Colombia – Japan betting tips for today, June 19, 2018.
Football: World Cup – Group H
Tip: Over 1.5 Goals
Match Result: 1:2 WON!!!
|Colombia and Japan will play the first game of Group H at the Mordovia Arena in Saransk. The 2018 World Cup (WC) will probably be the last competition for coach José Pékerman (Colombia), who will be aiming to leave the South American side with a WC to remember after six years of service.|
|Pékerman’s men had a great performance four years ago in the WC in Brazil, reaching the quarter finals. It will be Pékerman’s third WC. His manager record so far in previous WC editions (Germany 2006 and Brazil 2014) is W7, D2, L1, with his sides scoring 18 goals and conceding ten.|
|Japan are not in good form, and it is yet to be seen whether the decision to change head coach just two months before the WC kickoff will work out. The ‘Samurai’ managed to beat Paraguay 4-2 in the last friendly – a timely morale-booster that ended a winless streak of five games.|
|The two sides met in the last World Cup in Brazil, with Colombia comfortably winning 4-1 in the group stage. Before that game, there’s record of three more clashes with two draws an another win for the South-Americans.|
|Players to watch: The Colombians remain reliant on James Rodríguez, but he is a born winner, and comes into the tournament as the reining top scorer, so he can certainly handle all the pressure.|
|Shinji Kagawa is the main hope for the Japanese. The Dortmund player has always been a vital link between midfield and attack, forming a good relationship with Real Betis’ Inui.|
|Stat attack: Japan scored more goals (four) in the last game than in their last five matches combined.|
|Although they are undefeated in the last four games (W2, D2), the last time Colombia lost was against an Asian side (South Korea).|
|Colombia’s two last friendly games ended 0-0.|
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