The Japanese players must be absolutely kicking themselves having seen a golden opportunity to book their place in the last 16 slip through their fingers on Sunday. Now they need a positive result against Spain to go forward. The Spanish also need a result to guarantee their spot, so plenty of permutations are available as we take a gander of some of the key betting markets heading into this Thursday night game…

Sunday morning’s disappointing performance against Costa Rica will be one of the most frustrating results in Japanese football history. They had done the hard work by beating one of the two European giants in their group but it all went wrong against Los Ticos. Now they have to get themselves back up for what will be their toughest group game.

Spain have looked good so far and even though many thought this young side are maybe a tournament away, I wouldn’t rule them out for a deep run in Qatar. A 7-0 win shellacking of Costa Rica showed off their attacking prowess.

We’ve added plenty of new player prop bets that are available around 24-48 hours before kick-off including tackles, assists and Shots on Target. You can check out all our latest prices for this one via the Latest Japan vs Spain Odds button below.

Latest Japan vs Spain Odds

Ferran Torres has looked good in both games but it is the old stalwart Alvaro Morata who has come off the bench in back-to-back games and found the back of the net in both. He’s 21/20 to score anytime, so even if he doesn’t start, that bet has a good chance of coming in with Ansu Fati and the aforementioned Torres slightly longer at 23/20. Daizen Maeda is the top choice for Japan in the anytime market at 3/1.

World Cup Betting Odds

In the top level Match Result Market, Spain are an overwhelming favourite coming in at 2/5. That seems about what you’d expect with the draw 4/1 and a Japanese win out at 15/2. I personally like BTTS in this game as Japan even if they go behind are going to have to throw the kitchen sink at Spain, so I like this to be fairly entertaining. BTTS is 10/11 with the Over 2.5 goals a 4/6 play.

I know plenty of people are enjoying our new Shots on Target markets and I like the look of some of the Japanese prices knowing how attacking they might get towards crunchtime. Eintracht Frankfurt playmaker Daichi Kamada is expected to pull the strings in the No. 10 role and is 13/8 to have 1+ SoT. Ritsu Doan is 6/4.

Throughout this World Cup the Betfred Blog team will have a full betting preview and a big-priced Bet Builder for every game, so keep checking back with us for our latest World Cup pieces every day for Qatar 2022…

*All prices correct at the time of writing.

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