Belgium and Japan play for a place in the World Cup quarter-finals when they meet on Monday night at the Rostov Arena and we take a look at the game and suggest a bet.
Belgium are currently 13/2 to lift the Cup with France, Brazil and Spain the only 3 teams above them in the betting at the time of writing. Their inform striker Ramelu Lukaku is currently second favourite to win the Golden Boot at 53/20 behind England’s Harry Kane who is 5/4. Click here for outright betting.
Belgium v Japan – click here to bet
Belgium topped Group G ahead of England with wins in all 3 of their matches including beating the English 1-0 in their last game. They had previously seen off Tunisia 5-2 and Panama 3-0.
Japan were second to Colombia in Group H. They opened their campaign with a 2-1 win over Colombia and then drew 2-2 to Senegal before losing their final match 1-0 to Poland.
These sides last met in a friendly in 2017 with Belgium winning 1-0 but interestingly enough Japan had won the previous 3 meetings between the teams.
Suggested bet: Handicap, Belgium (-1) at 11/10.
Belgium have impressed me in this tournament to date and I think Japan got the benefit of coming through a weak group. I expect Belgium to grab the lead at some point and when Japan are forced to throw caution to the wind they will be able to exploit the gaps left at the back and can win by more than a goal.
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