Japan vs China game forecast for World Cup qualifiers

Japan take on China in a World Cup qualifying game on Thursday. The clash between the neighbours is far more attractive in gymnastics or figure skating, but in football it will be a fascinating spectacle. How many goals should we expect in the upcoming game? Full statistics and all odds for the match can be found at 1xbet mobile app download.

Japan

The Japanese are ranked 26th in FIFA – second only to Iran in Asia. The Blue Samurai are second in qualifying Group B, with 12 points after six games. The top two teams in the group can claim a direct trip to Qatar. The gap to leader Saudi Arabia is four points. The gap from the main pursuers, the Australians, is only one point. Japan have won four of their last five qualifying games – they lost by one to Saudi Arabia. Before that, September’s defeat to Oman snapped the team’s winning streak at home. In the return leg, however, the opponents were able to return the favour with a 1-0 win. Hajima Moriyasu’s side scored 1 goal on average, conceding 0.4.

China

The Chinese national team are 74th in the world rankings. The Great Wall are in fifth place in the qualifying rankings, with only five points. Even a place in the knockout stages would be problematic, with a six-point gap to Australia. Li Xiaopeng’s side have been poor in their recent qualifying matches. Only a win against Vietnam broke their losing streak. They have two draws and two defeats in their opening four games. The Chinese have already lost twice away to Australia and Saudi Arabia at this stage of the qualifiers. In November, they took a point against Australia (2). The team’s average efficiency is 1.4 goals per game. China concedes 1.6 goals.

In head-to-head encounters

Japan generally have no problems against China. The last Great Wall victory came in 1998. In the 11 subsequent meetings, the Blue Samurai have not lost. The last three encounters were won. The average efficiency of recent games is 3 goals.

Japan vs China

Judging by the preliminary layouts, the favourite for the meeting is obvious. However, the odds for a win for Japan are not too attractive. The statistics suggest a low-scoring game. “The Blue Samurai don’t concede much, but they don’t score either. We can’t expect any great goals from the Chinese. We predict a total of less than 3 for this game.

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