Women’s World Cup Japan vs England Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Japan vs England | Thursday 2 July, 2015 | Commonwealth Stadium | 00.00
England are just one game away from the Women’s World Cup final as Japan lie in wait in Thursday’s semi-final.
Mark Sampson’s Lionesses have already gripped the nation and made history by making it to the last four, but they now face their toughest test of the tournament when they go against the current world champions.
After a disappointing opening defeat by France, England went on to beat Mexico 2-1 before goals from Karen Carney and Fara Williams ensured victory over Colombia in their final group game.
England progressed as runners-up, setting up a tie against Norway in the last 16, which they came through 2-1 before seeing off hosts Canada in Vancouver to set up this semi-final clash.
“We’re going to bring it. We’re going to really front up this Japanese team and make their life as difficult as we can,” coach Mark Sampson said ahead of the game.
“We are in a place where we’ve only got to win two matches to make history and create a real special moment in England’s football history, and a special moment for this team.”
Often likened to Barcelona for their playing style, the Japanese team, who go by the nickname Nadeshiko in their home country, followed up their World Cup victory by claiming silver at the London 2012 Olympics before winning the AFC Asian Women’s Cup last year.
Ranked two places above sixth-placed England in Fifa’s world rankings, they boast the second meanest defence in the competition, conceding just twice this far.
England and Japan have met three times before and despite going into the game as underdogs, Sampson’s ladies have the upper hand as they are unbeaten, drawing twice and winning once.
However, Japan have a perfect record at the Women’s World Cup, being the only remaining team to have won all five of their encounters this far. They have not lost a World Cup game since the group stages of the 2011 World Cup, in which they triumphed after a penalty shootout victory over the USA in the final.
“I think we are better, as the empirical value of each of the players is higher and we also now have spent a lot of time together with the same group of players,” captain Aya Miyama said.
“It means we know each other’s game even more. I think this is a great advantage, especially when we are in the knockout stage, where we will have close games and a strong mentality is needed. I believe our players can maintain the strong motivation which is something we’ve gained by experience,” she added.
Should England beat Japan, they will face America in the final in Vancouver on Monday.
Women’s World Cup Japan vs England Betting Tips
Japan continue to be the most technically brilliant side in women’s soccer and their skill and teamwork will be very difficult for England to break though.
We are betting our money on Yuki Ogimi to score first and Japan to win priced at 7/1 with Betway.