Japan is one of two non-COMNEBOL teams that got invited to take part in the Copa America 2019 (the other being Qatar). And their first match at the tournament is the one against Chile which will take place at the Estádio Cícero Pompeu de Toledo in Sao Paulo. If you want to wager some money on this historic event, you better read our Japan vs Chile prediction and betting tips first!
Earlier this year, Japan took part in the AAC Asian Cup. They reached the final but lost to Qatar. Nevertheless, becoming the runner-up of the Asian Cup is definitely an achievement worthy of respect. Japan earned the second place by playing very well at that tournament, which isn’t surprising knowing that they have a pretty decent team.
Sure, there aren’t any household names in their squad, but the team chemistry is very good and they’re always a tough opponent to beat. They showed that not only at the AAC Asian Cup 2019 but also at the World Cup 2018.
They played in a super-tough group, together with Colombia, Senegal, and Poland, but despite that, they managed to get to the Round of 16. That’s where they lost to Belgium, who then went on to win the third place. And you mustn’t forget that they lost that game after having a 2:0 lead.
What’s got to worry their fans ahead of the clash with Chile is that their coach decided to bring a fairly inexperienced squad with him. There are 16 players who haven’t been yet capped for Japan on international level. This means that even in the first game of the tournament, we’re going to see some debutants.
And their lack of experience is something Chile are going to try and take advantage of. That’s exactly what we’re going to talk about in the next part of this Japan vs Chile prediction.
Unlike Japan, Chile squad is packed with very experienced players. Actually, there are 6 players in the squad with more than 100 caps for Chile. The only area in which they don’t have a veteran is between the posts. Their number 1, Gabriel Arias, has played only 6 matches in Chile shirt so far.
But, that shouldn’t worry Chile too much, because they have a tough defense with their key players being over 30, meaning that they’re full of experience. It’s a similar case with their midfield, where they have a number of players who played important roles in the 2016 Copa America Centenario, which this team won.
And in the final third, their crucial player is Alexis Sanchez, who haven’t had too many opportunities last season in Man United. And that means that he’s hungry for success. All these things made us focus on this team in our Japan vs Chile betting tips.
Kawashima – Tomiyasu, Ueda, Itakura, Iwata – Shibasaki, Nakajima, Kubo, Ito, Nakayama – Okazaki
Arias – Medel, Jara, Isla, Beausejour – Vidal, Aranguiz, Valdes – Sanchez, Castillo, Vargas
Japan vs Chile Prediction
Chile are in the possession of the Copa America trophy and although it’s going to be difficult to keep it, they’re super-motivated to try it. And on the road to winning another title, the first obstacle is Japan. And this team is full of inexperienced youngsters who are playing their first tournament in the national team shirt.
All these reasons show that Chile need to be considered huge favorites in this clash. Actually, even in normal circumstances, with Japan taking their best players to Brazil, Chile would’ve been the favorite once again.
Japan vs Chile Betting Tips
- Chile @1.40 (bet365)
- Chile to Win to Nil @2.05 (BetVictor)
- Chile -2.5 (Asian Handicap) @2.37 (bet365)