Netherlands vs Japan Expert World Cup Picks 6/25/2019
Women's World Cup
Tuesday, June 25, 2019
Netherlands will head to Roazhon Park when they face Japan on Tuesday, June 25, 2019 in a Women's World Cup matchup. The opening line for this game has Netherlands priced at -128 and Japan coming in at +306. The bet for a draw is +221.
In the final Round of 16 game, the Netherlands will be going up against Japan in a game that will feature two very solid defensive sides. This Dutch side was able to win all three of its group stage matches, scoring six total goals while only conceding two. The Japanese were only able to score a total of two goals during group play, but they made it to this round due to the fact that they only gave up three goals. This is expected to be a low-scoring affair, with the Netherlands being the slight favorites to pick up the win.
Netherlands head coach Sarina Wiegman probably won't make too many adjustments ahead of this match against Japan. Her side was excellent last round, controlling possession when they wanted to and fidning ways to get the ball to their most influential players up front. Their one worry in this matchup will be Japan's ability to quickly break on the counterattack, which could cause the Netherlands some problems if they are overly aggressive.
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Key Players for the Netherlands:
Vivianne Miedema - As expected, Miedema has been the Netherlands' top attacking threat through its first three World Cup matches. The 22-year-old striker scored two goals in three games and now has a very impressive total of 60 goals in just 78 international games. Japan will know how important Miedema is and will probably put extra pressure on her, so she'll have to put in the work to find openings.
Anouk Dekker - The veteran midfielder is one of the Netherlands' most creative players and she's often the player who gets the ball when they are transitioning from defense to offense. Japan's defense is very good, so it will be up to players like Dekker to find the holes in that defense to open up chances for their top scorers.
The Japanese did not play like a team ranked seventh in the world during group play, but all they'll care about is that they did enough to make it to this round. Head coach Asako Takakura is probably very proud of the way her team played defensively, but she'll want to see more from them when they have the ball. If the Japanese can put pressure on Netherlands in the midfield and create chances for their struggling forwards, they do have a chance to make it to the next round.
Key Players for Japan:
Mana Iwabuchi - Japan will probably be on the back foot for the majority of this match, so Iwabuchi will need to be ready to put the Netherlands' defense under pressure whenever she gets her chances. The 26-year-old striker is Japan's top threat going forward and her speed could end up causing the Netherlands some problems.
Nana Ichise - The young defender is one to watch in this matchup because she is the most inexperienced defender on Japan. She'll need to step up against a very good Netherlands attack if Japan is going to have any chance in this match. She played well during the group stages, but the pressure increases quite a bit as you move forward in this tournament.
Who will win tonight's Netherlands/Japan World Cup game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take Japan +306
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