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2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Japan vs. Netherlands Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/15

Netherlands (1-1-1) vs. Japan (3-0)

World Cup: Tuesday, June 23, 2015 at 10:00 pm (Canada)

The Line: Netherlands +373 / Japan -118 -- Over/Under: 2 See the Latest Odds

TV: FOX Sports 1

Japan and Netherlands play Tuesday night in the round of 16 in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

Japan swept group C with victories over Switzerland, Cameroon and Ecuador. Japan knows it takes defense to win this tournament and that’s exactly what it’s shown so far, allowing just eight shots on target and 36 shots overall. Japan doesn’t give up anything easy and frustrates offenses to the point they start forcing things. Japan has also been physical, committing 22 fouls in its last match and 35 fouls overall. Offensively, Japan has moved the ball well, controlled the match and scored on four of its 13 shots on target. Aya Miyama, Yuika Sugasawa, Yuki Ogimi and Aya Sameshima have produced all four of Japan’s goals. Japan has picked up where it left off after winning the World Cup in 2011, and it’s going to take a disciplined team in order to stop this impressive run.

2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Japan vs. Netherlands Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/23/15

Netherlands beat New Zealand and forced a draw against Canada to get to this point. Netherlands has just found ways to hang around in matches, and it starts with solid goaltending, as Sari van Veenendaal and Loes Geurts have combined for 17 saves in three matches. Netherlands has allowed just two goals on 20 shots on target and has blocked a total of eight shots. Offensively, Netherlands has to feel it could be better after scoring just two goals on 11 shots on target. Lieke Martens and Kirsten van de Van have scored both goals while Manon Melis has an assist and three shot attempts. The Netherlands should be confident in this match due to impressive goaltending, but it must get more out of its chances on the offensive end in order to continue to advance.

Japan has been a freight train all tournament long and has shown no signs of slowing down. However, Netherlands will always have a chance to surprise with its defensive pressure and goalies who have stopped just about everything this tournament. This match should be fun.

Would you pick against Japan with the way its been playing? Not me. The Netherlands is simply lucky to be here and will now have its hands full with the defending champs. 

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Japan -118

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