Japan vs Spain Match Analysis & Prediction

Japan

01/12/2022 10:00 pm

Spain

Group E leaders Spain will go head to head with second-placed Japan in a fascinating 2022 World Cup tie at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday.

1X2: 2
Best Odds: 1.43
Promo Code: SBT
Melbet
Bet Now
Handicap Japan (+1.5): Yes
Best Odds: 1.81
Promo Code: SBT100
1xBet
Bet Now
Alvaro Morata To Score: Yes
Best Odds: 2.23
Promo Code: SBT100
Linebet
Bet Now

Both nations failed to claim maximum points in their last group matches, with La Roja playing out a draw with Germany while the Samurai Blue suffered defeat to Costa Rica.

After securing a surprise 2-1 comeback victory over Germany in their opening Group E match, many tipped Japan to come away with all three points from Sunday’s encounter with Costa Rica.

However, they were narrowly beaten 1-0 by their Central American counterparts, with Keysher Fuller scoring the decisive goal nine minutes from time to blow Group E wide open ahead of the final round of fixtures.

A victory against 2010 world champions Spain will see Hajime Moriyasu’s side qualify for the last 16, while a draw could be enough to edge them through if Costa Rica fail to beat Germany or if the latter fail to win by two or more goals, but a defeat against La Roja would knock them out of the tournament.

Meanwhile, Spain missed the chance to secure their place in the last 16 over the weekend after they were pegged back by a much-improved Germany side to draw 1-1 in Al Khor.

While recent media reports are suggesting head coach Luis Enrique is set to step down at the end of the World Cup and return to club management, he is focused fully on his current job and his Spain side need just a draw against Japan to reach the knockout rounds for the fifth time in the last six finals.

La Roja will be confident of returning to winning ways on Thursday as they have never lost in five previous World Cup meetings against Asian opposition in 90 minutes.

Japan vs. Spain Head to head

These two nations have previously met on just one occasion in a friendly back in 2001, where Spain claimed a 1-0 victory.

  • 25/04/2001
    Spain
    1
    Japan
    0
    Friendlies
  • 01/12/2022
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
  • 01/12/2022
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
  • 01/12/2022
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
    N/A
  • 01/12/2022
    Japan
    N/A
    Spain
    N/A
    World Cup

Japan Team News

Japan defenders Hiroki Sakai and Takehiro Tomiyasu are both doubtful with hamstring injuries, while midfielder Wataru Endo could also miss out due to a knee problem.

Captain Maya Yoshida is set to earn his 125th international cap, and is set to be joined in the back four by Yuto Nagatomo, Ko Itakura and Miki Yamane.

Japan's Last 5 Matches

  • 23/09/2022
    Japan
    2
    United States
    0
    Friendlies
  • 27/09/2022
    Japan
    0
    Ecuador
    0
    Friendlies
  • 17/11/2022
    Japan
    1
    Canada
    2
    Friendlies
  • 23/11/2022
    Germany
    1
    Japan
    2
    World Cup
  • 27/11/2022
    Japan
    0
    Costa Rica
    1
    World Cup

Spain Team News

Eighteen-year-old Spain midfielder Gavi has been absent from training due to a minor injury and he is a doubt for Thursday’s contest, while captain Sergio Busquets is set to be rested.

That could leave two midfield spots open, with Marcos Llorente, Carlos Soler and Koke all hoping to start their first game in Qatar.

Spain's Last 5 Matches

  • 24/09/2022
    Spain
    1
    Switzerland
    2
    Nations League
  • 29/09/2022
    Portugal
    0
    Spain
    1
    Nations League
  • 17/11/2022
    Jordan
    1
    Spain
    3
    Friendlies
  • 23/11/2022
    Spain
    7
    Costa Rica
    0
    World Cup
  • 27/11/2022
    Spain
    1
    Germany
    1
    World Cup

Japan vs. Spain: Odds and Predictions

Main Prediction

1X2: 2

Best Odds

Melbet
Odds: 1.43
Bet Now

200% bonus up to Ksh 26,280

Register at Melbet and get a 200% first deposit bonus of up to 26,280 KES

CLAIM BONUS
SPORTSMAX
Bonus Code
Up to Ksh. 26,280 Bonus on Your First Deposit
T&Cs Apply
New customers only

Sign up using the bonus code, deposit qualifying amount to your account and you will qualify for 200% of that amount in Bet Credits

*Check more terms here.

Other Prediction Tips & Match Analyses

    Serie A
    29/01/2023 10:45 pm

    Napoli vs Roma

    Best Odds: 1.87

    Read Tip

    Super Lig
    29/01/2023 4:00 pm

    İstanbul Başakşehir vs Konyaspor

    Best Odds: 2.024

    Read Tip

    FA Cup
    29/01/2023 5:00 pm

    Stoke City vs Stevenage

    Best Odds: 2.02

    Read Tip

    Turkish Super Lig
    29/01/2023 1:30 pm

    Istanbulspor vs Kayserispor

    Best Odds: 2.35

    Read Tip

    Liga MX (Clausura)
    29/01/2023 9:00 pm

    Deportivo Toluca vs Club León

    Best Odds: 2.3

    Read Tip

    La Liga
    28/01/2023 6:15 pm

    Girona vs Barcelona

    Best Odds: 1.72

    Read Tip

    Liga MX
    29/01/2023 12:00 am

    Club América vs Mazatlán

    Best Odds: 7.5

    Read Tip

    Serie A
    28/01/2023 8:00 pm

    Cremonese vs Inter Milan

    Best Odds: 1.63

    Read Tip

    Ligue 1
    28/01/2023 11:00 pm

    Marseille vs Monaco

    Best Odds: 2.08

    Read Tip

    EFL League Two
    28/01/2023 6:00 pm

    Tranmere Rovers vs Leyton Orient

    Best Odds: 3.05

    Read Tip
Age Limitation

You must be 18 years old or over to use this site. Please bet responsibly.

New Bookmakers
LineBet
LineBet

100% instant bonus upon your first deposit.

BetKing
BetKing

Get Upto 200% Extra

Dafabet
Dafabet

Dafabet is an Asian bookmaker, highly popular due to its custom suite nature for Kenyan bettors. It is a top-rated bookie among Asian handicap bettors.

Melbet
Melbet

200% Welcome Bonus

MozzartBet
MozzartBet

Signup and enjoy localized bonuses & prizes

Predictions Disclaimer

Any predictions given in this site are the research & opinions of the tipster and are not under any circumstances to be taken as the absolute truth. Be responsible for your own bets

SPORTSMAX
Bonus Code
Up to Ksh. 26,280 Bonus on Your First Deposit
T&Cs Apply
New customers only

Sign up using the bonus code, deposit qualifying amount to your account and you will qualify for 200% of that amount in Bet Credits

*Check more terms here.