Japan have qualified for their fourth successive World Cup Finals and will be looking to improve on their record which has never seen them progress further than the round of 16. This is the stage they were eliminated at during the 2010 Finals in South Africa, where after qualifying from a tricky group consisting of Holland, Cameroon, and Denmark, they were eventually knocked out by Paraguay in a penalty shootout.
Japan betting information and odds
The bookies don’t give Japan much chance in winning the 2014 tournament, as they are considered 200/1 outsiders. This price is probably justified given Japan’s previous record at major tournaments. They have also been drawn in a relatively tough group alongside Colombia, Greece and Ivory Coast in Group C.
Whilst we believe Japan have a reasonable chance of qualifying from Group C, the odds of 6/5 look far too short. The better value could be backing Japan to be eliminated in the second round of the tournament, at odds of 23/10. If Japan were to qualify, they would likely face one of Italy, England or Uruguay, all of which would be expected to beat a team like Japan.
Although Japan were disappointing in the recent 2013 Confederations Cup where they lost all three matches, they were against tough opposition in Brazil, Italy and Mexico. More recent form, albeit in International friendly fixtures has been impressive, drawing with Holland and then beating Belgium in Belgium.
The star players amongst the Japanese squad include Shinji Kagawa of Man Utd, Yuto Nagatomo of Inter, and Keisuke Honda of Milan. The remainder of the squad either plays in the Japanese domestic league, or for smaller European clubs, particularly in Germany.
Best Japan World Cup bets
Best bet on Japan at the World Cup is Japan to be eliminated at the second round at odds of 23/10 with Ladbrokes.
Next best bet on Japan at the World Cup is Japan is to score fewer than 3.5 goals at 8/11 with William Hill.
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