Japan have been a mainstay in the last six World Cups, but their place in the competition for next year’s event is far from secure. They will be looking to improve their chances of qualifying with a win in the match against Vietnam this weekend.
Preview of World Cup qualifiers
Japan was one of the most successful Asian nations when it came to the World Cup, but surprisingly it may not make it to Qatar in just over a year. They have a lot of work to do if they want to finish in the top two, as they are already three points behind Australia, which is second, and six points from Saudi Arabia, which is the current leader.
There is still more than enough time to collect the necessary points, as there are still six games left, including this game. However, they have collected two wins and two losses so far. They have the best defensive record together, but have scored the fewest goals in Group B. Japan picked up three whopping points in their last qualifying match, as Ao Tanaka scored in a 2-1 win over Australia in October. .
Vietnam dared to dream of reaching the World Cup finals for the first time when the group stage was drawn. However, their chances of achieving that goal are now effectively over. They have not yet collected a single point and are nine points from second qualifying place.
Vietnam have lost all four games played in Group B, but have scored more goals than Japan in this match on Thursday. They were beaten for the fourth consecutive game by Oman in the last stop for the national teams, losing 3-1 away.
Vietnam vs Japan head to head
Vietnam and Japan have met on three previous occasions. Japan have won all three games, scoring a total of six goals in matches since 2007. Japan’s latest victory against Vietnam came in January 2019, when they won 1-0 away.
Prediction Vietnam vs Japan
Japan’s World Cup qualifying campaign hasn’t gone quite as they would have hoped up to this point, but this is a perfect game to turn their fortunes upside down. They should take the points easily in this match against Vietnam and could end up with a 2-0 win.
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