Japan vs Costa Rica: Predictions, tips & betting odds
Japan face Costa Rica in Group B on Sunday with the Asian side hoping to book their place in the last 16 with a victory.
Hajime Moriyasu's men earned a famous win against Germany in their first game in the competition, while Los Ticos were thrashed 7-0 by Spain to leave their tournament hopes hanging by a shred.
Japan vs Costa Rica latest odds
Japan are overwhelming favourites to claim three points and are offered at just 4/9 (1.44) with bet365.
The Central American side have not won any of their last seven matches inside 90 minutes at the World Cup and are priced at 7/1 (8.00) while the draw is priced at 10/3 (4.33).
Japan vs Costa Rica first goal scorer odds
Takuma Asano is the favourite to open the scoring at 4/1 (5.00) and the forward who plays for Bochum in the Bundesliga scored the winning goal against Germany on Wednesday.
Ritsu Doan who also scored against Germany and also plays in the Bundesliga for Freiburg is available at 11/2 (6.50) the same price as Celtic striker Daizan Maeda.
For Los Ticos, the shortest priced player to score first is Anthony Contreras at 11/1 (12.00).
Japan vs Costa Rica preview
Costa Rica were desperately poor against Spain and failed to make life remotely difficult for the 2010 world champions.
Japan do not have as much quality as La Roja but they are a technically gifted side with some excellent attacking players, and they will be confident of claiming another win.
Costa Rica have conceded at least two goals in each of their last three World Cup games and their ageing squad does not seem capable of coping with the quality of opponent in Group E.
Japan vs Costa Rica tips and predictions
Japan are offered at 4/6 (1.66) to score over 1.5 goals while backing them to score in both halves at 6/4 (2.50) could also offer value.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.