Japan are the talk of the tournament after their shock opening day win over Germany. They have put themselves in a strong position to qualify but they need a result against Costa Rica to boost their chances of making it through Group E.
Japan vs Costa Rica Prediction and Betting Odds for Group E Clash
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Japan Run of Form
After a good run of results coming into the tournament, this exciting team gained a lot of momentum with their upset win in the opening round. They now have just one defeat in their last seven games, with four victories to their name in that timeframe.
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Ahead of game number two, the world’s number 24th ranked team are in form and looking to secure qualification.
Costa Rica Run of Form
While their opponents in this game are an exciting and in-form team, the Central America representatives are coming off a 7-0 defeat where they didn’t register a single shot in the entire game. This was quite a sudden downturn in quality from a side that won a lot of their games before qualifying.
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Recent Head to Head
Luis Fernando Suarez and his team will need to make history if they want to win this game. In five matches against the Asian side, Suarez’s side has never won, with four of those contests ending in a defeat. The last match between them was in 2018 when Junya Ito and Takumi Minamino fired their nation to glory.
Japan vs Costa Rica Predictions
Despite the differing fortunes of the teams, this is an interesting clash. Los Ticos are usually a defensively solid team who make the best use of Keylor Navas and his abilities in goal. If they can regain this defensive solidity then they could pose problems for Hajime Moriyasu and his charges.
Current Odds: Japan vs Costa Rica
The Samurai Blue are favourites with SkyBet to get the three points with odds of 2/5. Costa Rica trail behind at 13/2 as the betting market is clearly influenced by the 7-0 loss.