Japan and Uzbekistan are the first two teams of group F reached the knockout stage of AFC Asian Cup 2019. Both teams got six points after two matches, but Uzbekistan have more advantage than Japan based on goal difference. They just need a draw they will go into the next stage as the best teams in group F. This match won’t have many goal scored because two teams need to save their strength for the next round.
Asian Handicap: 1.89*0.5-1*2.01
Japan are having a good performance at Asian Cup this year. They have won their opening two matches in the group stage.
They are already had a ticket o the Round of 16 and will be looking to protect top spot with a win on 17th January.
After two matches at Asian Cup 2019 group stage, Japan have show a convincing playstyle to Asian football fans by a dramatic win 3-2 against Turkmenistan. And then, in the match win Oman they took control the ball in 63 percent of the time. The Samurai Blue made 487 correct passes in this match.
However, they just scored once and ended the match 1-0 to Oman. If they want to beat the better teams Uzbekistan, who are above them on goal difference, then Samurai Blue may need to score more in the next
Uzbekistan have looked dangerous in scoring four goals in Turkménistan’s goal.
Elder Shomurodov scored twice and other goals from Javokhir Sidikov and Jaloliddin Mashoripov brought Uzbekistan the profound win. Uzbekistan are also likely to make alterations to their team by giving ome of the fringe players a taste of action.
Shomurodov could be given a rest while Davronbek Khashimov and Fozil Musaev are expected to hit the field. It’s easy to feel that Uzbekistan could cause the Japan teams more than just a few troubles in the coming match.
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Odds Over/Under: 1.87*2-2.5*1.99
Japan have achieved a good result in this fixture with three wins and two draws from six matches against Uzbekistan. The last meeting between both teams was a friendly game in 2015, they won 5-1 over Uzbekistan.
Japan have lost just once to Uzbekistan and will go into the next stage confidently. They have many quality players and should be too strong for their opponent.
They are such a great ambassador for the football in Asia.Uzbekistan are going to the first real challenge in group stage against Japan. They have to fight hard in order to win over the superior quality of the four-time Asian champions.
First half odds bet: 1.91*0-0.5*1.90
Japan’s recent matches:
13/01/2018 Japan 1 – 0 Oman.
09/01/2018 Japan 3 – 2 Turkmenistan.
20/11/2018 Japan 4 – 0 Kyrgyzstan.
16/11/2018 Japan 1 – 1 Venezuela.
16/10/2018 Japan 4 – 3 Uruguay.
In five recent matches, Japan got 4 wins and 1 draw (Winning rate: 80%)
Uzbekistan’s recent matches:
13/01/2019 Uzbekistan 4 – 0 Turkmenistan.
09/01/2019 Uzbekistan 2 – 1 Oman.
20/11/2018 Uzbekistan 0 – 4 South Korea.
15/11/2018 Uzbekistan 0 – 0 Lebanon.
16/10/2018 Uzbekistan 2 – 0 Qatar.
In five recent matches: Uzbekistan had 3 wins, 1 lost and 1 draw (Winning rate: 60%)
–Japan: Gonda, Yoshida, Makino, Nagatomo, Sakai, Tomiyasu, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Minamino, Doan, Ōsako.
– Uzbekistan: Nesterov, Shorakhmedov, Tukhtakhodjaev, Ismailov, Zoteev, Hamrobekov, Shukurov, Turgunboev, Sidikov, Khamdamov – Shomurodov.