Women’s World Cup Australia vs Japan Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Australia vs Japan | Saturday 27 June, 2015 | Commonwealth Stadium, Edmonton | 21.00 BST
After some aggressive and physical games to reach this stage, Australia now face a very different challenge when they play defending champions Japan in the Women’s World Cup quarterfinals.
Japan’s style of play focuses more on pace than sheer physicality, making impressive short passes and quick movements. Although this is different from the type of play the Matildas have faced so far in the competition, Japan are a familiar opponent to them.
The two teams come head to head frequently in regional competitions and met on two occasions in last year’s AFC Women’s Asian Cup. The sides drew 2-2 in the group stages before Japan beat Australia 1-0 in the final to take the title.
“We know how they play and we know how to match up against them, we just have to adjust our game plan a little bit and be really switched on,” commented Australia defender Steph Catley on Friday.
“They are such smart players and really technical on the ball, so we will definitely be looking at them carefully but we know how they play and so we will be ready for that.”
Australia’s head to head record with Japan is pretty poor. In the last ten meetings between the two sides the Matildas have won just two games, the most recent victory now over five years ago.
“[Japan] are extremely dangerous off set-pieces,” added Catley. “The goal they got against us at the Asian Cup was off a set-piece, so we will be looking at that.
“But they are just quality all over the field. We have got to look at the video carefully to make sure we have got everything covered.”
Australia have had a tough contest so far, escaping a tough group including United States, Sweden and Nigeria as well as beating Brazil in the round of 16, but Japan could be even tougher on Saturday. Their quick, technical and progressive style of play will be difficult to beat.
Japan showed against the Dutch just why they are the reigning champions, executing a 4-4-2 formation unlike any other side in the tournament. In attacking moves, the side’s solid defence morphs quickly into a 3-4-3 which had the effect of dragging the Dutch fullbacks out of position and opening up the space to cross into the box.
Women’s World Cup Australia vs Japan Betting Tips
Australia may have been successful in their shock win over Brazil last time out, but Japan look set to outclass them on the pitch on Saturday.
We’ll be putting our money on Japan to win 2-0 at 7/1 with Betway.