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This preview looks at the third round of the Asian World Cup qualifiers at the King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah. This is a meeting between Japan and Saudi Arabia.
Saudi Arabia vs Japan – Free Betting Tips & Predictions
Saudi Arabia picked up a 1-0 victory over Oman to build on the 3-1 win over Vietnam. Saudi Arabia have now picked up seven consecutive wins. Japan recovered quickly from the 1-0 loss to Oman by getting a narrow success over China thanks to a solitary goal from Yuya Osaka.
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Japan to win the game
Even though Saudi Arabia have made an excellent start to the third round, there is no doubt that the additional class possessed by Japan will ultimately have to say. Saudi Arabia will have to work hard to get anything out of this match. Even with away disadvantage, Japan should be able to claim a crucial victory that would help them banish memories of the loss to Oman.
Total goals under 2.5
The goals from Japan have dried up in recent games. Apart from matches against minnows, Japan have not been able to score a lot of goals. Saudi Arabia have made it a key point to defend well with the team registering four clean seats in the last five.
To win to nil – Japan
Japan will be able to dominate the match in terms of possession. They would also be able to control the game. At this juncture, Saudi Arabia will be forced into a defensive structure that would not see a lot of goals.
Saudi Arabia vs Japan: 3rd Round Asian Qualifiers Match Preview
Saudi Arabia are once again in an excellent spot to qualify for the World Cup in back-to-back attempts. After coming through the second round with a lot of comfort, the third round has seen Saudi Arabia reproduce the same form. The run of seven consecutive victories places Herve Renard’s team in a good position going into this big match. Mohammed Al-Breik, Salem Al-Dawsari, and Abdullah Otayf are unavailable due to injuries.
The loss against Oman has placed Japan in a spot of bother and the team will be very keen on getting back to winning ways as soon as possible. The Oman defeat should also not raise any questions about the team’s playing style, as they dominated the game from start to finish. Japan have qualified regularly to the World Cup for almost 3 decades. The Japanese will be able to celebrate the return of Ao Tanaka and Takumi Minamino.
Analysing the World Cup Qualification Stats for Saudi Arabia vs Japan
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FAQs on Saudi Arabia vs Japan game
Where is the match going to take place? King Abdullah Sports City in Jeddah
When will this match start? October 7, 2021 at 18:00 GMT
Who is the favourite team to win the game? Japan