup

Pick: Both Teams to Score – 11/10 WilliamHill

 

Matches in Group D have been very competitive, even if the table shows that Japan and England have both wrapped up qualification to the next round with a game to spare. No contest has been settled by more than the odd goal, with Japan and England having almost symmetrical results thus far.

Both recorded narrow 2-1 wins over Scotland – in fact, both went 2-0 up against the Scots before conceding late into the second half – while neither managed to really assert themselves on underdogs Argentina with Japan labouring to a goalless draw and England grounding out a 1-0 win.

So there really isn’t too much to separate them, although the betting says otherwise. A Japan win is rated a 3/1 chance, with England clear favourites at EVENS. The draw, meanwhile, is 11/5.

 

Japan Women Preview

In truth the performance couldn’t get any worse, but Japan unquestionably raised their game against Scotland last time out, registering twice as many attempts on goal as they did versus Argentina. Even so the outcome was in the balance right up until the final whistle, with Scotland having created enough to suggest this Japanese defence will come under far more scrutiny when they inevitably face better calibre of opponents later in the tournament – beginning here, with England.

The statistics would back up this assertion: the only team not to have breached the Japan goal in 2019 were the ultra-defensive Argentinians in the opening game of the group, with the Asian Cup champions conceding at least once in seven of eight matches that included a resounding 3-0 loss to England in the SheBelievesCup in March.

Nevertheless the Japanese are adept at holding their own against the finest in the game: in 2019 they have also earned draws with USA, Germany and Spain as well as beating Brazil (3-1). These are all teams either inside the top 10 in the world or hovering around it. Their overall record this year reads W2 D4 L2; GF 11 GA 13.

 

 

Japan Draw No Bet
7/4

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England Women Preview

It’s evident that Phil Neville’s England are gradually building up momentum in this tournament. A somewhat unconvincing display against Scotland, lacking in urgency and intensity, was followed by a more measured and incisive performance versus a resolute Argentina.

This will be their biggest test so far, however, and it will be interesting to see whether or not Neville makes many changes to his starting line-up in the knowledge that progress to the next stage is already assured. He may well decide to play the long game and try to keep some of his key players fresh for the knockouts.

The Three Lions did experiment with personnel in several of their warm up matches for this tournament and produced some mixed results: pleasing wins over Spain (2-1) and Denmark (2-0) were sandwiched between frustrating 1-0 losses to Canada and New Zealand.

So Neville may be wise not to stray too far from what is his preferred line-up here against a team ranked 7 in the world, as there is still the not-so-small matter of finishing as group winners. England’s overall record in 2019 reads W6 D1 L2, GF 14 GA 7.

 

Betting Tips

Main Selection: Both Teams to Score – 11/10 WilliamHill

 

Betting Conclusion

We shall assume that both teams will name their strongest teams, because what else can we do? On recent form England would probably be marginal favourites on the basis of winning more games in 2019 than Japan (six wins to two), and you could argue that their performances in this tournament have improved at a steadier pace. Even so, Japan look a little big at the odds bearing in mind they are usually very reliable in crunch games against the more prestigious nations.

One thing we should have is a more entertaining game. Argentina and Scotland both did their best to make life as difficult as possible for these two, with the clear emphasis on getting players behind the ball and closing down the spaces whenever possible. Neither team will do as much of that here, in a game where there are no serious consequences for losing. Hopefully we should be treated to a more open game as a result.

Japan have scored in four of their last five matches while the same also applies to England. The bet is both teams to score.


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