2022 International Friendlies Matches to Must Bet On Japan vs USA Analysis and Preview

2022 International Friendlies Matches to Must Bet On: Japan vs USA Analysis and Preview

Written by on September 22, 2022

Two nations with World Cup aspirations throw down early Friday morning when the United States battles Japan in a FIFA soccer friendly. The match takes place at Merkur Spiel-Arena in Dusseldorf, Germany. Once oddsmakers set a line, expect the U.S. to be a massive favorite. Does Japan have a chance to keep the match close? See below for International Friendlies Odds, analysis, and a free pick for Japan versus the United States. 

Japan vs United States Betting Prediction | FIFA Soccer Friendly Match

Japan vs United States Betting Odds and Match Info

  • When: Friday, Sep. 23 at 8:00 am ET
  • Where: Merkur Spiel-Arena, Dusseldorf, Germany 
  • TV / Streaming: ESPN2 / ESPN+
  • Handicap Odds: TBD
  • Moneyline Odds: TBD
  • Total Odds: TBD

Why Japan is a good bet versus the United States

Although Japan has just a single win in their last 5, the Japanese have played decent soccer. The 0-3 lost to Tunisia happened against a team that will play in Qatar this November. Ghana, who Japan beat 4-1, will also play in the 2022 World Cup tournament. There’s no shame in losing to Brazil. There’s a chance the Japanese surprise the Americans in this.  

Japan Last 5

  • L – 0-3 vs. Tunisia
  • W – 4-1 vs. Ghana
  • L – 0-1 vs. Brazil
  • W – 4-1 vs. Paraguay
  • D – 1-1 vs. Vietnam

Japan Predicted Starting Lineup

  • Kawashima
  • Itakura
  • Ito
  • Taniguchi
  • Shibasaki
  • Mitoma
  • Tanaka
  • Kubo
  • Doan
  • Maeda

Why the United States is a good bet versus Japan

Since their final World Cup qualifying match against Costa Rica, the United States has won a couple of matches and drawn in 2 matches. The U.S. is a talented bunch. Based on the rosters, the United States should have no trouble beating Japan. If oddsmakers set a fair handicap line, the United States should also cover the spread. Japan doesn’t have players that can hang with Pulisic, Aaronson, or Weah.

United States Last 5

  • D – 1-1 vs. El Salvador
  • W – 5-0 vs. Grenada
  • D – 0-0 vs. Uruguay
  • W – 3-0 vs. Morocco
  • L – 2-0 vs. Costa Rica

United States Predicted Starting Lineup

  • Horvath
  • Long
  • Carter-Vickers
  • Robinson
  • Cannon
  • Adams
  • Aaronson
  • Musah
  • Wright
  • Pulisic
  • Weah 

Final Betting Analysis: Japan vs United States

Japan should have no shot, but before writing off the Japanese to play well in this, it’s important to note what Team USA is trying to get from these matches.

The Americans aren’t playing to necessarily win. The U.S. definitely isn’t playing to show off. There’s no real benefit to beating Japan by 2 to 3 goals.

There’s no real benefit to even winning the match. What the United States wants to do is experiment with certain lineups to ensure success in Qatar. Japan will be doing the same thing, which explains the 0-3 loss to Tunisia.

The Japanese had no desire to go all out and win that friendly. If the U.S. and the Japanese don’t go for it, this game could end up a draw. Backing the draw is the best bet to make on the United States versus Japan. 

FIFA Friendly Japan vs United States Pick: Draw  

 
 

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