Japan U23 will face Spain U23 in the semi-finals of the men’s Olympic football tournament. The winner of the tie proceeds to the final of the tournament, to play against either Mexico or Brazil.
The Japan vs Spain game will take place on 3 August 2021, Tuesday, starting at 11:00 a.m. GMT. The match venue is Saitama Stadium in Tokyo.
Match predictions and betting tips for Japan vs Spain (August 3) are analyzed in this article apace with the latest betting odds, key stats and the projected starting lineup of each team.
Japan vs Spain (August 3) latest odds on betting sites
Japan has its odds of winning placed at 3.75 (+275 American; 11/4 Fractional). The odds for Spain to win the match are 2.05 (+105; 21/20) while the odds of a draw are 3.20 (+220; 11/5). The chances of these outcomes are as follows: Japan — 26%, draw — 29%, Spain — 45%
Latest betting odds on Japan vs Spain (3 August 2021):
- Over 2.5 goals — 2.10 (+110; 11/10)
- Under 2.5 goals — 1.71 (-140; 5/7)
- Asian handicap (+0.5) on Japan — 1.675 (-148; 35/50)
- Asian handicap (-0.5) on Spain — 2.15 (+115; 23/20)
- Both teams to score (Yes) — 1.90 (-110; 10/11)
- Both teams to score (No) — 1.90 (-110; 10/11)
Japan vs Spain (August 3) match preview and stats
Japan reached the semi-final of the men’s Olympic football competition for the first time since the 2012 London Olympics. The only medal they have is a bronze from the 1968 Mexico Games, so their quest for Olympic gold continues.
Japan beat New Zealand U23 (4-2) in the penalty shootout to qualify for the semi-final. Both teams played 0-0 for 120 minutes before the winner was decided with a penalty shootout.
Before the knockouts, Japan had a 100% record in the group stage winning all their 3 matches. They topped the group with 9 points, scored 7 goals and conceded just once. Real Madrid’s youngster Takefusa Kubo has been key to Japan’s success so far and scored in all their group matches. Kubo is ready to lead his country to the finals.
Japan Olympic team news: Takehiro Tomiyasu is suspended from the game for accumulation of cards, while Hiroki Sakai will be back from suspension for the game.
Spain beat Ivory Coast U23 with a 5-2 (AET) scoreline to seal its semi-finals spot. The Spaniards were on the verge of missing out before a late equaliser from Rafa Mir in the 93rd minute which sent the game into extra time.
Spain went ahead to score 3 more goals which gave them the win. Mikel Oyarzabal converted a penalty in the 98th minute to give them the lead, and Rafa Mir bagged a hattrick scoring 2 more goals in 117th and 121st minutes. La Roja hopes to win their second gold medal.
Spain Olympic team news: Oscar Mingueza and Dani Ceballos are unavailable due to injuries. Oscar Gil is back from suspension and will be available for the game.
Both sides have gone head-to-head once. They clashed in the group stage of the 2012 London Olympics. Japan won the game 1-0.
Japan vs Spain (August 3) key players and lineups
Japan projected starting lineup:
- Kosei Tani
- Hiroki Sakai
- Ko Itakura
- Maya Yoshida
- Reo Hatate
- Wataru Endo
- Ao Tanaka
- Ritsu Doan
- Takefusa Kubo
- Kaoru Mitoma
- Ayase Ueda
Player to watch out for in the Japanese squad is Takefusa Kubo. Kubo had 7.4 ratings from the last game. He has been very essential for the team right from the group stage. Japan will need Kubo in his best form ahead of the clash.
Spain projected starting lineup:
- Unai Simon
- Pau Torres
- Eric Garcia
- Marc Cucurella
- Oscar Gil
- Martin Zubimendi
- Mikel Merino
- Pedri Gonzalez
- Rafa Mir
- Dani Olmo
- Mikel Oyarzabal
Mikel Oyarzabal is a player to watch out for. Oyarzabal scored 1 goal and provided 1 assist in the last game. He had an 8.9 rating.
Japan vs Spain (August 3) betting tips and prediction
Spain has always shown sheer dominance in all of the games they’ve played. The game against Ivory Coast shows how crazy their mentality is. When the possible starting lineup of both teams is compared, La Roja’s is stronger at least on paper. Their squad depth is a good addition for them. It’s likely both teams will score, but Spain has a high chance of getting the win.
Betting prediction: Spain to win
Odds: 2.05 (+105 American; 21/20 Fractional)