Colombia Vs Japan World Cup Picks – Prediction, Odds, & Betting Tips
Group H starts off on Tuesday with Colombia vs Japan. Los Cafeteros has played with style leading up the tournament. Japan managed to get to Russia but fired their manager, Halihodzic and has hired Akira Nishino. He has only been a manager for two friendly games and has never coached outside Japan. My 2018 World Cup pick for June 19th is below and the odds can be found at Sportsbetting – Don’t Miss 50% Up To $1000 Bonus.
Colombia Vs Japan – Recent Form & Injuries
The Colombians qualified easily for the World Cup. They haven’t played their best soccer coming into Russia, with three draws and a loss in their last four games. Since they qualified, they have only one two games, but one of those was a comeback win against a strong side, in France. Their defense has also been impressive. They have not scored or given up a goal since that win, finishing up with a 0-0 draw over Australia and Egypt.Colombia is mostly healthy, aside from losing Frank Fabra to injury after he tore his ACL while training in Italy. They have called up defender, Farid Diaz, to replace Fabra. Rodriguez has a slight calf issue, but he should be good to go.
Japan has not been in good form since qualifying for the World Cup. Since they have qualified for Russia, they have played 12 matches and have been in terrible form. They lost 4-1 to South Korea which began a run where they had three losses to Ukraine, Ghana, and Switzerland. They did manage to beat Paraguay before heading to Russia. However, it’s hard to say that win makes much a difference after such a poor run over the last few months. Japan is healthy and has a side similar to their 2014 World Cup team. We’re not sure on the starting XI, but it is likely most of them similar to the 2014 team. Japan is an experienced team, but that hasn’t done them much good as they’re not playing good football.
Colombia (-1/2) Vs Japan (+1/2) Betting Odds
Colombia is -140 to win this one on the 3×1 market, with Japan listed at +440 and a draw at +235. They’re also relatively cheap on the Asian handicap at -1/2, -1 at -106.
This is a heck of a mismatch. I am surprised that Colombia is not closer to -200 and doesn’t have a bit more juice on the Asian handicap. They haven’t been the best leading up to the tournament but did breeze through qualification. I am sure they can turn it on for a stage like the World Cup. They’re a far better side regarding talent and coaching. I would not be shocked to see Japan lose this game 3-1 or 4-1. Colombia -1/2, -1 is an easy bet for me, and I don’t mind them at -140. Over two goals seems like a solid bet, as well.