JPN vs SAU Dream11 Team Prediction, Fantasy Team News, Playing 11
Japan vs Saudi Arabia Match Preview, Team News, Lineups
AFC Asian Cup, Last-16
When: January 21, 2019, 04:30 PM, IST
Where: Al-Sharjah Stadium
JPN vs SAU Dream11 MATCH PREVIEW:
Four-time AFC Asian Cup Champions Japan will be facing Saudi Arabia in the last-16 match at Al-Sharjah Stadium, in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, on Monday evening (IST).
Having already secured a place in the last-16, manager Hajime Moriyasu decided to make wholesale changes in the last match, and the decision worked as the Blue Samurai scraped past Uzbekistan 2-1 in their last group game. The Blue Samurai won the group and now will be facing three-time Asian Champions Saudi Arabia in the last-16.
With three wins from the three games, Japan topped their group. However, their journey so far in the competition is less than convincing. For a team of their pedigree and quality, the Blue Samurai rode their luck sometimes in the group stage, winning the first two games by a single goal margin.
The first match against Turkmenistan could have gone either way after a late Ahmet Atayew (79′ P) strike brought the score to 3-2. However, the big worry for manager Moriyasu was that he lost his star forward Yuya Osako to an injury. And the next encounter was almost a similar story, but with fewer goals as Japan toiled for their 0-1 win over Oman.
Now the challenges are set to become bigger and harder as the knockout phase starts. Japan have no other choice but to improve themselves if they are to win their fifth Asian crown.
Saudi Arabia meanwhile had already qualified to the last 16 before they faced eternal rivals Qatar for the top spot in Group E. The 2022 FIFA World Cup host nation proved too strong and more clinical for them as two Almoez Ali goals separated the sides.
Saudi Arabia’s prize to finish the group at 2nd is a clash against one of the hot favorites for the tournament.
Recent form (Last six matches)
Japan – W D W W W W
Saudi Arabia – W L W W W L
JPN vs SAU Dream11 TEAM NEWS: Injuries and Suspensions
Japan vs Saudi Arabia Team News:
Injured – Shoya Nakajima and Hidemasa Morita both pulled out of the squad with leg injuries before the tournament and were replaced by Tsukasa Shiotani and Takashi Inui.
Suspended – None.
Questionable – Yuyo Osako started the tournament with two goals in his first game against Turkmenistan. But the 28-year-old forward, who plays club football for Werder Bremen, has missed the last two games with an injury. He remains questionable ahead of this match.
Note: As many as 10 changes were made by Japan in the last match. However, expect the four-time Asian Champions to field their strongest XI with the likes of Ritsu Doan, Genki Haraguchi, and Yuto Nagatomo all coming straight into the starting XI.
Key Players – Haraguchi, Takumi
Injured – None.
Suspended – Al-Dawsari missed the last game due to suspension but he is eligible to start against Japan and will do so.
Questionable – None at the moment.
Note: Despite losing the last match against rivals Qatar, manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is not expected to make too many changes. However, the midfield could see some adjustments as Dawsari will definitely start while Al-Bishi is another player who is pushing for start in the center of the field.
Key Players – F. Al-Muwallad, S. Al-Dawsari
JPN vs SAU Dream11 Playing 11 – (Probable) –
Japan– S. Gonda (GK), H. Sakai, T. Tomiyasu, M. Yoshida, Y. Nagatomo, W. Endo, G. Shibasaki, G. Heraguchi, M. Takumi, R. Doan, K. Kitagawa
Saudi Arabia– M. Al Owais (GK), H. Al Shamrani, M. Al-Fatil, A. Al Bulaihi, M. Al-Berik, A. Otayf, Y. Al-Shehri, H. Al-Mogahwi, S. Al-Dawsari, H. Bahbri, F. Al-Muwallad
JPN vs SAU Dream11 FANTASY TEAM:
INDIA FANTASY PREDICTION:
Having made a host of changes in the last group game match, Japan still managed to win a 2-1 win over Uzbekistan. It shows the depth the four-time Asian Champions boast in their squad. But the real battle starts now as this is the knockout stage, one mistake can prove fatal for any team.
Japan are one of the favorites for the competition, and they should at least make it to the semifinals this time around.
A win for Japan is our call.
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