Kick-off: 1200, 06/08/2021
Stadium: Saitama Stadium
Japan were beaten in the 2012 bronze medal match but are fancied to edge out Mexico on home turf in this summer’s third-place play-off.
Both teams narrowly failed to upset the odds at the semi-final stage and we just feel the hosts may now be more fired up for this contest.
Punters can get 33/20 for them to prevail in normal time and that is our first Japan vs Mexico prediction.
A Look At Japan’s Betting Odds
Japan needed penalties to scrape past New Zealand after a goalless stalemate and then lost 1-0 to Spain in extra-time.
However, they had previously impressed during the group stage and can hopefully now recapture that sparkle with some of the pressure off.
They beat South Africa 1-0 and France 4-0 either side of a 2-1 triumph over their next opponents at this venue.
Real Madrid prospect Takefusa Kubo netted in all of those games and PSV playmaker Ritsu Doan also impressed.
With former Southampton defender Maya Yoshida a steadying influence at the back, this is a well-balanced team.
Hajime Moriyasu’s side were 2-0 up inside a dozen minutes when these sides met before, so Japan vs Mexico odds.
A Look At Mexico’s Betting Odds
Mexico claimed gold in London nine years ago and have generally been good to watch in Tokyo.
El Tri beat France 4-1 and South Africa 3-0 in Group A and then saw off South Korea 6-3 in a Yokohama classic.
Sebastian Cordova and Henry Martin both had three goals at that point and Brazil were then held to a 0-0 draw in the semis.
However, Eduardo Aguirre had his penalty saved and Johan Vasquez hit the post as the Selecao advanced.
It has been a good effort from a squad made up almost entirely of home-based players but a lack of big-match experience has told.
We’re taking 15/4 for the hosts to oblige and both teams to score to finish off our Japan vs Mexico betting tips.
JAPAN 0-1 Spain (AET)
MEXICO 0-0 Brazil (AET, 1-4 on pens)
Head-to-head: Japan 2-1 Mexico
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