France vs. Japan
July 28, 2021 7:30 am EDT
The Line: Over 2.5 -138, Under 2.5 +107
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France and Japan are clashing at Nissan Stadium in round 3 of Group A in the Olympics 2021 soccer tournament. France has shown some solid offense so far in this tournament, but their defense hasn’t been doing well, and France is now in 3rd place. Japan has two wins in this tournament, and they are at the top of this group with 6 points.
France has scored 5 goals so far in this tournament while conceding 4 goals, and as I’ve mentioned, their defense hasn’t been doing so well. In their second game in this tournament, France was the better team than South Africa with 53% of ball possession, 10 shots on goal, 11 corner kicks, 3 big chances created, and a solid 84% of the correct passes. France was losing 3 times in this game, and in the 31st minute, they were losing 2-3. In the last 6 minutes of this game, France has scored 2 goals, and they have won this match 4-3. This win has given France a chance to advance to the next stage, but only if they win in this game. Gignac has scored 4 goals so far in this tournament, while Savanier added 1 goal. France has played solid soccer in their last game, but their defense is sloppy, and I’m afraid that might be the reason they will be knocked out of the tournament.
Japan is in great form, and they were the best team in this tournament so far. With 2 nice wins, Japan is at the top of this group, and they have scored 3 goals while conceding only 1 goal. Kubo is the leading goalscorer for Japan with 2 goals, while Doan added 1 goal. Japan was playing against Mexico in their last game, and they have had only 38% of ball possession, 3 shots on goal, 3 corner kicks, 1 big chance created, and 74% of the correct passes. After a great first half, Japan was leading 2-0, and in the 68th minute, Japan had an extra player on the field. In the 85th minute, Japan has conceded a goal, but they have still won this game 2-1. If Japan losses this game, they could get knocked out if Mexico wins their game, Japan will get knocked out, but I think Japan is a good team, and I think they will get a positive result out of this game.
These two teams have never met in the past, but going just by form, Japan has the advantage here. France has to win this game, and that is what could make them dangerous, but Japan is playing well, and the French defense is terrible. I will take the over in this one.