Japan – Australia: Preview & Prediction
The national team of Japan has been one of the best teams on the Asian continent for years. Like competitors in South Korea, you have been on the uphill since the 2002 home World Cup. This is especially evident in a number of excellent single players, who are found in the squad of the team of Vahid Halihodzic. The Bosnian is the next in a series of foreign coaches, whose know-how is placed with the association. A number of players earn their money in the best leagues of Europe, the top star of the team is, of course, Dortmund Shinji Kagawa in the offensive midfield. In general, the attacking division seems to be trumped in Japan. Why? Because Japan usually has tremendously lively, fast-paced and technically-savvy players in its ranks, whose speed is a problem for many teams. On Thursday you will probably try to make the game in front of your own audience, also because this seems quite in the sense of the current team boss. Vahid Halihodzic traditionally relies on a 4-3-3 system without forgetting the defensive. Most of the time, however, two defensive midfielders are involved, one of whom supports the director in the offensive game, the second is only assigned with defensive tasks and can be added as an additional member if necessary. We see advantages in terms of speed as well as gameplay, because here, with players such as Keisuke Honda or Yuya Kubo from Ghent, there are very strong individual kings who are looking for their salvation in the one against one. A further advantage of the Japanese is that the offensive players are usually able to play in several positions in the attack game. Genki Haraguchi – with four goals currently top scorer of his team – acted last on the ten, while the already mentioned Kubo – normally mid-striker – in the national team the wing. There are disadvantages, of course – and especially against Australia – in the physical area. Japan stayed in a series of four games in a row without losing, but neither of the last two matches could be won. Instead, they had to contend with a 1-1 draw against Iraq and Syria.
Australia was granted permission to strengthen the competition situation in the Asia qualification years ago. Before, as part of the Oceania Federation, they had always been out of competition and had mastered the World Cup qualifier without any problems. In Asia as well, the Socceroos is absolutely at your own pace. In the duel with Japan, on Thursday, however, the table lead. A defeat would mean a four-point lead over the leader. Currently, Australia is still third behind Saudi Arabia and “only” on a playoff place. The Australians usually act somewhat more defensively than Japan, but they were nevertheless successful. The last three games of the Asian qualifying were undefeated. The team from Ange Postecoglou had to contend with Iraq with a 1: 1 against the United Arab Emirates but a 2-0 victory, against Saudi Arabia won the key game with 3: 2. However, it is hard to point out that the men from Down Under, especially on the defensive, have problems again and again. Only one of the past six compulsory matches ended Australia without a matchmaker, and even the Confed-Cup did not make the defense even a makellose figure. Against Germany one had to bend with 2: 3, against Chile and Cameroon there was ever a 1: 1. The Thursday’s opponent from Japan is the best way to compare with Chile. Against the Japanese, however, Australia have not won any of the last six games, especially in the last two, they have lost two defeats, and two contenders have been conceded. In addition, the necessary speed is frequently missing in the game. A glimmer of hope could be standard situations, because if Japan has weaknesses, then also in the defensive area and here especially if the opponent goes very hard in the two fights. Playfully we do not think that the Socceroos with the Hausherren really can keep up.
It would be a bit too much, if one were to be a duel between the playful class and the body-play. But this is not to be dismissed entirely by the hand. The home advantage speaks for Japan, also with regard to the latest direct duels.
Japan – Australia: Betting Tips
Japan win – Odds: 1.95
Over 2,5 goals – Odds: 2.00