If someone tells you they predicted how Japan’s group stage campaign would go, they are lying!
The Samurai Blue beat Germany, then lost to Costa Rica, before beating Spain, coming from behind in both victories. On Thursday night, two goals, just three minutes apart, from Ritsu Dōan and Ao Tanaka, saw Hajime Moriyasu’s team defeat la Roja 2-1.
This has seen Japan reach the round of 16 at back-to-back World Cups for the very first time, now seeking a maiden place in the quarter-finals. In those victories against Spain and Germany, the Samurai Blue certainly proved they’re capable of competing with high-level European opposition.
So, Croatia will certainly not underestimate the four-times Asian champions. The Blazers played out a pair of goalless draws in Group F, against Morocco and Belgium, with the 4-1 drubbing of Canada in the middle enough to see them advance.
Despite those two goalless games, both teams have scored in 28 of Croatia’s last 46 competitive outings, a run that includes the 2018 World Cup Final.
In short, this one could go either-way, so backing a goal-fest at Al-Janoub Stadium could be the way to go
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Japan v Croatia – Monday 5th December 15:00
Over 2.5 Match Cards ☑️
Over 7.5 Match Corners ☑️
Japan and Croatia meet in the last 16 of the World Cup. Japan finished top of Group E above Spain and Germany and beating both of the aforementioned giants but losing to Costa Rica. Japan had a record low of 18% possession in the 2-1 victory over Spain.
Croatia qualified 2nd in Group F behind Morocco and ahead of Belgium and Canada, and conceded just 1 goal in their 3 group games.
The 2 sides average 8.9 corners per game but with both sides pushing for a win and fancying their chances of progression here, we expect over 7.5 corners to land with ease.
The sides average 2 cards per game but with all to play for here and neither side wanting to lose, expect plenty of heavy challenges and cynical fouls preventing counter attacks. The game will be officiated by American referee Ismail Elfath who has dished out 11 cards in his 2 world cup games and 1 red card.
Brazil v Korea Republic - Monday 5th December 19:00
Over 2.5 Match Goals ☑️
Over 6.5 Match Corners ☑️
Brazil face South Korea in a favourable last 16 draw for them. They head into this knockout game a huge 1.25 odds on favourite. South Korea do attack well though, and fast, scoring twice in their previous 2 group games and beating Portugal 2-1 to seal qualification.
The 2 sides have average 3 goals per game, but Brazil are creating and conceding plenty of chances. South Korea have to fight here to stay in the competition and will fight for all 90 minutes.
Brazil rested many key players in their 1-0 late defeat to Cameroon and we can expect most to come back into the starting 11 and will be fighting for a place in the Quarter-Final team, should they progress. They will be facing a tired and leggy South Korea who beat Portugal to progress just 72 hours prior.
The sides average 10.5 corners and over 6.5 offers great value here and should land with ease. We expect Brazil will go close to 7 corners alone. South Korea do play on the counterattack and may force a few corners themselves. Also, if the game is close and Brazil have a narrow lead, or if South Korea are still in the tie, we can expect plenty of clock running in the corner
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