Published: 31.08.2017

Japan v Australia Betting Offers, Odds and Tips

There is nothing boring about being a fan of Ange Postecoglou’s Australia team. The Socceroos may not be the most consistent team in the world but they are usually entertaining and are in with a real shot of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

In the quest to book their place in Russia, Thursday’s game against Japan is a major test. If the Socceroos can beat Japan on their own turf it will give them a major morale boost as well as doing their chances of qualifying for the World Cup no end of good.

Japan v Australia Betting Analysis

Japan are a fearsome opponent at home which is one of the key reasons they are the clear favourites for Thursday’s match. The best price you can get on Japan is the $2 that Sportsbet are quoting but we think the value may well lie with the draw at $3.60 with Bet365.

When these two sides met back in October 2012 Japan dominated the first half. They were so strong that Australia did well to go into the break just one goal down but the Socceroos fought back and secured a point thanks to a penalty.

Postecoglou will be more prepared for Japan this time around even if his players are a little more confused as to what the plan will be at Saitama Stadium. There’s little doubt that Japan are the strongest side in Group B but Australia are a dogged, organised side who gained important experience in the recent Confederations Cup.

This will need to be one of the Socceroos’ best performance but we think they are up to the task so back the draw at $3.60 with Bet365.

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If Australia are going to secure a point they’ll surely have to find the back of the net. Japan have some quality attacking players and will be confident of their chances so the away side can all but forget about a clean sheet.

That makes a bet on both teams to score look worth sensible at $1.90 with William Hill.

Given that both teams have a real chance of qualifying for the World Cup and are facing their major rivals in Group B, both managers will look at a point as a good return from the match.

If the spoils are shared it wouldn’t be a surprise to see a replay of the October game so have a bet on the 1-1 correct score at $7 with Centrebet.

Tomi Juric arrived late to the Australian squad but for good reason, he was scoring for his team FC Luzern in the Swiss Super League. Juric will take that form into the international break and he looks the most likely Australian goalscorer at $3.75 with Sportsbet.

Japan v Australia Top Betting Tips

Match result draw at $3.60 with Bet365

Both teams to score at £1.90 with William Hill

1-1 correct score at $7 with Centrebet

Tomi Juric to score at $3.75 with Sportsbet

Key Battles

When Japan are at their best, they attack with impressive fluidity. That’s just what they did against Australia when the movement of the Japanese forward players caused the opposition defence all sorts of trouble.

Vahid Halilhodžić will be asking his players for more of the same in Saitama but Australia will be much better prepared this time around.

Postecoglou has been criticised for his unique 3-2-4-1 formation but he seems content to stick with it for the long term. Australia fans were pretty happy with their team’s performances in the Confederations Cup and if the defence remain organised and switched on they should be able to make life more difficult for Japan.

Match Stats

  • Japan have the edge in the head to head with nine wins to Australia’s six (there have been eight draws)
  • The two teams drew 1-1 when they last met in their first World Cup qualifier back in 2016
  • Japan have never lost to Australia on home soil
  • Japan go into the match at the top of Group B but are just one point ahead of Australia who are in third place with Saudi Arabia edging ahead in second on goal difference

Predicted Line-Up

Japan – Kawashima; H. Sakai, G. Sakai, Nagatomo, Yoshida; Hasebe, Honda, Kagawa, Yamaguchi; Haraguchi, Osako

Australia – Ryan; Wright, Sainsbury, Degenek; Milligan, Luongo; Mooy, Troisi, Juric, Cahill; Leckie

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