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AFC Asian Cup Betting 2019 – Winner Odds & Predictions

Football Betting
AFC Asian Cup 2019 Preview There is some international tournament football betting action to look in early January. The new calendar year starts with a bang out in the east as the 2019 AFC Asian Cup starts on January 5th. The Tournament runs through to the conclusion on February 1st, so it’s a big event. It is bigger than ever actually as it has been expanded to 24 teams for the first time. The United Arab Emirates will be playing hosts for the second time and this is the 17th edition of the AFC Asian Cup. The AFC Asian Cup is held every four years. It is the Blue Samurai of Japan who are the outright favourites at 9/2 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm)

AFC Asian Cup 2019 Odds*

Japan 9/2 South Korea 4/1 Iran 4/1 Australia 6/1 Saudi Arabia 10/1 United Arab Emirates 12/1 Iraq 14/1 Uzbekistan 25/1 Qatar 40/1 China 40/1 50/1 bar * (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

AFC Asian Cup Preview 2019

The reigning champions are Australia who are 6/1 odds to return to the title* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). That was the first title at the tournament for the Socceroos. Leading the way as the favourites are Japan. They have won the tournament on more occasions than any other nation, with four successes under their belt. Their most recent won was in 2011. Behind them, it is Saudi Arabia and Iran who have both won it three times each. South Korea are the only other nation to have won the tournament on more than one occasion

Qualification for the Knockout Phase

The top two in each group automatically get a berth in the first knockout stage. Extra time and a penalty shootout will be used to determine winners there if they are needed. Also for the first time, teams get to use a fourth sub if the game does go to extra time. VAR will be in full use for the tournament as well. Joining the two automatic qualifiers from each group in the knockout stage will be the four best Third Place Finishers from the six groups.

Recent winners

1996 - Saudi Arabia 2000 - Japan 2004 - Japan 2007 - Iraq 2011 - Japan 2015 Australia

Group A

United Arab Emirates, Thailand, India, Bahrain There are naturally going to be strong group-winner contenders in each of these groups with the seeded teams all being kept apart. The UAE are strong 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm) to get the win in this one as it’s expected to be a stroll in the park for them. However, they were upset in their 2018 World Cup qualification group, finishing fourth of sixth and missing out on the finals. But frankly, there is little to oppose them here. India may be worth a little flutter to follow them through. They are the highest-ranked team of the other three contenders.

Group B

Australia, Syria, Palestine, Jordan There is going to be clear favouritism towards Australia and Syria in this group. Australia are the reigning champions and have the experience and resources to contend well at the event again. It would be a major upset if the Socceroos didn’t top the group as they are the 1/6 odds-on favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They did only scrape into the World Cup 2018 via a dramatic play-off against Syria though after finishing third behind Japan and Saudi Arabia in their qualification group. They will reunite with Syria who had that brilliant and unexpected run during the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. They should join Australia in the next round.

Group C

South Korea, China, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines This may be one of the more closely-ran groups, but only between the two top. South Korea and China are only separated by twelve places in the current FIFA World Rankings but it is the former who are the more accomplished of the two. South Korea took automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup from their group, while China missed out finishing second-from-bottom in that same group. They were only three points behind South Korea though in the final standings, so it was pretty fine margins there. So this should be competitive and they will meet in the final round of group stage matches for what will probably be the fight for top spot. This is the first time that Kyrgyzstan and the Philippines have qualified for the Finals.

Group D

Iran, Iraq, Vietnam, Yemen Going based on the current FIFA World Rankings then Iran are the top side in the tournament. They are ranked at 36th in the world and the nearest to them in their group is Iraq who are 88th. Iran are one easily one of the stronger teams in the tournament and worth a look in the outright market where they are at 4/1 odds* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). They are the ones who are the odds-on favourites to win their group. It should basically be a straight result of a 1-2 between them and Iraq in this one. Vietnam have qualified for the first time as a unified nation. It is the same for Yemen.

Group E

Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Lebanon, North Korea Saudi Arabia were straight qualifiers from the AFC for the 2018 World Cup and are the clear front-runners in Group E at the Asian Cup. This looks as if it will be a routine campaign for them really and this is just about as favourable of a draw as they could have gotten. Qatar, who came from Pot 2 of the draw finished bottom of their World Cup 2018 qualification group with only seven points from ten games. It’s hard to see anyone raising any kind of threat to Saudi Arabia in this group. It may be well worth look at Lebanon to follow Saudi Arabia through from the group just as long-shot.

Group F

Japan, Uzbekistan, Oman, Turkmenistan The obvious choice here for the group win is Japan who are the 9/2 tournament favourites* (betting odds taken from January 2nd, 2019 at 1:59 pm). Looking at the set up for the expanded edition it is difficult to really see any upsets happening in this group stage round. This is just going to be a scrap for who can join them in the next round from this group. With Turkmenistan being the lowest-ranked of all the teams in the tournament, there may be a decent contest between the other two who are only separated by one place in the FIFA World Rankings.


Real Madrid 7/2 favourites to be Arsene Wenger’s next job

Next Manager Betting & Transfers
There were cryptic words from former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger this week as he announced that he announced that he expects to be back at work on January 1st, 2019. Obviously not linking himself with a club at this point, the Frenchman said that he has taken in offers from all over the world.

Arsene Wenger Next Managerial Job*

Real Madrid – 7/2 France – 11/2 PSG – 11/2 Any Chinese Club – 11/2 AC Milan – 11/2 Monaco – 11/2 Any MLS Club – 10/1 England – 16/1 Bayern Munich – 20/1 Japan – 20/1 Barcelona – 20/1 * (betting odds taken from Ladbrokes on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm). [bbutton bookmaker="ladbrokes"] [toc heading_levels="2"]

Back In Business

So if indeed he does come back, where will the 68-year-old, who spent 22 years with the Gunners, head to? He said that he doesn’t know where his next job will be, but it could be with an association, national team or even a return to Japan where he briefly had a stint with Nagoya Grampus Eight. He is 20/1 to take over as actual Japan boss* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm).

Top European Club Jobs Could Be Open

However, there are some high profile clubs around at the moment who are struggling and could be ready to shake things up at the turn of the new year. Among them are Real Madrid who are 8/1 to be Wenger's next club* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm). Under new manager Julen Lopetegui, Los Blancos have gone off the boil with a D1 L3 record in their last four games in all competitions, not having managed to score in any of those fixtures. So Wenger would probably be a decent target for the club there to take over and get them going again if this slump continues. Bayern Munich are misfiring a bit this season as well and they are unhappy with the way things are going under new coach Niko Kovac. Former Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis is at AC Milan so that could be another possible destination. Wenger is at 7/1 to manage any Chinese club* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm). But we feel that he would probably take on an international role before that.

International Doors Open

So what open opportunities are there? Germany are struggling badly at the moment while Ireland are likely to have a change of manager soon. He will be linked with a move back to France of course, but with PSG motoring along at the top of the table, it’s unlikely that there is going to be a vacancy there anytime soon. Nor at the national level. If he does go international, you can't help feel that it would probably be with someone like Japan where there is little pressure and it is somewhere where he has some kind of familiarity with. Wegner started his managerial career at Nancy before moving on to Monaco. He won the league title with Monaco and with the terrible season they are having (currently in Ligue 1’s bottom three) that is a much more likely fit at 10/1 odds* (betting odds taken on October 17th, 2018 at 8:12 pm)

Belgium v Japan Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Belgium v Japan- World Cup 2018
Belgium v Japan Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 2nd July - 7.00 p.m Belgium probably won’t have been expecting to meet Japan in the round of sixteen at the 2018 World Cup, but that’s who they got and they will be pretty happy with it as well. This is the easiest draw that they could have received as the Blue Samurai sprung a huge surprise in getting out of their group. For our Belgium v Japan predictions, we only see a comfortable success for the Red Devils happening.

Belgium News and Form

This looks as if this tie will be a fairly straightforward round of sixteen tie. Belgium won Group H ahead of England in many ways got the prize of an easier round of sixteen tie against Japan instead of Colombia. The difference is, Belgium could then be dealing with Brazil in the quarter final while England would face either Sweden or Mexico there if they get past Colombia. Belgium to win by two goals is at 3/1 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.) looks a good option. They had their second string out against England so their main crop of players will be rested. We could go bigger in the correct score market but Belgium will want to just ease through this and keep something in the tank for a potential meeting with Brazil. A 2-0 lead is a coasting lead.

Belgium v Japan 2018 Infographic

Belgium are capable of doing more but they don’t need to. Romelu Lukaku will fancy his chances of getting among the goals again as he is well in the Golden Boot race and the Manchester United man is the 13/5 first goalscorer favourite for the match* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). Belgium haven’t lost in 22 fixtures now and not only are they are major force going forward, they have taken six clean sheets in their last eight games as well. Backing Belgium to win to nil is an obvious prediction for this game, but we are pushing the boat out and going for that Belgium 2-0 correct score option at 11/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 29th, 2018 at 9:43 p.m.). [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Japan News and Form

Not many punters would have backed Japan to get through to the round of sixteen, but they made it. It came down in the end to them having a Fair Play advantage over Senegal. Japan took advantage of an early red card for Colombia to beat the South Americans 2-1 in their opening group stage match. They twice then came from behind to take a 2-2 draw against Senegal before losing their final match against Poland. We were going to say that you can’t fault the commitment of the Blue Samurai but in the final ten minutes of their match against Poland, trailing 1-0 Japan just stopped playing. They put all of their hopes in Senegal not scoring against Colombia in the other game instead of risking conceding a goal themselves that would have knocked them out. They got what they wanted in the end but didn’t win any friends for just basically killing ten minutes. Japan have scored at least two goals in three of their last four games but aren’t likely to get close to threatening Belgium. They did win the last meeting with the Red Devils though.

Belgium v Japan Head to Head

Japan are actually 2-1 ahead over Belgium from their previous four meetings. They did meet at the 2001/02 World cup with a 2-2 draw being played out. Belgium got their first win over the Blue Samurai in their most recent meeting which was a 1-0 success back in November last year for a friendly.

Belgium v Japan Betting Odds*

Belgium 2/5 Draw 4/1 Japan 8/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 29th, 2018 at 9:21 p.m.)

Belgium v Japan Predictions

This should be a comfortable endeavour for Belgium here as they take on Japan. Belgium have produced plenty of attacking intent and that should continue in this one. If they can get out to a good solid lead early then they can coast and save themselves for the next challenge. Look for a Belgium 2-0 correct score which is our top Belgium v Japan prediction.  

Japan v Poland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Japan v Poland- World Cup 2018
Japan v Poland Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 28th June - 3.00 p.m Japan head up Group H going into the final round of matches and the Blue Samurai just have to avoid defeat in this game to ensure that they make it through to the next round. What will help them is that Poland doesn’t have anything to play for because they have been eliminated. It has been a highly disappointing campaign from Poland who may just give some of their squad players a run-out. Our predictions for Japan v Poland can see the Asian nation sticking in there.

Japan News and Form

Japan deserve full credit for playing their way into this position as they only need to get a draw out of the game to qualify for the round of sixteen. In this competitive Group H Japan were the rank outsiders ahead of the tournament. Now they just need a point and they have shown the kind of character so far that suggests that they can get it. They pulled out a 2-1 shock win over Colombia in their opening game, taking full advantage of the South Americans picking up a red card in the first five minutes. Even with the game at 1-1 Japan never stopped plugging away until they got their winner. Then they took a 2-2 draw against Senegal, so it is worth looking at both teams to score in this one which is 4/5 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.). Japan have shown plenty of grit and fearlessness at times and they twice fought back from a goal down to get their draw against Senegal. Here they are taking on Poland who have already been eliminated from qualification hopes, so things are set up well for Japan here in terms of final fixtures. The Blue Samurai are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three games (W2 D1). So there is some form there for them, but they have conceded in each of their last eight games so their defence is a worry. All but one of their last five games have ended over 2.5 goals. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Poland News and Form

It has been a disappointing campaign from Poland who were expected to make a good run at winning this group. It hasn’t gone their way and despite rattling off 20 shots in their two games they have come up short. They were edged out by Senegal in their opening game despite being on top in that game, but they couldn’t get service to Robert Lewandowski. Then against Colombia, they fell apart badly as the South Americans trounced them 3-0 to knock them out. The big hope was Robert Lewandowski but he hasn’t even gotten on the scoresheet yet and he is the 20/21 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.) for this one. Poland’s form over their last six games reads W2 D1 L3. Poland were actually pretty strong through their qualification campaign to reach Russia 2018 but since booking qualification, their output has dropped significantly. They have only picked up the two wins in their last eight games and they failed to score in half of those. Considering how free they were in front of goal during qualification it has been a surprise. But they also have big problems at the back as well. Poland have shipped at least two goals in each of their last five games now, so they are vulnerable back there and the pace of Japan could rattle them. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 looks a very solid betting prediction for Japan v Poland and that is at a great quote of 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.).

Japan v Poland Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between Poland and Japan, with the Asian nation having won both previous clashes. Japan scored 5-0 and 2-0 wins over Poland from those previous meetings the most recent meeting between then was in March 2002.

Japan v Poland Betting Odds*

Japan 8/5 Poland 21/10 Draw 21/10 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.)

Japan v Poland Predictions

Japan may have what it takes to battle out a draw in this one. They showed great fighting spirit in their draw with Senegal in their last match and against a disinterested Poland side, the Blue Samurai can avoid defeat. Back the draw in the match outright.  

Japan v Senegal Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Japan v Senegal- World Cup 2018
Japan v Senegal Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 24th June - 4.00 p.m This is going to be an interesting clash in Group H because both of these pulled out surprise wins in their opening group stage match, Japan taking down Colombia and Senegal getting the better of Poland. So the winner of this one will now find themselves booking a place in the round of sixteen. Which will it be?

Japan News and Form

Not many punters would have been looking at Japan to win their opening Group H game against Colombia, although there were signs that South Americans aren't as strong as they were expected to be. But an early red card for Colombia helped Japan's cause immensely but still, they had to fight to produce a winner in a 2-1 victory. That was a huge three points for them now and it boosts their current form to back to back wins which was after losing three in a row prior to that.

Japan v Senegal 2018 Infographic

They deserve some credit for the way that they stuck in there and kept going to find their winner and although on paper this will look to most as being a low scoring game, we are predicting some goals to flow in this one. Over 2.5 goals is at 7/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) and that is because mistakes look likely to be made in both defences. Japan don't have a clean sheet in any of their last six games and in four of their last five played they have conceded exactly two goals. They were the favourites to end up with the wooden spoon in this group and now they could win it. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Senegal News and Form

Senegal have won back to back games like Japan have done and that was after a run of indifferent form that they put on the board. Senegal collected a 2-1 win over Poland in their opener and it was a strange game really from them really because they were second best all over the pitch. But they got their rewards at the end of the day through opportunism and enterprise. The one area in which they did stand out though was their big centre-halves totally shutting down Robert Lewandowski which is no mean feat. But they did concede a lot of possession in the game and they will be facing a different challenge in this one against a Japan side who will move the ball a bit quicker. Senegal have scored in four of their last six games but didn’t look a major threat against Poland. The 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option in the bet365 correct score market* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) but that is hard to pick up value on because this game is hard to read. The safer option for Japan v Senegal predictions may be to go with the both teams to score option. This should be an intriguing battle.

Japan v Senegal Head to Head

Twice before these two have met and neither of those were competitive match ups. Senegal collected a clean sheet victory in both of those previous meetings.

Japan v Senegal Betting Odds*

Senegal 13/10 Draw 11/5 Japan 13/5 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Japan v Senegal Predictions

This should be an energetic scrap between two sides with a huge prize in their sights now. Japan did so well against Colombia but they had the advantage of the extra man for long periods. Senegal were second best in just about every department in their win over Poland, so our prediction for Japan v Senegal is going to be a draw.  

Colombia v Japan Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Colombia v Japan- World Cup 2018
Colombia v Japan Betting Preview - World Cup 2018 19th June - 1.00 p.m (Full time: 1:2 - goals: Quintero 39' - Kagawa (P) 6', Osako 73') Colombia will be well aware that there are much tougher challenges ahead in Group H at the 2018 World Cup but this game against Japan gives them a good chance of opening in a positive manner. Four years ago Los Cafeteros were the surprise package of the tournament but they don’t look quite as hot going into this summer’s edition. Still, our Colombia v Japan predictions are leaning towards the South Americans getting a victory.

Colombia News and Form

You generally get a surprise package at every major international tournament and four years ago 2014 World Cup it was Colombia. Thanks to some fantastic goals by James Rodriguez, they produced a great group stage campaign and were ultimately sent home at the quarter finals. Four years after they don't look to be quite the same threat as they were and they didn’t have the greatest of qualification campaigns. In it they fired off 21 goals in 18 matches which was nothing special at all, conceding at over a goal per game on average. They finished fourth in the CONMEBOL zone which was the last automatic qualification spot. There are favourites to open with three points in this Group H fixture but in our Colombia v Japan predictions, we cannot see a high-scoring game being produced. Under 2.5 goals at bet365 is at 113/20 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). It may well be worth considering some value in backing Colombia to complete a success with a clean sheet in this game as Japan does not look a threat.

Colombia v Japan World Cup 2018 - Infographic

You can’t say that Colombia are in great form because they have collected only two wins in their last nine games played, drawing five of those. Their last two international friendly matches before the World Cup both ended in 0-0 draws against Australia and Egypt. In the bet365 correct score market for Colombia v Japan predictions the 0-0 is a 13/2 odds while a Colombia 1-0 result is at 5/1 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). We actually like the value on the 1-0 victory for the South Americans. Looking at their current run of form it is not likely that Colombia are going to be a major scoring threat at the World Cup but still at the end of the day they can produce more attacking quality than Japan are going to be able to. Radamel Falcao is the 11/10 odds any time goalscorer favourite* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM) and the main supports to him will be Carlos Bacca and that man James Rodriguez. [bbutton bookmaker="bet365"]

Japan News and Form

What can the Blue Samurai come up with in this World Cup fixture? They are underdogs and justifiable underdogs at that as it is really hard to see them coming up with three points or even one at that. A 4-2 win over Paraguay in their final World Cup warm-up match snapped a five-match winless streak of form that they were on (D1 L4). Japan have lost six of their last 10 games and have struggled in going up against average opposition in the likes of South Korea, Ukraine and Ghana. Colombia’s defence may have an easy time of things in this game and there was some further disarray for Japan ahead of the tournament when they changed managers late on. Both teams not to score at bet365 for Colombia v Japan predictions can be taken at 4/6 odds* (betting odds taken on June 15, 2018 at 9:04 PM). Japan have collected only four victories from 17 previous games at the World Cup finals. There looks a genuine chance that they will follow in the footsteps of what they produced four years ago, going home after in the group stage without a win.

Colombia v Japan Head to Head

This will be the fourth meeting between Colombia and Japan. From the previous three Colombia have come up with two victories and the other game ended in a draw. Colombia and Japan were together in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and the South Americans produced a great 4-1 victory.

Colombia v Japan Betting Odds*

Colombia 8/11 Draw 13/5 Japan 5/1 * (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 15th, 2018 at 8:06 p.m.)

Colombia v Japan Predictions

Japan are likely to come up pretty short in the Group H challenge at Russia 2018 and our predictions can see them falling to Colombia. But with Colombia not looking anything particularly special this go around, back them to win by a one-goal margin only.  

Who will be best Asian team at the World Cup 2018?

World Cup 2018 Betting
Japan are the market leaders when it comes to Best Asian Team ahead of the 2018 World Cup Five teams qualified for the 2018 World Cup from the AFC section, with Australia forming part of the Asian Football Confederation in recent years.  

Japan the best of the AFC?

The Socceroos are joined by Japan, South Korea, Iran and Saudi Arabia, with the Asian teams not expected to make a big impact on the tournament although one or two have a chance of reaching the knockout stage. Japan are the 7/4 favourites with BetVictor to be the best Asian team in Russia, with the Samurai Blue thrust into an open Group H that also includes Poland, Colombia and Senegal. However, Akira Nishino’s team might have their work cut out against quality opposition, with Japan having played thirteen World Cup matches aside from the 2002 tournament (where they had home advantage) and they won just two games.

Best Asian Team odds*

Japan 7/4 South Korea 10/3 Australia 10/3 Iran 10/3 Saudi Arabia 9/1 * (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.)

Iran with a lively chance

Therefore, we could look elsewhere and Iran strike us as having a lively chance in Group B despite being drawn in the same section as Spain and Portugal. Carlos Queiroz’s side will go up against Morocco in their 2018 World Cup opener and a crucial win in Saint Petersburg could see Iran looking to squeeze out a point against Spain before a potential crunch clash against the Portuguese. On first glance, Portugal look difficult to oppose after winning their World Cup qualifying group with nine wins and coming into them after winning the 2016 European Championship. However, they are over-reliant on Cristiano Ronaldo and the Real Madrid superstar is sure to be marked heavily. Iran are a 10/3 chance* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) to claim the top Asian team prize and they look to have the best chance of all.

Saudi Arabia

We are happy to draw a line through Saudi Arabia, despite the fact that they were the only Asian side to score in all ten matches during the final round of qualifying. The Saudis have also been given a fairly favourable group although hosts Russia are an unpredictable lot and Uruguay possess the class to go very deep in this tournament, while Egypt will pitch up with leading Premier League star Mohamed Salah.

Socceroos to struggle?

Australia look a touch short at odds of 10/3 wtih BetVictor* (betting odds taken on June 13th, 2018 at 4:33 a.m.) and the Socceroos are now managed by the experienced Bert van Marwijk, with the Dutchman having taken the Netherlands to the 2010 World Cup and he’s since had a spell with Saudi Arabia. The Aussies are in the same group as France, Denmark and Peru, with a tricky opener against Les Bleus likely to put the men in yellow on the back foot.

World Cup 2018 outright winner odds*

Brazil 4/1 Germany 5/1 Spain 6/1 France 6/1 Argentina 9/1 Belgium 10/1 England 16/1 Portugal 25/1 Uruguay 25/1 Croatia 33/1 Columbia 40/1 Russia 40/1 Poland 66/1 Denmark 100/1 Mexico 100/1 Switzerland 125/1 Sweden 150/1 Peru 150/1 Bar 200/1 * (Betting Odds taken from BetVictor on June 13th, 2018 at 4.18 a.m.)

The Taeguk Warriors

Finally, we have a South Korea team who are in the same group as a German side expected to win Group F at a canter, while Sweden and Mexico could be decent opponents for the Taeguk Warriors. However, we are sticking with Iran to potentially emerge through Group B thanks to the sort of stubborn defensiveness that could see them go through in second behind Spain.  

Scotland v Japan Rugby World Cup Odds and Preview

Rugby Betting
Well the Scots know that they need to be just that little more cautious about their opener in the tournament. They, along with the rest of the world, will have seen Japan pull off the biggest shock in world rugby as they took down South Africa in their Pool B victory over South Africa. It was a pacy, spirited performance from the Japanese as they scored an 84th minute winning touchdown to pull off the 32-34 victory. It was a result which really set the tournament alight and now Scotland are next in the firing line for Japan at Kingsholm, Gloucester. The Scots do get Stuart Hogg into the starting lineup and while they will go into the match as strong 1/8 favourites at online betting site Stan James they will have to tread carefully against the Japanese who like to play a very high-tempo game that the Scots will need to take the sting out of. The Asian nation will also be running high on confidence after claiming a big scalp. From their four previous matches against Japan, Scotland have triumphed in all of them, two of them coming in previous World Cup Pool groups. The most recent clash came at Murrayfield in November 2013 with the Scots running out big 42-17 winners. Scotland are one place behind Japan in the official world rankings at the moment and they have won just two of their last nine international matches played. Japan, who are trading as 33/1 shots to beat the Scots have won nine of their last ten games, including victories over South Africa, Italy and Samoa in that sequence. So definitely a side on the rise but they have averaged just 11 points per game from their previous meetings with Scotland while the Scottish have returned an average of 55 points per game against the Japanese. While the Japanese are likely to have their tails up and continue to put in a lot of enthusiasm, hard work and run the game at speed, Scotland will at least have had the advantage of seeing what they did against South Africa and try to negate it. Online betting site Stan James have a Scotland -16 handicap up at a price of 10/11 for the match and the bookmaker also offer money back as a free bet if your first try scorer in the match doesn’t open the scoring but does net the second of the game.

Japan v Colombia Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2014

Japan v Colombia
Japan v Colombia World Cup 2014, 24th June Betting Preview Both are still in contention for a place in the round of sixteen at Brazil 2014, but it is the Colombians who are looking a far safer bet to get there. They only need a point to guarantee top spot in the group, while Japan need to pick up all three points as well as needing some unlikely help from Greece to get through.

Japan v Colombia Betting Tips

Japan have disappointingly only managed to pick up the one point so far, that coming in their second match, a 0-0 draw against Greece. That may have been their big missed opportunity to muscle their way into the top two spots in Group B, because it was their easiest game. So the Blue Samurai now need to win and hope that Greece can beat the Ivory Coast in the other group match. It is a little unlikely. After some great form ahead of the World Cup, Japan simply haven’t delivered when it has mattered most. These two have played twice before, and Japan are without a goal in a draw and a defeat against Colombia. The last time that they played was back in 2007 when they played out a 0-0 draw. There is more history against them, because they have failed to win any of their three previous matches against teams from South America at the World Cup (D1 L2). With just the one goal in their last three World Cup matches, which came against the Ivory Coast in their opening match at Brazil 2014, they are struggling. Again, that is a big contrast to when the goals were flowing during their tournament build up. Colombia look to have goals in them, plenty, even without Radamel Falcao. Greece were blown away 3-0 by the Colombians, and then the Ivory Coast couldn’t stop the South Americans in suffering a 2-1 defeat. Colombia are just looking a very well rounded side, touches of flair and real quality throughout their squad. There is good depth there too. Colombia have a good goal difference going on as they are plus four over the second placed Ivory Coast, so that is the gap that the Africans would need to make up to catch them. Naturally Colombia are going to pushing hard to keep momentum and confidence high, and already this is the first World Cup in which they have won more than once. James Rodriguez has momentum too, becoming just the second Colombia to score in consecutive World Cup games, and he is trading at 5/2 in the anytime goalscorer market. Juan Cuadrado has made more assists at a single World Cup than any other Colombian player since 1966 (3). The South Americans won their only previous World Cup match against Asian opponents, beating the UEA 2-0 at the 1990 World Cup.

Japan v Colombia Betting Odds

Colombia 7/5, Japan 2/1, Draw 5/2 There is 0-0 Bore Draw Coverage on all matches at the 2014 World Cup at online betting site Bet365, as well as unlimited places on each way First Goalscorer bets. You can also place a World Cup outright winner bet in-play at any time of the tournament, and if your selection loses on penalties, then you will get a lost stake refunded. New customers can get upto a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus too.

Japan v Colombia Predictions

Would expect Colombia to come through this one relatively comfortably. They have shown more than enough to pick up three points against a Japan side who are struggling offensively against quality opposition. Colombia are good enough to see it out with a clean sheet as well and a good two goal margin.

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Japan v Colombia
Colombia have coped without Radamel Falcao very well at this year's World Cup, and if the striker had been involved, we could be talking about Los Cafeteros in much more complimentary fashion. As it is, they did well to beat Greece (3-0) and Ivory Coast (2-1). Expect Jose Pekerman to tinker with his starting line up. That could allow Japan the opportunity to get the victory they need to give themselves a chance of progressing to the next round. Japan's strengths lie in their attacking game. They play a pressing game and have some very quick and skilful forwards who can cause defences problems. Japan have found goals hard to come by at the World Cup but in a tournament warm up clash, they defeated Costa Rica 3-1 - look at what they've done so far at the finals. The Japan squad possess plenty of big match experience with much of it based in Europe. They should be well able to handle the pressure of knowing they much record a victory to progress and need a Greece win against Ivory Coast. The latest odds on Japan beating Colombia are 11/5. LATEST MATCH ODDS - Japan v Colombia  World Cup 2014 Japan    11/5 Draw     5/2 Colombia             7/5 with William Hill FIRST GOALSCORER Jackson Martinez             6/1 Teofilo Gutierrez              6/1 Adrian Ramos    8/1 James Rodriguez              8/1 Keisuke Honda  8/1 Yuya Osako         9/1 Shinji Okazaki    9/1 CORRECT SCORE Draw 1-1              6/1 Colombia 1-0      17/2 Colombbia 2-1   9/1 Japan 1-0             10/1 Draw 0-0              10/1 with BET365 Japan 2-1             11/1 Colombia 2-0      12/1 TOTAL GOALS Under 2.5            4/5 Over 2.5               EVS BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE Yes         5/6 No          11/10 WINNING MARGIN Japan to win by 1 goal    17/4 VERDICT: It'll be tough for Japan, but with Colombia expected to take their foot off the gas, that opens up a little window of opportunity for them to sneak a win to keep themselves in the competition. Japan have nothing to lose at this stage and will be geared to make a massive assault on the Colombian goal. It'll be a tight game but Japan can edge it by one goal.

Japan v Greece Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2014

Japan v Greece
Japan v Greece World Cup 2014, 19th June Betting Preview Two sides who suffered defeats in their first matches at World Cup 2014 and now they need to try and pick up the pieces. Given Greece’s lack of just about anything in their opening defeat against Colombia, it is Japan who are running as favourites to get a win on the board.

Japan v Greece Betting Tips

This is the first meeting between these two nations at the World cup. They have only met once before in history and that was in the 2005 Confederations Cup. It was Japan who took a 1-0 win on that occasion. The Blue samurai gave a good account of themselves in their opener against the Ivory Coast, but couldn’t hold on to the lead which they took. That defeat snapped a five match winning streak for them though. Against European sides at the World Cup, Japan have won two of seven, losing three. Keisuke Honda has been involved in four of Japan's last five goals at the world Cup (3 goals, 1 assist) and therefore look to him to be an influence again. Honda is 3/1 in the anytime goalscorer market, with Shinji Okazaki and Yuya Osako at 2/1 for the Japanese. Despite Greece wanting to come out and prove that they can play attacking football at the World Cup, it is likely that most of the pressing with come from the Asians. Greece have now won just one of their last six matches played, and not too surprisingly, for a low scoring side, they failed to open up Colombia in their opener. Greece have only faced Asian opponents once before at the World Cup, and on that occasion they lost 2-0 against South Korea four years ago at South Africa 2010. Greece have now lost six of their seven World Cup games, and because they threaten so little, would expect this to go under 2.5 goals. Greece have failed to score in six of their seven World Cup games so far and they have yet to record a clean sheet in any of them. Indeed, with their defence being the strongest aspect of their game, the fact that they have conceded an average of 2.6 goals per game at the World Cup, shows that they may not have much to offer here.

Japan v Greece Betting Odds

Japan 5/4, Draw 5/2, Greece 12/5 There is very handy 0-0 Bore Draw Insurance on World Cup matches thanks to Bet365, which covers the Correct Score, Scorecast and Half Time/Full Time markets on matches. Bet365 also offers money back if your backed selection in the World Cup outright winner market, placed in-play, loses on penalties in the knockout stage. New customers can get up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus too for joining.

Japan v Greece Predictions

It is hard to pick out great qualities about the Greeks enough to back them for a win here. The enterprise should come from Japan in the match, and the Blue Samurai are value to put three points in their pockets in this one. They’ll probably just have that extra zip in their game, and it will probably be a low scoring one.

Ivory Coast v Japan Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2014

Ivory Coast v Japan
Ivory Coast v Japan World Cup 2014, 14th June Betting Preview This is the second fixture in Group C at the World Cup, one of the more open looking groups. Everything is up for grabs here and there is a big chance of putting three points on the board for both. Les Elephants head into this one as favourites, but the form of the Blue Samurai is good enough to suggest that they are going to cause the Africans some headaches.

Ivory Coast v Japan Betting Tips

You can look at this one and find some value in Japan. They are unbeaten in their last six matches, winning their last five on the bounce. So pretty solid form there for sure and in that mix of matches there was a draw away against Holland and a 3-2 victory over Belgium. So they have been earning their stripes and could make a good impression here. There is probably enough value in backing them at 1/2 in a Japan - Draw Double Chance for a bit of coverage, because you have to consider that they are still underdogs for the match at 2/1 outright. Japan have played African opposition at the World Cup twice before and they have won both encounters. The most recent of those was a 1-0 victory over Cameroon at World Cup 2010. Their best options going forward look to be Keisuke Honda, who has been involved in three of Japan’s last four World Cup goals, and Shinji Okazaki, who was top scorer in the 2014 Asian World Cup qualifiers. Both of those can be snapped up at a price of 2/1 in the anytime goalscorer market. Japan to hold a 2-1 lead in the head to head from three previous meetings. The Ivory Coast have failed to make it out of the group stage in their previous two attempts at the World Cup, but they still have the best goals/game average of any African side at World Cup (1.5 per match). So you would be expecting goals from them, and both teams to score in this one at even money looks pretty good value. Didier Drogba is priced up at 2/1, with Wilfried Bony at 9/4 in the anytime goalscorer market. Neither look to have many clean sheets in them, as the Ivory Coast are without one in their last six matches. Japan have one in their last six. The Ivory Coast did go through qualification for the World Cup undefeated, but have only posted two wins in their last six matches (W2 D3 L1). The defeat in that sequence came recently against Bosnia & Herzegovina in a friendly. There are problems in their defence which the speed and injury of Japan could exploit. Should be pretty evenly matched.

Ivory Coast v Japan Betting Odds

Ivory Coast 6/4, Japan 2/1, Draw 11/5 Online betting site Bet365 are offering unlimited places on each way first goalscorer bets as well as 0-0 Bore Draw insurance on all World Cup Matches. You can also back a nation in the World Cup outright market in-play at any point of the tournament, and if youe backed selection gets knocked out on penalties, then you will get your lost stake refunded. New customers registering an account with Bet365 can get up to a free £200 bet as a free bet.

Ivory Coast v Japan Predictions

There really doesn’t look to be too much to split the two nations and that means that there is probably value in taking a look at the Blue Samurai in this one in the match outright as they could return, looking full of confidence at the moment. There is a good chance that they will create in getting behind the Ivory Coast's back line. Good outright value and would expect it to go over 2.5 goals as well, because neither have a strong defence and could be wide open. There is just more momentum running with Japan.

Costa Rica v Japan Predictions & Betting Odds 2nd June 2014

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Costa Rica v Japan Betting Preview Two sides who will be heading to Brazil 2014, and two sides who won’t be attracting a lot of attention in the betting. Still, a good chance to get a win under the belt for both, and boost confidence ahead of the big step up to competitive action at the World Cup. Costa Rica v Japan Betting Odds at online bookmaker Paddy Power Japan Evens, Draw 9/4, Costa Rica 3/1 Online bookmaker Promotion Get a free bet for Brazil v Croatia at online betting site Paddy Power. Place a £10 bet on the World Cup outright winner market and get a free £5 bet to use on the first game of the tournament! Wonderful way to kick off your Brazil 2014 betting, you can also get free bets by placing a £20 bet on the top goalscorer market, and receiving a free £5 bet every time that players scores during the tournament! Costa Rica v Japan Betting Tips: England will be facing off against Costa Rica in their final Group D match of the World Cup and frankly, the fact that the CONCACAF representatives are trading as long underdogs here against Japan, pretty much confirms that they are going to be the rank outsiders. Costa Rica qualified for the World Cup in finishing second in their group behind the USA. They haven’t been in great form really, having suffered a 4-0 loss against Chile and a 1-0 defeat against South Korea back in January of 2014. Their most recent game did see them take a 2-1 win over Paraguay, the side who had finished bottom of the CONMEBOL qualification zone. Costa Rica only managed 13 goals in their 10 World Cup qualification matches, so not a lot of firepower there. They have lost four of their last six matches played, and losses against Honduras and Australia in there doesn’t exactly scream for punters to go and back them here. They failed to score in each of those four defeats as well. It looks as if this game is likely to go under 2.5 goals. Costa Rica are long 5/1 shots to qualify from Group D at the World Cup, a group with England, Uruguay and Italy. Japan are running as favourites here and are going to be worth backing. They were the first side to qualify for the World Cup, all the way back in June of last year, so they have had a lot preparation time. They topped their group ahead of Australia and averaged a couple of goals per game through the AFC qualification. They have posted some decent results, currently running on a four match unbeaten streak. During that sequence, they took a 2-2 draw in Holland, a 3-2 win in Belgium and posted wins over New Zealand and Cyprus, so they are trending a bit here. The two sides have played each other twice before, with Japan winning the first match in 1995 and then taking a 1-1 draw in 2002. Japan are trading at 5/4 to qualify from Group C of the World Cup, a group which houses Colombia, Ivory Coast and Greece too. Prediction This looks to be a winnable match for the Blue Samurai and should they run out decent winners here, and at even money Japan are frankly just worth jumping all over here. Find the latest results, League Table, Top Scorer and more on our football statistics on online-betting.me.uk (just choose your country & your preferred topic) Form (all competitions) Costa Rica WDLWLW, Japan LLDWWW

Italy v Japan Betting Odds, Preview and Predictions – Confederations Cup

Mario Balotelli (Italy)

Italy v Japan Betting Preview The Italians can book themselves a spot in the semi finals of the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup if they can back up their opening win over Mexico. The Italians look to be in pretty good shape and form as they take on a different challenge this time around. That of the industrious Japan side. With the Blue Samurai falling at the hands of Brazil on the opening day of the tournament, they need to get something on the board to keep their hopes of progressing alive.

Italy v Japan Betting Odds at online bookmaker Unibet Italy 4/6, Draw 13/5, Japan 9/2

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Italy v Japan Recommended Bet: The Italians certainly produced enough quality in their opening fixture against Mexico to suggest that they won’t have too many difficulties in this. A superb free kick from Andrea Pirlo and a winner from Mario Balotelli after conceding an equalising penalty, gave Italy the three points. All in all, a pretty solid start. The Italians are only at the tournament courtesy of Spain being European and World Champions, and their own finish as runners up at Euro 2012. Cesare Prandelli have the Italians going in the right direction, an adventurous, high pressing side. There is a good young front line and the experienced hand of Pirlo pulling all of the midfield playmaking strings. There is a great balance and they really could pull of a big surprise in this tournament.

Gaining an advantage again here will mean that they will keep themselves in the running with Brazil to top the group. The importance of that will likely mean avoiding Spain in the semi finals. So Italy need to come out and play and should be comfortable against the Japanese. As hard working as Japan were and as technically good as they were in the final third against Brazil, there was still a void in quality. They don’t look as if they will finish off a lot of chances and score hatfuls of goals, and there were spaces to be exploited at the back as well. Indeed, their form heading into the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup wasn’t great in itself, despite becoming the first side to qualify for the 2014 World Cup. They don't get to test themselves too often against high quality sides like this. They'll likely be out of their depth again at the end of the day.

Italy are likely to have the composure and quality to see of Japan at the end of the day. Italy look a confident side and should dictate the game. An Italy/Italy Half Time/Full Time bet for a price of 5/4 with online bookmake Unibet looks a decent enough value to warrant a wager.

In the Italy v Japan head to head, there has only been one previous meeting between the two nations, and that ended in a 1-1 draw. That was an international friendly all the way back in 2001 in Saitama, Japan.

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Form Italy DWWDDW, Japan WLLDWL

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