After shocking Germany in their opening game, Japan now look to follow up with victory over a Costa Rica side that could still be reeling from their 7-0 mauling at the hands of Spain.
And we’ve got the action at the Al-Rayyan Stadium covered with our 16/1 Bet Builder.
- Takuma Asano to score
- Daichi Kamada to have 1 or more shots on target
- Bryan Oviedo to be shown a card
Takuma Asano to score
Asano came off the bench against Germany to score the winner, and in his 34 minutes on the pitch, he managed five attempts at goal.
He should be full of confidence after that strike and will be relishing taking on a Costa Rice defence that shipped seven goals in their opening match.
Daichi Kamada to have 1 or more shots on target
Kamada has enjoyed an excellent start to the season, scoring six goals in his last nine appearances for Frankfurt, and he registered one attempt in Japan’s victory over Germany.
He’s a real danger man for the Japanese, and he looks like a solid bet to test the keeper at least once in this clash.
Bryan Oviedo to be shown a card
Oviedo was a familiar face to referees during his time in England, picking up a card in over half of his appearances for Everton and nine in 31 for Sunderland.
Now playing for Real Salt Lake in the MLS, he’s picked up two bookings in just six appearances, and with Costa Rica needing a result here, it would be no surprise to see Oviedo end up in the book again.