JPN vs VEN Dream11: Japan are the most in-form team in Asia at the moment and will look to keep the momentum going when Venezuela pays them a visit for an International Friendly fixture.
Following a dominating 0-2 win away at Kyrgyzstan, the Blue Samurai maintained its 100% start in the 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign, while extending their winning streak to five games in all competitions. More importantly, they won all those games without conceding a goal.
That said, Venezuela will be a tough nut to crack for the home team as the visitors are in good form, having won the last two games by a combined six goals while losing just once in the last 8 matches.
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Japan are without a defeat in the previous four games against Venezuela but have just one win in those fixtures.
Competition: International Friendly
Match Timing: November 19, @ 03:55 PM
Match Venue: Panasonic Stadium Suita
With both the teams in good scoring touch, there is a good value for either team to find the back of the net here, while Japan have high odds of winning this game.
Here are the odds:
Japan to win: 9/10 (1.9) | Probability to happen: 52.63%
Draw: 9/4 (3.25) | Probability to happen: 30.77%
A win for Venezuela: 5/2 (3.5) | Probability to happen: 28.57%
Both teams to score: 8/10 (1.83) | Probability to happen: 54.64%
Solomon Rondon has scored three goals in the last two games for Venezuela.
Japan's hots-hot Takumi Minamino is a good option in your Dream11 team. The 24-year-old Red Bull Salzburg striker has six goals in his last five games for Japan.
Darwin Machís will be worth keeping an eye on here. He has been superb for Granada this season and will cause trouble for the host team.
Japan's Genki Haraguchi is a threat all day long from midfield.
Japan team news:
Japan head coach Hajime Moriyasu didn't include any under-22 player on his squad for the November fixture, including Real Madrid wonder-kid Takefusa Kubo who is on loan at RCD Mallorca. Moriyasu also overlooked Yuya Osako as the Werder Bremen star returned only recently from a long injury layoff.
As this is a friendly game, changes are expected from both sides. Defensive midfielder Hotaru Yamaguchi and center-back Sho Sasaki will be looking for a start here.
Oita Trinita striker Ado Onaiwu has been included in the squad and is expected to start the game.
Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima, Shuichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt
Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Sho Sasaki, Hiroki Sakai, Sei Muroya, Naomichi Ueda, Koki Anzai, Shinnosuke Hatanaka
Midfielders: Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Gaku Shibasaki, Wataru Endo, Junya Ito, Kento Hashimoto, Shoya Nakajima, Takuma Asano, Takumi Minamino, Daichi Kamada
Forwards: Kensuke Nagai, Musashi Suzuki
Venezuela team news:
Venezuela are without center-back Jhon Chancellor and midfielder Junior Moreno due to injury.
Goalkeeper: Wuilker Faríñez, Rafael Romo
Defenders: Roberto Rosales, Mikel Villanueva, Wilker Ángel, Rolf Feltscher, Ronald Hernández, Yordan Osorio, Nahuel Ferraresi, Gabriel Benítez, Williams Velásquez
Midfielders: Tomás Rincón, Rómulo Otero, Jhon Murillo, Juan Pablo, Yangel Herrera, Yeferson Soteldo, Jefferson Savarino, Renzo Zambrano, Bernaldo Manzano
Forwards: Salomón Rondón, Darwin Machís, Fernando Aristeguieta, Andrés Ponce
Japan: Shuichi Gonda (GK), Sei Muroya, Naomichi Ueda, Genta Miura, Shinnosuke Hatanaka, Gaku Shibasaki, Takuma Asano, Genki Haraguchi, Shoya Nakajima, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Kensuke Nagai / Ado Onaiwu
Venezuela: Wuilker Fariñez (GK), Roberto Rosales, Wilker Ángel, Mikel Villanueva, Ronald Hernández, Tomás Rincón, Yangel Herrera, Rómulo Otero, Jhon Murillo, Darwin Machís, Salomón Rondón
Goalkeeper: Wuilker Faríñez
Defenders: Rosales, Osorio, Hatanaka, Ueda
Mid: Shibasaki, Haraguchi (C), Herrera, Rincon
Attack: Suzuki, Rondon (VC)
As discussed above, both the teams have a good record in the last few months, but we back Japan to at least avoid the defeat in front of their own fans.