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Belgium vs Japan Betting Tip

Statistics, predictions and bet tips with highest odds for the World Cup Match Belgium vs Japan. Sounds analysis with head-to-head comparison and current performance by football experts.

Word Cup 2018 | Monday 2th July | 19:00 UK Time
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Belgium vs Japan | Prediction, Betting Tips & Odds

Belgium were one of the most impressive teams from the group stages and finished as the highest scorers in the competition up to that point. On Monday they will head to Rostov to take on Japan in what looks like a fairly one sided encounter between two very different teams. This Belgian team is littered with high class, top level players throughout, whilst Japan will be hoping that they can continue to perform above and beyond expectations and go further than the last 16 at a World Cup for the first time in their history.

Match Preview

Round of 16 matches continue on Monday, with Belgium and Japan set to go head-to-head at the Rostov Arena. Roberto Martinez’s men were earmarked as a potential winner before the start of the World Cup in Russia, with the likes of Romelu Lukaku and Eden Hazard having done little to dispel this feeling. Despite the Red Devils being the firm favourites for victory over Japan, there are still some attractive betting markets worth checking out ahead of the match. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, it is well worth checking out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Belgium.

Belgium News & Form

Belgium came through the group stages with maximum points and after winning their first two matches 3-0 and 5-2, Roberto Martinez had the luxury of making ten changes for his final group stage match against England. Adnan Januzaj scored the only goal of the game during a 1-0 win during a fairly bizarre match which both teams seemed fairly uninterested in winning. There was plenty of talk that winning the group put you on the harder side of the draw, but after some mightily impressive displays, this Belgian side will not fear anyone. Fans will have been delighted to see Vincent Kompany return from injury and get some minutes on the pitch against England and he may well be pushing for a start against Japan on Monday.

Japan News & Form

Japan scraped through Group H by the finest of margins, finishing level on points, goal difference and goals scored with Senegal and making it through via fair play. This was the first time a team has ever qualified due to fair play and many football fans were hugely critical of the way their match against Poland went as even though Japan were 1-0 down, they settled for that result and both teams passed the ball amongst themselves for the final 15 minutes. Japan have won only two of their last nine matches and only really reached the last 16 due to winning their opening game against a Colombia side who played with ten men for almost the entire game.

Belgium vs Japan Head to Head

The two teams have met just three times in the past, with Japan having two wins to their name from such encounters. However, it was Belgium who came out on top the last time the two nations met, with their all-time record goalscorer Romelu Lukaku scoring the only goal of the game in a friendly international win. The fact that Japan defeated Belgium 4-0 and 3-2, in 2009 and 2013 respectively, perhaps means little ahead of kick-off on Monday, with Belgium having improved significantly since then.

Belgium vs Japan Odds and Predictions

Belgium should sweep Japan aside in this match and I’m sure Romelu Lukaku, who has scored seven goals in his last four matches for Belgium, will be licking his lips at the prospect of facing this Japanese defence. I’m expecting a big Belgium win in Rostov and I wouldn’t be surprised to see them score three or four goals on Monday night.

Belgium start this game as huge favourites at odds of 2/5, whilst an unlikely victory for Japan is priced up at 15/2, with the draw available at 17/5. I’m backing Belgium to win this game comfortably and Belgium to win and over 3.5 goals at 29/10 looks like a solid bet to me. If you fancy an outside bet, then the 16/1 on Belgium to win 4-0 looks very tempting. Another solid bet for this match could be on Romelu Lukaku to score two or more at 7/2 and when you consider the Manchester United forwards recent form, they look like great odds.

Our Top Betting Tip: “Romelu Lukaku to score for Belgium”

However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on Romelu Lukaku to score for Belgium during the 90 minutes in Rostov, a market is available at a best price of 4/5 with 88Sport.

Betting tip:  Romelu Lukaku to score
4/5 (at 888Sport)

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