Stadium: Mordovia Arena
TV: BBC One
Colombia will arrive at Russia 2018 buoyed by their quarter-final finish in Brazil four years ago and have the beating of Japan if in similar form.
The Samurai Blue lost 4-1 to Los Cafeteros in the group stage last time around and managed just one point from their three games.
The South American side are fancied for a repeat win, so 19/10 they prevail and over 2.5 goals are scored in the game is the first of our Colombia vs Japan betting predictions.
A Look At Colombia’s Betting Odds
Colombia needed a draw from their final qualifier against Peru to seal a trip to Russia as the fourth-placed team in the South American section.
What could be relevant here, though, is that progress was secured on the back of beating the weaker nations, whilst only earning two points from six games against Brazil, Argentina and Uruguay.
Jose Pekerman’s team managed to score just 21 times in 18 games during that campaign, but still appear to have plenty of goals in their line-up.
James Rodriguez claimed Golden Boot glory four years ago, Radamel Falcao has been rejuvenated by a return to Monaco and Juan Cuadrado is always lively out wide.
Los Cafeteros have laboured through a couple of 0-0 draws with Australia and Egypt in warm-up matches, but we prefer to focus on March’s impressive 3-2 triumph in France.
Falcao was among the scorers against Les Bleus and also bagged a crucial equaliser in last September’s 1-1 draw with Brazil in Barranquilla.
A Look At Japan’s Betting Odds
Japan finished top of their Asian qualifying group, one point ahead of Saudi Arabia and Australia.
Key midfielders Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa combined to score 13 of their 17 goals during that campaign.
Leicester striker Shinji Okazaki leads the line for the Samurai Blue and netted in the heavy defeat to Colombia four years ago, so he is another to consider for anytime scorer bets.
Recent Real Betis recruit Takashi Inui was the star of a 4-2 warm-up win over Paraguay which ended a worrying run of three straight friendly defeats.
However, Southampton centre-half Maya Yoshida is always a threat when going up for set-pieces and we like 9/1 for him to hit the target in our Colombia vs Japan betting predictions.
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