Denmark vs Japan – betting tips, match preview and prediction

World Cup BettingDenmark will play Japan in their deciding World Cup match in group E at 19:30 BST in Rustenburg. Surprisingly Japan is still in position to qualify for the last 16 at the World, but Denmark still remain in competition and could take the spot from the Japanese by winning the match today.

Match Preview

After their somewhat surprising victory against Cameroon in their first match, Japan is now close to making history by qualifying to the knockout stage for the second time ever. The match against Denmark will decide which of the two teams that will follow the Netherlands into the 1/8-finals from the group. In this quest Japans superior goal score could prove important, as they can settle for a draw against the Danes in Rustenburg tonight. The Japanese have shown stunning strength so far and especially their 1-0 win against Cameroon demands respect, while their loss to the Netherlands was expected. Based on a solid defensive tactic and incredible physics, they have impressed most people at the World Cup so far, but still need to finish their accomplishment against Denmark.

Denmark was expected to fight Cameroon for the second spot in the 1/8-finals in group E, but instead they will be facing Japan in the group final. The Danes was almost eliminated in their last match and only goals from Nicklas Bendtner and Dennis Rommedahl saved them from a terrible start against Cameroon being down 1-0. Despite coming back, the Danes were far from impressing and the match could have gone either way. Luckily for Denmark they managed to secure a win and are now hoping to reach the knockout stage. It will require a win, but Denmark has never left a World Cup so far before the knockout games in four previous attempts. However comforting their stats, they must still play better tonight against Japan than in their previous games, which was also emphasized by coach Morten Olsen after their match against Cameroon.

Team Updates

Denmark has several doubtful players for the match against Japan, including Nicklas Bendtner, Jon Dahl Tomasson and Daniel Jensen. At the moment all but Daniel Jensen is expected to play, but Bendtner will have to be tested before game. In addition Simon Kjaer will be out with a suspension and will be replaced by Per Kroldrup.

The Japanese squad is reported fit for the game and coach Takeshi Okada could likely set the same team for the third match in a row.

Denmark vs Japan betting tip

Our betting pick will be Denmark at odds 2.15 to win at 888 Sports.

It is now or never for Denmark, that must win to qualify for the knockout stage. Japan could settle for a draw and will once again apply their defensive line-up to keep Denmark from scoring and play on counterattacks. This could prove dangerous against the Danes, if they do not manage to hold their wings in the match. The Danes are way taller than the Japanese on average, which could cause the solid Japanese defence more trouble than we have seen so far. Of cause it will not be easy for the Danes to score, but we do not expect the Japanese to hold them off in 90 minutes. At the same time Denmark is known for their great defensive work, although not showing against Cameroon, which will make it tough for the Japanese to score themselves. Our match prediction will be a 1-0 victory for the Danes.

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