Japan stormed to a seventh successive World Cup finals with an impressive qualifying record. Hajime Moriyasu’s side finished top of their second-round group, scoring 46 goals and winning all eight of their matches. They then finished second in their third-round group to clinch automatic qualification. The Samurai Blue hope to reach the knockout rounds for the fourth time in seven tournaments. But with Spain, Germany and Costa Rica also in Group E, the odds are against the four-time Asian Cup winners, according to the World Cup Betting.
If Japan are to upset the odds and go deep into the competition, they need big performances from their star players. Captain Maya Yoshida is their rock at the back, while the onus for goals will be on Takumi Minamino and Yuya Osako – both netted ten times each in qualifying. Fancy the Japanese to go all the way in Qatar? Bet on Japan at the 2022 World Cup with BetVictor.