Chile are the strong favorites to get a victory at the start of Copa America against the side that decided to sent a rather inexperienced side to Brazil. Two-time defending champions cannot afford to drop points in this one and they have an imperative to get a win.
Japan vs. Chile
• Copa America
• Estádio do Morumbi, Sao Paulo, Brazil
• Tuesday 18 June
• 01:00 CET
Japan Team News
Japan have a tough task to advance to the quarter-finals after failing to win the 2019 Asian Cup, despite having a favorite tag. They appeared at Copa America in 1999 but didn’t make it through the group stage and it will be extremely hard to do it this time around.
Head coach Hajime Moriyasu opted to select a ton of young, inexperienced players because the Japanese J-League is still playing and 16 of 23 players didn’t play a single game for the country. Moriyasu has only three established players in his team: Leicester City forward Shinji Okazaki, Strasbourg goalkeeper Eiji Kawashima, and Getafe midfielder Gaku Shibasaki.
Japan Latest Form
Japan were on an unbeaten run of eleven-straight matches (W10, D1) before finally losing in the 2019 Asian Cup final to Qatar in February.
None of Japan’s previous four fixtures (W2, D1, L1) produced three or more goals, and none saw goals on both ends. Still, they kept their net intact in each of their last three games (W2, D1). When they win, the Samurai Blue also tend to keep the opposition out of their net as nine of their previous 12 victories have seen them win without conceding.
Chile Team News
Reigning champions Chile are looking to get their third Copa America title in a row after winning the tournament in 2015 and 2016. In case they make it, they will be the second team after Argentina to win three consecutive Copa Americas.
Reinaldo Rueda has a very experienced squad and even six players with over 100 caps. Superstar Alexis Sanchez had a horrible season at Manchester United and the fans are expecting him to bounce back in Brazil. Eduardo Vargas, Arturo Vidal, Charles Aranguiz, Gary Medel, and Mauricio Isla will give their best to keep Alexis is goal-scoring mood as it was the case in recent test matches.
Chile Latest Form
The Chileans have found the back of the net in each of their previous six matches (W3, D1, L2). However, they are not as good at the back lately after conceding in each of their last five games. When Chile lose they tend to do so in dramatic manner, having allowed exactly three goals in each of their previous five losses.
In 21 last duels with Asian opponents including friendlies, Chile have an excellent record that stands at W11, D7, L2. Each of Chile’s previous five Copa America group stage matches have featured three or more goals. Chile have allowed at least one first-half goal in four of their last five games.
Japan vs. Chile Head to Head
Japan and Chile have met on three occasions so far and the latest clash was in 2009. It is interesting to highlight that Chile never scored against the Japanese and allowed eight in the process.
Japan vs. Chile Betting Tip
Even though Chile are without a victory over Japan, this is a completely different situation than friendlies and with all experience at his disposal, I am backing Reinaldo Rueda’s guys to record a convincing win in this one. If you like to play safe, go with Chile to win at 1.50 (-200) but if you prefer to double your stake, we suggest you go with Chile to win and score over 1.5 goals at 2.00 (+100).