United Arab Emirates vs. Japan predictions for Thursday’s Asian World Cup qualifier clash at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Japan hope to bag points on a tough away day and stay in Group B top 2. Read on for all our free predictions and betting tips.
United Arab Emirates vs. Japan Betting Tips
Japan travel to the United Arab Emirates in great shape, with four wins and a draw earned in their last five outings. They currently stand 2nd with a total of ten points, where 1st placed Saudi Arabia hold the top spot just for the goal difference and one extra goal scored. They’ve been rather convincing despite the difficult schedule, and we’ll now back them to continue the streak with a win priced at Evens with bet365
Samurai Blue come into the match on the back of a 2-1 home win over Saudi Arabia back in November and they’ll now be confident to go on and take over the group’s top spot. Although the United Arab Emirates will be no pushovers, Japan should have what it takes to secure the points at Hazza Bin Zayed stadium.
The popular Zayed's sons have picked up their form in November with two home wins (2-0 in a friendly against Bahrain and 2-0 over Iraq), and they sit just outside the top 3 with nine points hoping to cause an upset in a tough group for them. However, it doesn’t seem they have what it takes to hold off the in-form Japanese and we do feel they’ll have to look for their chances elsewhere.
However, with fine defending throughout the campaign and especially in front of the home fans, Japan will have a hard time outclassing their rivals. UAE have netted seven goals in five games, and with Samurai Blue largely picking up their form recently, a Yes on Both teams to score here looks a great option at 19/20 with Ladbrokes
United Arab Emirates vs. Japan Stats
UAE have a better overall head-to-head record with three wins, a draw, and two losses in six games played. Most importantly, they’ve earned a narrow win in Japan (1-2) back in September, snatching the points with a comeback completed by Ahmed Khalil. Both sides have found the net in four of their last five matchups and on the balance of things, this seems a perfect chance for the visitors to return the favour.
We’ll thus back the same score prediction, going for a 1-2 away win this time around at 8/1 with BetVictor
, and hoping to see another interesting clash in Al Ain.
Both teams to score Yes at 19/20 with Ladbrokes