Japan and Spain are facing each other on Thursday, December 1, at Khalifa International Stadium. So, there is a high possibility of some unexpected results. Spain is in the top spot, and Japan is in the second position with just a point difference.
A win or even a draw will help Spain to qualify for the next round, while Japan needs a win to secure their progress. Asia's top-rated nation began its World Cup campaign after scoring a stunning victory against Germany by 1-2. Now, they are going to face another major team, Spain.
So, let's get to know everything about the game between the two nations, their lineups, predictions, scorecard, and more.
Japan vs. Spain Match Preview
- Spain is now unbeaten in their last seven games at the World Cup.
- Japan has lost three of its previous four World Cup games.
- Japan needs a win to qualify for the next round of FIFA World Cup 2022.
- Spain will get to the next round of the 2022 World Cup if they win or even play a draw against Japan.
Japan vs. Spain Possible Lineups
Japan's Possible Lineups(4-2-3-1): Takuma Asano, Junya Ito, Daichi Kamada, Ritsu Doan, Hidemasa Morita, Wataru Endo, Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Ko Itakura, Miki Yamane, Shuichi Gonda
Spain's Possible Lineups (4-3-3): Alvaro Morata, Dani Olmo, Gavi, Pedri, Torres, Sergio Busquets, Jordi Alba, Aymeric Laporte, Hernandez, Dani Carvajal, Unai Simon
Players To Watch Closely at Japan vs. Spain
The Spanish team had his entire 26-man squad either on the pitch or the bench against Germany on Sunday night, and they played a 1-1 draw. Six different attacking players have netted a goal for Spain, with Morata and Torres the only ones to find the back of the net twice thus far.
On the other side, the Japanese team stunned the world after winning the game against Germany, which ended 1-2. Japan is now ready to face Spain, and Yoshida, Tomiyasu, and Kamada are the key players.
Japan vs. Spain: World Cup 2022 Prediction and Betting Odds
Japan and Spain meet in their final match, both needing results to secure their progress. Spain head into the final round of group games knowing that a draw would be enough to book their place in the knockout phase. After beating Germany unexpectedly, Japan went and lost their next match against Costa Rica and are no outsiders to qualify as the four-time FIFA World Cup winner will be expected to beat Costa Rica.
As we know, Japan is doing pretty well, due to which 12% of fans are supporting Japan while 69% are supporting Spain. Likewise, 19% of football fans have predicted that the game will end draw.
Our Prediction: Japan 1-2 Spain
Spain is a 1.40 favorite with the bookies to win, which means a 71% possibility of winning this FIFA World Cup clash. On the other hand, Japan is regarded as a long shot to win, and you can back them at 8.50.
How To Watch Japan vs. Spain? Kickoff Time, Stadium, Location, Date
Kickoff Time: 19:00 GMT / 14:00 ET / 11:00 PT
Date: Thursday, December 1
Stadium: Khalifa International Stadium
Location: Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Channels: Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, UFORIA App