Colombia vs. Japan: Can the Samurais Avenge 2014’s Loss?

Posted by: Mike Davis
Colombia vs. Japan - World Cup Betting Preview

After waiting 4 long years, sportsbook players can finally bet on the World Cup. This year’s tournament is delivering plenty of bombshells at every turn, leaving us on the edge of the seats. The thrilling action will continue this Tuesday with an enticing Colombia vs. Japan matchup. Let’s check on the 4 team parlay odds to see what kind of matchup we can expect.

2018 World Cup – Colombia vs. Japan – Tuesday, June 19th    

When: 8:00 am ET

Where: Mordovia Arena, Saransk, Mordovia, Russia

TV: Fox Sports 1

Stream: Fox Sports Go

Bet on the World Cup Odds:

Colombia -½ (-138) 2 (-106) -136
Japan +½ (+123) 2 (-109) +492
Colombia/Japan Draw +255
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James Rodriguez exploded onto the scene at the 2014 World Cup. Subsequently, players who bet on the World Cup are paying special attention to the Colombian this time around, patiently awaiting some magic. Unfortunately for them, it’s looking like Rodriguez will not be playing in their World Cup opener versus Japan. Currently listed as doubtful, there’s a slight chance the star cracks the starting rotation. Jaime delivered 6 goals through 5 matches at the 2014 World Cup. With that in mind, it’s safe to say that we all want him in the starting rotation. Well, everyone except maybe the Japanese.

Players to Watch: James Rodriguez (Bayern Munich), Radamel Falcao (Monaco), and Carlos Sanchez (Fiorentina).


Since Colombia manhandled Japan in 2014, beating them 4-1, there’s no question they have their eye on some revenge. Judging by the odds, World Cup odds makers don’t think Japan will be able to get it. All in all Japan, who is ranked 61st in FIFA World Rankings, will be looking to topple the 16th best team in the rankings. Obviously Rodriguez’ absence would be a win for the Japanese. However, even if he is absent, Japan will need plenty of help toppling Colombia. The Japanese use a slash and has style of attack that looks to use their quickness to create scoring opportunities. Ultimately Colombia has the defensive prowess to combat this effectively.

Players to Watch: Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Takuma Asano (Stuttgart), and Genki Haraguchi (Fortuna Dusseldorf).

Colombia vs. Japan || World Cup Betting Predictions


  • Colombia is 2-1-2 SU in their last 5 games
  • Colombia has scored 8 goals in their last 5 games
  • The Colombians have allowed 4 goals in their last 5 games
  • Japan is 1-3-1 SU in their last 5 games
  • Japan has scored 6 goals in their last 5 games
  • The Japanese have allowed 9 goals in their last 5 games
Colombia vs. Japan || World Cup Betting Picks

So which side should sportsbook bettors favor in this Colombia vs. Japan World Cup betting matchup? All in all it’s probably best to stick with Colombia here. The odds aren’t favoring them all that heavily, making them a great option straight up.  Sign up today to make your World Cup prediction!

Score Prediction: 2-1 Colombia. The Colombians will cover the spread and the TOTAL will go OVER for this matchup.