Belgium expect competitive game against Japan
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Belgium dispatched England 1-0 on Thursday to secure the top-spot finish in what was a low-profile affair at Kaliningrad Stadium.
They will now take on Japan in the last 16 round, but should they pass the Asian outfit, they are to play Brazil for the place in the semifinal.
Interestingly, Belgium have only won one of five head to head games against Japan over the course of history.
The lone win came in November last year when Romelu Lukaku’s late second-half goal made all the difference for the Red Devils at Club Brugge’s Jan Breydelstadion.
Teams’ lone previous H2H tie at World Cups took place in the 2002 edition when they drew their group stage contest 2-2.
Interestingly, Japan bagged two or more goals in three consecutive H2H tie with Belgium before the mentioned 1-0 loss in a friendly from November last year.
Belgium were thriving in the final third in the group stage bagging as many as 9 goals in 3 matches. They head into this as massive favourites, particularly after Roberto Martinez gave rest to all of his main stars in the last round clash with England.
Japan literally need a miracle here as the gulf in quality between the two sides is massive. They failed to score in 5 of last six World Cup matches against European opponents.
Knowing they also failed to find the back of the net in the previous H2H clash with Belgium, we find the value in backing the Red Devils to keep a clean sheet at 1.80.
You can obviously also try with the Red Devils to win by two or more goals difference, a bet worth backing at the 2.25 odds.
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