Japan vs. Uruguay
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
Arena do Grêmio
Porto Alegre, Brazil
Uruguay -600 / Draw +600 / Japan +1400
In the 2019 Copa America, Uruguay will play their second game against Japan at the Arena do Grêmio in Porto Alegre.
Uruguay had a big win in their opening game as they defeated Ecuador 4-0. It was an outstanding performance by Uruguay with both Luis Suarez and Edinson Cavani scoring. During the victory, Uruguay dominated the ball as they controlled 62% of the possession and completed 515 passes at an accuracy rate of over 80%. The defense was outstanding from Uruguay as the likes of Godin and Gimenez gave Ecuador no chances. Ecuador only had 2 shots in the entire match. The dynamics of this tournament means that winning this match should be enough to see Uruguay securing a spot in the quarterfinals. There were questions regarding the quality of this Uruguay team but following this victory, the critics will be silent and the players will have a lot of confidence.
On the other side of the pitch, Japan suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Chile. It was a poor performance by the Japanese team as they lost 4-0. Japan’s passing was very poor as they only complete 380 passes at an accuracy of 76%. The defense was very poor from Japan as they allowed the likes of Alexis Sanchez and Eduardo Vargas to play with freedom. Japan are playing a very young squad and suffering such a big loss in the opening round may have a huge impact on the confidence of the team. This is expected to be another extremely tough contest for Japan since Uruguay also have a very strong attacking unit.
Japan and Uruguay have played each other 7 times in the past. Japan has won on 2 occasions, Uruguay has won on 4 occasions and 1 match ended as a draw. The most recent match between these two teams was an international friendly in 2018 where Japan won 4-3.
Japan had a poor start to the tournament I see them losing this match also. Uruguay have a stronger attack than Chile and it is hard to see the Japanese defense containing the likes of Suarez and Cavani. Uruguay will be high on confidence following their win against Ecuador and I see them getting another 3 points from this fixture.