Spain vs Japan Prediction and Best Odds for December 1

Japan's midfielder Ritsu Doan celebrates his team's first goal on November 23, 2022

Group E is one of the more hectic scenes in this World Cup. As we enter the last round of games all four teams are alive with a chance of qualifying. This clash of first versus second is going to be pivotal for qualification as both teams know a win will guarantee them a spot in the knockout stages.

Spain vs Japan Prediction and Betting Odds for Group E Clash

Spain Run of Form

Spain has only lost one game in 2022 and if not for a late Niclas Fullkrug equaliser, they would already be through to the next round. While they’re not quite the unbeatable team of 2008-2012 they are proving to be one of this tournament’s finest teams.

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Japan Run of Form

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Japan had reason to be optimistic entering this campaign as they were playing well and getting results for most of the year. That optimism was boosted when they kicked off the World Cup with an upset win over Germany. Sadly, things came crashing back down following a 1-0 defeat to Costa Rica.

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While they have plenty of energy in the side and attacking talent, they tend to concede goals when they should be controlling games. If this issue rears its head again, they may be sent packing easily by the former world champions.

What Each Team Needs

One thing is certain, a win for either nation will guarantee they stay in the tournament. A draw would see Luis Enrique’s team qualify but would leave their opponent’s faith in the hands of Costa Rica vs Germany.

If Hajime Moriyasu’s team wins then they go through, but their opponents could also go through thanks to their +7 goal difference. In this scenario, a Costa Rica vs Germany draw would send them through, as would a Germany win, unless it’s by an eight-goal swing.

Spain vs Japan Predictions

This Red Fury team does not look like one to drop points against weaker teams. They should have enough quality to keep a spirited Japanese team at bay before picking them off when they get the ball into the attacking third.

Current Betting Odds: Spain vs Japan

SkyBet agrees with our estimation as they have the Samurai Blues as the underdogs at 8/1 odds of winning. Spain are far ahead with odds of 4/11 to come away with the victory.