Belgium vs Japan Today’s Soccer Prediction
Belgium is a far stronger team than Japan and should dominate. Belgium has not been particularly bold at the World Cup, and an early lead is a risk, but the bookmakers seem to overestimate Japan a bit on the ball possession.
Japan is by far the weakest team left at the World Cup.
Belgium, on the other hand, looks like one of the favorites to go all the way, and therefore should also be a level above Japan on most parameters.
Belgium has a lot more physical than the Japanese and should win the majority of the duels.
Japan has been a lot on the ball in the group matches but for good reason, and bookmakers may overestimate them a bit on this background. (*)
Belgium saved some players in the fight against England, which by the way did not have a particularly high pace, so there should be many healthy legs.
In spite of the level difference, it does not look like a match that is settled early, so there should be good chances of tension in the second half as well.
Belgium does not have special ball possession at this World Cup: 60% against Panama, 52% against Tunisia and 52% against England.
The battle against England, however, was without real significance when both teams continued and against Tunisia, the match was already settled in the first half.
In the qualification, however, one was very dominant on the front, but it was also against very weak opponents.
Of course, there is a risk that Japan will be run over like Tunisia, and that the struggle will lose speed and Japan will get some of the initiative.
Japan also saved some players in the fight against Poland.
Japan had 58% ball possession against Colombia, where the South American got a red card after three minutes. Against Poland, Japan had 54% of possession. In that struggle, the Eastern Europeans had played their part and in the last 15 minutes. Japan had 100% ball possession as they continued on the 1-0 defeat, and Poland was also pleased with that result. Against Senegal, Japan had 54% possession of the ball, which is, however, significantly less than Poland and Columbia had the same ball-foul opponent.
Prediction Today: Belgium over 56.5% ball possession