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One of the longshots to win the 2018 World Cup is Japan. The team will face a difficult road just to get out of the group stage, as they are expected to be placed in Pot 4, the lowest level in terms of the draw for the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Japan will be making their sixth straight World Cup appearance going back to France in 1998. The best Japan has been able to achieve is a Round of 16 appearance.

Japan 2018 World Cup Odds: +15000

Japan has no real chance to win the 2018 World Cup, as they don’t score enough goals. Japan does play good defense and they get good goal keeping but Japan simply doesn’t have enough quality scoring to compete with the best teams in the world.

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2018 World Cup Qualifying Results

Japan went 6-2 with 2 draws in qualifying. They outscored their opponents by a combined margin of 17-7. The team was led in qualifying by Shinji Okazaki, Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda but all three were on the bench for the key game against Australia. Japan has some solid support players in Genki Haraguchi, Yuya Kubo, Makoto Hasebe and Maya Yoshida. The problem for Japan was goal scoring, as other than two games against Thailand in which they scored six goals, they scored just 11 in the other matches.

2018 FIFA World Cup Groups

Group A Group B Group C Group D
Russia Portugal France Argentina
Saudi Arabia Spain Australia Iceland
Egypt Morocco Peru Croatia
Uruguay Iran Denmark Nigeria
Group E Group F Group G Group H
Brazil Germany Belgium Poland
Switzerland Mexico Panama Senegal
Costa Rica Sweden Tunisia Colombia
Serbia Korea Republic England Japan

2018 FIFA World Cup Group H Schedule

GROUP H: Poland - Senegal - Colombia - Japan
Match Date / Time (Local Time) Venue
Poland vs Senegal June, 19th / 15:00 Otkrytiye Arena, Moscow
Colombia vs Japan June, 19th / 18:00 Mordovia Arena, Saransk
Japan vs Senegal June, 24th / 20:00 Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Poland vs Colombia June, 24th / 21:00 Kazan Arena, Kazan
Japan vs Poland June, 28th / 17:00 Volgograd Arena, Volgograd
Senegal vs Colombia June, 28th / 18:00 Cosmos Arena, Samara

Players to Watch

There are not many recognizable faces on Japan’s squad but the team still does have Keisuke Honda who plays at AC Milan and Shinji Kagawa who plays for Borussia Dortmund.

The Coach

Vahid Halihodzic took over in 2015. He was a forward for Yugoslavia and he played in France’s Ligue 1. He coached Algeria to the knockout stage at Brazil in 2014.

Japan World Cup History

Japan has been a regular at the World Cup for the past 20 years. They have now played in the World Cup five times. They went out in three straight in 1998 but they played better in 2002 as they won their group and they played well against Turkey in the Round of 16 before losing 1-0. The 2006 World Cup was a bust for Japan as they got just one point, while in 2010 the team did well and nearly made the quarterfinals before losing a penalty shootout. Japan didn’t make it out of the group stage in 2014. Japan has played 17 matches in World Cup history and they have scored a total of 14 goals for an average of 0.8 goals per match.

Japan 2018 World Cup Predictions

If you go by recent history then Japan could be a team that surprises in 2016 simply because they have success in the World Cup every eight years. The team flamed out four years ago, so if the trends hold they will do well and make it out of the group stage in 2016. We know that Japan will play good defense, so if they get a few goals from some of their marquee players like Honda and Kagawa, there is no reason this team can’t be a major surprise and make it to the Round of 16.

Japan 2018 World Cup Roster

GK - Eiji Kawashima

GK - Masaaki Higashiguchi

GK - Kosuke Nakamura

DF - Yuto Nagatomo

DF - Tomoaki Makino

DF - Maya Yoshida

DF - Hiroki Sakai

DF - Gotoku Sakai

DF - Shintaro Kurumaya

DF - Gen Shoji

DF - Naomichi Ueda

MF - Shu Kurata

MF - Shinji Kagawa

MF - Yuki Kobayashi

MF - Hotaru Yamaguchi

MF - Wataru Endo

MF - Yosuke Ideguchi

FW - Takashi Inui

FW - Yuya Osako

FW - Genki Haraguchi

FW - Yoshinori Muto

FW - Kenyu Sugimoto

FW - Yuya Kubo

FW - Takuma Asano

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