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The Japanese football team is in Australia this week, as it takes in the hosts in a crucial Group B encounter in the third round of the World Cup 2022 Qualifiers.
Australia is currently sitting in third place in Group B tables, 4 points behind the toppers, Saudi Arabia. It still has a theoretical chance of moving to the top of the table, provided it wins both of its upcoming games, and the other results go their way too. However, if it fails to win this game, the team will most likely remain in the third spot and will have to go through the play-offs in order to win a trip to Qatar.
The team is short on confidence ahead of this game, as it has won just 1 out of its last 5 games, and goes into this game on the back of a 2-2 draw against Oman. However, coach Graham Arnold will believe that the boys have enough talent in them to collect 3 important points this time around.
Japan on the other hand will be fancying its chances of moving to the top of the table after this game. The team is currently in second place and just 1 point behind Saudi Arabia. Japan has won each of its last 5 games, including the reverse fixture against Australia. Most football betting sites are predicting a similar result for this game too. Before going to Australia, Japan beat Saudi Arabia in a convincing manner and will be looking to repeat the performance.
Match prediction and betting tips for Australia vs Japan FIFA World Cup Qualifiers 2021-22. The match is going to be played at Stadium Australia, Sydney, on 23rd March 2022.
Australia has announced a 25 player squad for its upcoming games and has included 5 uncapped players, including graduates from Olyroos. However, seasoned campaigners Jackson Irvine and Craig Goodwin have tested positive for the coronavirus, and are currently isolating. This has opened up opportunities for Kenneth Dougall and Ben Folami. Jamie Maclaren, Ryan McGowan, Aaron Mooy, and Matthew Spiranovic will also be unavailable for this game, while Tom Rogic is doubtful.
The visitors will be traveling without Hiroki Sakai and Yuya Osako, both of whom are injured. Takehiro Tomiyasu and Daizen Maeda too are likely to miss out. Maya Yoshida, Sinnosuke Nakatani, and Daichi Hayashi are likely to make a start. Hajime Moriyasu is likely to start with a 4-3-3 formation for this match.
Playing with the home advantage, we expect Australia to score at least once, but it is the visitors who are likely to secure a win this time.
Bet on Japan to win.
The odds on both teams scoring in this match are quite good. We suspect that is because Japan has an excellent defense coming into this match with four clean sheets in its previous five matches. However, playing at home we do expect Australia to find the back of the net at least once.
Both teams have scored in four out of the previous five matches that Australia and Japan have played against each other. We think a punt on the same happening in this match is worth the risk.