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Odds on England women beat Japan Women at World Cup – 2019-06-19

18th June 2019 / lee
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England are heading to the next round of the competition, there is just a matter of if they get there having won their group or not. Winning the group puts them into the same half of the draw as hosts France and potentially the defending champions USA.

Japan are also moving ahead but need to produce a win to top the group. They need a point to guarantee second place. They may not go too hard at it. The odds on England women to beat Japan Women are at 11/10* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 17th, 2019 at 7:11 p.m.)

England Women v Japan Women Odds*

England Women 11/10
Draw 9/4
Japan Women 5/2
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 17th, 2019 at 7:11 p.m.)

England on course for group win

With two wins from two so far in the tournament, a 2-1 success over Scotland and a 1-0 victory over Argentina, England are going to the next round. There’s really no easy road to the final of course. If they win, it’s likely that will likely leave them on a collision course with either France or the USA in the semi-finals. If they end up in second place in their group they would face either the Netherlands or Canada in the round of sixteen.

So there’s no easy route to success. You wouldn’t expect there to be at the World Cup. England have yet to really produce a strong 90 minutes. They were good in the first half against Scotland, poor in the second. They were labouring for 45 minutes against Argentina before stepping it up in the second half of the game against the resilient South Americans.

Second 2019 meeting

England are 11/10 to beat Japan* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 17th, 2019 at 7:11 p.m.) which they did earlier this year at the SheBelievesCup. The two nations met in the final of that small competition, but Japan were using a young squad, not their full one. England raced out to a 3-0 success in the fixture. Will Japan settle for taking second place in this group and then take their chances in the bottom half of the draw?

Japan and England also played each other in the World Cup 2015 semi-final. The dreams of the Lionesses were undone in stoppage time in that game when Laura Bassett scored an own goal, handing Japan a 2-1 success. This time around for their meeting, it’s almost a game that neither wants to really win.

England’s form

England are W4 L1 in their last five games played now. They have only taken the two clean sheets in their last six though, which looks like an area that needs addressing, especially as they get deeper into the tournament. If you look specifically at their World Cup form, they are W7 L1 in their last eight, the one defeat in that sequence the aforementioned defeat against the Japanese four years ago.

Japan still technically good

Japan have tremendous movement and technical ability on the ball. They didn’t really click in the final third of the pitch in their opening game against Argentina, which ended in a 0-0 draw. With the Argentine side holding out for so long against England, it put Japan’s result against the South Americans into better perspective.

What will they do here though? That is the big, interesting question. Will they bother ever chasing down the top spot in the group, or rest players and take on Canada or the Netherlands in the first knockout round? Japan are only W1 D3 L2 in their last six games played. But that is largely because they were using their younger players in their warm-up match and as mentioned, at the SheBelievesCup.

Predictions

England are still looking to find an attacking quality that may not be there. It hasn’t quite come together there for them yet at the tournament. They do appear to be lacking in the creativity department a little bit. They just don’t particularly looked as adventurous as they were in their bold approach from four years ago as they finished in third place.

But still, they will likely want to go to the next stage of the competition with momentum behind them. A win over Japan would likely give them that. It is hard to imagine that this is going to be a big thriller of a game. The situation does not lend itself to being so. So the odds on England to beat Japan by a one-goal margin is at 5/2 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 17th, 2019 at 7:11 p.m.).


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* All mentioned odds were valid at the time of writing. Betting odds are subject to fluctuations. Please check the current odds with the respective bookmaker!





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