2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup – Japan vs Scotland Prediction & Preview

THE FACTS

When is Japan vs Scotland taking place? Friday 14th June 2019 – 14:00 (UK)

Where is Japan vs Scotland taking place? Roazhon Park, Rennes

What television channel is Japan vs Scotland on? BBC One

Where can I stream Japan vs Scotland? UK users can stream this match via BBC iPlayer

Where can I get tickets for Japan vs Scotland? https://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/organisation/ticketing/

THE TEAM NEWS

JAPAN

  • Japan made it three games unbeaten when drawing with Argentina in their opening match at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup but the bad news for the Japanese is that they have now gone five matches without a win.
  • Despite heading into the Argentina game as big favourites, a win would have given them a huge boost to start their campaign as they look to mount a challenge at this tournament but they were held to a surprising goalless draw.
  • The Japanese dominated for large spells but couldn’t find a way through a stubborn Argentine defence and with them struggling to create genuine chances, they may look to make some changes in attack for this game with Scotland.

SCOTLAND

  • Scotland were second best for much of the game as they went down to England but the Scots will look to build on their improved effort in the second half as they face another tough contest against Japan.
  • Heading into the break 2-0 down after they were outclassed in the first half, Scotland responded well and produced a much better half as they got a goal back but ultimately fell short as it finished 2-1.
  • Erin Cuthbert played the full game for the Scots and she did a great job of leading the line on her own and she could well be handed that task again with her ability on the counter likely to cause Japan problems.

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THE PREDICTION

Whilst Japan are now unbeaten in three games, they have not won any of their last five and that will be a concern heading into this crucial game with Scotland who are more than capable of earning a positive result. Japan were the better side against Argentina but their inability to break through the Argentinian defence will be a concern whilst Scotland played well against much tougher opponents. The Scots will take confidence from their second half display and could ensure Japan’s winless run continues as they take at least a point from this one.