Belgium vs Japan betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Belgium vs Japan prediction: Belgium 3-0 Japan

Roberto Martinez’s side may have wanted to face Colombia in the round of 16 but they will come up against arguably the weaker opposition in Japan.

With Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard and Kevin De Bruyne all expected to return to the starting line-up, the Belgian’s should easily see themselves through to the quarter-finals.

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Belgium vs Japan: Who will win?

As heavily expected, Belgium go into the game as very heavy favourites.

They are as short as 2/5 while if you fancy Japan to win, you can get them at an incredible 9/1.

Even Belgium to win 3-0 is pretty short, with odds of 17/2.

With that in mind it’s probably best to look at the goalscorers market and there are some decent prices.

Romelu Lukaku was always going to be favourite to score first and is at 13/5 but Eden Hazard is decently priced at 9/2.

The Chelsea star will be looking to add to the two goals he has already scored in this competition.

SARANSK, RUSSIA – JUNE 19: Shinji Kagawa of Japan celebrates with teammates after scoring a penalty for his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group H match between Colombia and Japan at Mordovia Arena on June 19, 2018 in Saransk, Russia. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)

Belgium vs Japan match preview

It may not have been the team that Belgium wanted to face but if they are to win this year’s competition, they need to do it the hard way.

Should they beat Japan, that would set up a game with the winner of Brazil and Mexico’s clash.

That would then see them come up against either France or the winner of Uruguay v Portugal.

While on paper, that looks a very hard task to get to the final, you wouldn’t bet against them doing it.

The side have several players who could easily slot into some of the biggest clubs in world football and most already do.

Kevin De Bruyne is one of the best midfielders in football, Eden Hazard is one of the best wingers and an argument could be made for Romelu Lukaku being a top tier striker.

That is only a handful of their players and they have one of the best squads on paper in the tournament.

It was an easy task to progress out of their group and the win over England was as lacklustre as you can get and they still won.

Now, they face a Japan side who scraped through to the last-16 thanks to a late Colombia goal against Senegal.

Dries Mertens

SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 18: Dries Mertens of Belgium celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group G match between Belgium and Panama at Fisht Stadium on June 18, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Skin of their teeth

It’s a huge achievement in itself for the Asian side to make it through to the next round.

In a group full of big players, the side were able to navigate through the supposed group of death.

Now they face a test that is on another level to the ones they have already faced and it looks likely to be too much.

We would be silly not to expect Belgium to get back to their free-firing form at the beginning of the group stage.

It all comes down to just how well Japan can defend a brutal wave of attacks, but it looks likely that their guard will eventually break.

Belgium team news vs Japan

It’s all good news for Belgium at the moment.

Their biggest worry going into this game was Romelu Lukaku’s fitness.

Now, Roberto Martinez has confirmed he trained on Friday and is now fully fit to face Japan.

Kevin De Bruyne, Eden Hazard and the usual defence will return for the game having been rested against England for fears over yellow card punishment.

Despite scoring against England, Adnan Janazaj is not likely to start.

BRUGGE, BELGIUM – NOVEMBER 14: Romelu Lukaku of Belgium reacts during the international friendly match between Belgium and Japan held at Jan Breydel Stadium on November 14, 2017 in Brugge, Belgium. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

Japan team news vs Belgium

There are no fresh injury worries for Akira Nishino’s side.

Belgium predicted XI vs Japan

Japan predicted XI vs Belgium

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Belgium official posts vs Japan

Japan official posts vs Belgium

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