Spain will look to seal the top position in Group E when they oppose Japan Thursday at Khalifa International Stadium. Here’s the best options to bet Japan vs. Spain with the moneyline, spread and over/under odds.
Japan vs Spain Betting Lines
Japan’s Must-Win Game
Japan defied the odds to start their World Cup with a win over Germany. They will need to shock Spain as well as to reach the knockouts. That 2-1 victory against the Germans was superb, but the Blue Samurai need another three points to advance in the tournament.
Dominating the match against Costa Rica in terms of possession and creating scoring chances as well, Japan nonetheless were floored by a late goal in a 1-0 defeat. It was a result that turned Group E wide open. Spain are strong favorites to win this game, something to understand if you’re betting online.
The death and subsequent burial of Japan is premature, but if Germany beat Costa Rica comfortably as expected, the Samurai Blue would need to triumph over Spain to advance to the round of 16. A lack of cutting-edge finishing was the main reason they lost to Costa Rica. Expect Japan to again struggle once again, now against a rock-solid Spanish side.
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Spain’s Cup Contenders
Costa Rica are probably among the weakest teams at this World Cup, but it was impossible not to be impressed with Spain’s brilliant performance in the rout. Seven goals scored and a clean sheet is hard to match. Another victory would have sent Spain through to the last 16. They had the lead against Germany on an Alvaro Morata goal just after the hour mark, but Niclas Fullkrug struck with seven minutes of “normal” time remaining.
Spain are on the brink of securing a place in the knockout phase, and a draw here would propel them into the last 16. Of course, winning also guarantees their progression as Group E champs Luis Enrique has done an excellent job since taking charge. Looking at all teams at this World Cup, Spain, Brazil and France are arguably the ones playing the best.
They have world-class performers on their rosters, all willing to use their skills at the service of the team. We will continue to include them in our soccer picks and parlays. Expect them to have a deep run in the tournament.
Japan vs Spain Match Information
- Day/Time: Thursday, Dec. 1st, 2:00 p.m. ET
- Game: Japan vs Spain
- Location: Khalifa International Stadium (Doha)
- Japan vs Spain Live Stream: fubo.tv
Japan vs Spain Picks & Prediction
- Worth the Moneyline?
Spain enter this clash as heavy favorites, priced at -235 on the three-way moneyline, according to the latest soccer odds. Japan is priced at +700. It’s very straightforward, with the Spaniards dominating and adding three more points to their tally. One will be sufficient in seeing the squad make it out of Group E. We can’t see them going after anything less than a win. There’s no value in backing Spain on the moneyline, of course.
- Worth the ATS?
Spain haven’t qualified just yet, and won’t want to make the same mistake Germany did against Japan. Expect them to enter this clash determined to win, winning the group and thus avoiding tougher teams. The gap in quality between the sides is huge, and with Japan forced into an attacking approach because they must win, expect the favorites to cover the -1½ (+110).
- Worth the Totals?
Goal line is set at 2½ (over at -135). Three of Japan’s last six international matches have produced over 2½ goals, including that fantastic 2-1 win over Germany. Spain had seven goals by themselves without reply against Costa Rica in their opener. Three of their last five matches have ended with at least three goals on the scoresheet. Spain are taken to cover the goal line on their own. The struggles of Japan’s defense are going to be exploited.
SCORE PREDICTION: Japan 1, Spain 3
The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.