The ultimate clash of the 2019 Women’s World Cup Round of 16 will see Netherlands taking on Japan at Roazhon Park in Rennes, France, Tuesday, June 25, 2019. Holland is a firm -250 favorite to reach the quarterfinals, but Japan is a defending vice-champion and won’t go away so easy, for sure.
Netherlands vs. Japan
Three-way: 1: Netherlands -120; X: +240 Draw; 2: Japan +330
Spread -0.5: Netherlands -120; Japan +100
Total 2.5 Goals: Over +105; Under -135
Both Teams to Score: Yes -111; No -125
The Orange topped the Group E with maximum nine points out of three rounds and a 6:2 goal difference. They outlasted New Zealand 1-0 in the opener and easily defeated Cameroon 3-1 in the second round, while Holland barely overcame Canada 2-1 in the third round to clinch the top spot and set up a clash with Japan in the knockout stage.
Forwards Vivianne Miedema (78 caps, 60 goals) and Lieke Martens (106 caps, 42 goals) are leading the way for the Orange, and this attacking duo will be a huge threat for Japan’s defense. Miedema scored a couple of goals against Cameroon, while Martens is still looking for her first goal at this tournament. Sherida Spitse (165 caps, 30 goals) and Danielle van de Donk (92 caps, 16 goals) are key players in the middle of the park, while Anouk Dekker (79 caps, 7 goals) leads the defensive line.
- Netherlands won six straight games
- Four of Netherlands’ last five contests saw three or more goals in the total
- Both teams scored in three of Netherlands’ last nine outings
Japan finished the group stage at the second spot of the Group D table with four points and a 2:3 goal difference. After a disappointing nil-nil draw with Argentina in the opener, Asako Takakura’s girls defeated Scotland 2-1 in the second round to clinch their place in the knockout phase. In the third round, Japan was helpless against England, losing 2-0.
Forwards Yuika Sugasawa (66 caps, 19 goals) and Mana Iwabuchi (64 caps, 21 goals) both scored a goal each in Japan’s victory over Scotland, while winger Jun Endo (8 caps) made one assist. The captain Saki Kumagai (107 caps) is a crucial player at the back, and she’s the only girl in this team who performs in Europa. Japan came to France as a defending vice-champion, but there are a lot of young girls in this team who didn’t play in 2015.
- Japan won only one of its last seven games along with three losses and three draws
- Seven of Japan’s last ten games saw three or more goals in the total
- Both teams scored in seven of Japan’s last ten outings
Netherlands has been playing very well lately, riding a six-game winning streak and winning ten of its last 14 games overall. On the other side, Japan has performed poorly in friendly games ahead of the World Cup, and the reigning vice-champion showed a lot of flaws in its game over the last two weeks.
Hereof, I’m backing Netherlands to win this game. The Orange possess a few top-notch players at the front, so I expect them to score at least a couple of goals. If you prefer betting on the totals, lay the odds on the over.
The Pick: Netherlands (-120)
Additional Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (+105)