Colombia v Japan Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions

Group H is the final group to get underway at the World Cup and it is perhaps the most open group at the tournament.

Colombia meet Japan before Poland face Senegal and all four sides will feel they have a good chance of making the knockout stages.

The South Americans are the favourites to top Group H while Japan are the lowest ranked team, meaning in theory this should be the most clear-cut of all the matches in the group.

Latest odds

In practice, of course, things rarely are that straight-forward – although Colombia are odds on for the win priced at 8/13 (1.62) with dabblebet.

Indeed, these two sides met in the group stages in Brazil four years ago, with Colombia running out 4-1 winners.

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Japan are priced at 9/2 (5.50) to pick up three points while the draw can be backed at 11/4 (3.75).

Team news

Japan have two major injury concerns ahead of their World Cup opener, with Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki and defender Gen Shoji both struggling to be fit for the game with Colombia.

Preview

Japan have not been in the best form leading into the tournament, losing three of their last four friendles and conceding two goals in each of those.

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Akira Nishino’s side have managed just one clean sheet in their last 13 matches, despite facing modest opposition such as Haiti and Paraguay.

Colombia meanwhile have never been the most prolific side in South America, yet when faced with lower ranked teams they have consistently been able to rack up goals.

In the last year, they have beaten both Cameroon and China 4-0, while also overcoming France 3-2 in Paris and against a defensively questionable Japan side there could be value in backing them to get among the goals.

Tips and predictions

Jose Pekerman’s men are available at 19/20 (1.95) to score over 1.5 goals and that looks like a tempting price given the defensive limitations of the opponent.

Betting Banner - Best BetColombia to score over 1.5 goals at 19/20 (1.95) for a 2pt stake with dabblebet

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