2015 FIFA Women's World Cup: Australia vs. Japan Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/27/15
Japan (4-0) vs. Australia (2-1-1)
World Cup: Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 4:00 pm (Canada)
The Line: Japan +114 / Australia +279 -- Over/Under: 2 See the Latest Odds
TV: FOX Sports 1
Australia and Japan meet Saturday afternoon in the quarterfinals of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.
Australia is coming off a surprising 1-0 victory to eliminate Brazil. Australia has done a great job of controlling pace of its matches and limiting shots on the defensive end. Australia has allowed just one goal in its last three matches, 13 shots on target during that span and Lydia Williams has come away with 11 saves. Offensively, Australia has been able to pick its spots, as it’s scored five times on 16 of hits total shots on target. Kyah Simon and Lisa de Vanna have combined for all five goals, while Laura Alleway has an assist and four shot attempts. Australia has 44 shots overall and has yet to commit a single yellow card this tournament. Australia has proven to be a well balanced team that is going to rely on its defense but also get enough quality looks on the offensive end as well.
Japan eliminated Netherlands with a 2-1 victory and has won all four of its matches. Japan has been lights out on the defensive end, allowing just two goals and 10 shots on target this whole tournament. Japan does a great job of loading the box and has blocked six total shots in its last two matches. Offensively, Japan has 57 shot attempts overall and has scored six times on 16 of its shots on goal. All six of Japan’s goals have come from a different player. Aya Miyama has a goal and two assists, Aya Sameshima has a goal and two shots, while Yuki Ogimi has a goal and nine shot attempts. Japan is a team that’s not going to beat itself and is quietly playing like a team that could repeat as World Cup champions.
This may be the matchup of the quarterfinals, as Japan has cruised through this tournament and is the defending champs, while Australia has proven itself and is balanced enough to cause problems. We’ve made some nice on both teams during this run, and this matchup could really go either way assuming both teams show up.
This is going is be a great match that could go either way. Of course Japan is better and has given us no reason to fade, but I just feel Australia has the goods to pull off the upset. Just a gut feeling here, and it's not like the Aussies haven't made us money already this tournament.