Netherlands vs. Japan
|Date & Time||Tuesday June 25, 2019, 3:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Netherlands -125 / Japan +367 / Draw +257 -- Over/Under: 2.5
Netherlands and Japan meet Tuesday in FIFA Women's World Cup at Roazhon Park.
After missing out of the six World Cups, Netherlands is in the round of 16 back-to-back appearances and looks for its first ever World Cup quarterfinal. Netherlands set a strong statement in the group stages by beating New Zealand, Cameroon and Canada, which creates a six-match winning streak entering this contest. Netherlands has been an exciting team up to this point, as it looks to push the pace and has produced a combined 35 shot attempts through three matches. Netherlands can also be encouraged knowing all six goals have come from different players, so it shows the depth of this team as well. Netherlands seems to be one of those teams few are talking about but has potential to continue doing serious damage.
Japan are back in the round of 16 and are an experienced bunch that’s made the final in each of the last two World Cups. Japan is coming off a 0-2 loss to England, but it forced a draw against Argentina and beat Scotland to make it out of the group stages. Besides its opening match, Japan has split ball possession in its last two matches, but does have a combined 42 shot attempts and has been a little more aggressive than we’re used to seeing. Japan does have a history of being conservative offensively and sitting on the ball at times, so it’s no surprise this side has scored one or less goals in five of its last seven matches.
Netherlands and Japan met in the 2018 Algarve Cup, a match Netherlands won 6-2. Japan beat Netherlands 1-0 in a 2017 friendly match and also won a 2015 World Cup match.
Neither of these teams have been shy in terms of getting shot attempts off, but it’s Netherlands who actually looks to score and is aggressive with a purpose. Japan isn’t looking to force the issue and can struggle mightily against set defenses. A deep and explosive offense like Netherlands is going to make Japan uncomfortable and could put this match to bed with an early goal, as Japan isn’t the type of team looking to play from behind.
Netherlands should win this match and advance to the quarters for the first time.