Japan vs Spain
FIFA World Cup
Date: 1 December 2022, Thursday
Kick-off at 19:00 UK / 20:00 CET
Venue: Khalifa International Stadium (Al Rayyan).
When Spain plays Japan at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday, they will be looking to win Group E.
In their final FIFA World Cup 2022 group-stage match against Japan, Spain will try to use their offensive weapons.
La Roja will need a draw to advance to the Round of 16, but they will strive to end the group stage victorious.
When Japan defeated Germany in their opening game, it came as a huge shock.
Additionally, they were predicted to make a statement in their upcoming matchup with Costa Rica.
However, a humiliating loss to Los Ticos left them reeling, and they are unable to afford another setback since it will destroy their chances of securing a Round of 16 spot.
The Asian superpowers do have the means to hand Spain an improbable defeat.
However, a tie would also suffice if Germany failed to score two or more goals against their opponent or failed to defeat Costa Rica.
Spain’s outstanding performances against Germany and Costa Rica have already demonstrated what they can bring to the table.
Despite sharing the victory with Die Mannschaft in the previous game, they were unlucky, and Luis Enrique will make sure that their World Cup run is flawless.
Long-term, their lack of experienced campaigners may be a serious worry.
However, there haven’t been any loopholes thus far because they were quite determined to make themselves known this time.
The 1-1 tie between Spain and Germany revealed many new aspects of the group, and it appears that the Spanish will only have themselves to blame if they don’t finish first.
Japan vs Spain Head to head :
- Japan missed their chance on Sunday against Costa Rica
- Spain looked great in both matches so far in the tournament
- Ferran Torres completed a brace on the opening day and is on penalties when Morata is not on the pitch
Japan vs Spain Prediction :
One can bet on Japan to defeat Spain if they were able to defeat Germany despite being down a goal.
The Blue Samurai have performed admirably up to this point, and they should succeed in advancing to the Round of 16 for the second time in a row.
Japan and Spain are expected to tie 1-1, according to The Hard Tackle.
Japan vs Spain Team News :
Takehiro Tomiyasu and Hiroki Sakai, two Japanese defenders, are both questionable due to hamstring injuries, and Wataru Endo, a midfielder who has been missing from first-team training, could also be sidelined because of a knee issue.
Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who both scored in the shocking victory over Germany, will be hoping to start on the flanks, though Real Sociedad’s Takefusa Kubo will also be vying for a starting spot. Endo is expected to be replaced in center-midfield by either Ao Tanaka or Leganes’ Gaku Shibasaki.
Daichi Kamada, a playmaker for Eintracht Frankfurt, is anticipated to keep his spot as the tenth player, either behind Daizen Maeda or Ayase Ueda.
Gavi, a midfielder for Spain who is 18 years old, has missed practice due to a minor injury and is questionable for Thursday’s match.
Koke, Carlos Soler, and Marcos Llorente are all vying to start their first game in Qatar, while the team’s captain Sergio Busquets, who is one caution away from a suspension, is expected to be rested.
Pau Torres or Eric Garcia might replace Busquets in the deep-lying midfield position, and Rodri of Manchester City would line up beside Aymeric Laporte at the center of the defense.
After scoring two goals in as many substitute appearances, Morata will be vying for the attacking starting spot.
He could start alongside Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo, with Marco Asensio perhaps moving to the bench.
Japan possible starting lineup:
Gonda; Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Tanaka, Morita; Doan, Kamada, Kubo; Maeda
Spain possible starting lineup:
Simon; Carvajal, P. Torres, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Rodri, Pedri; F. Torres, Morata, Olmo