Japan is all set to face Saudi Arabia in the Asian qualifiers for the World Cup 2022 in Saitama, Japan.
Saudi Arabia kept their four point lead over Japan at the top of Group B in the Asian World Cup 2022 qualifiers with a 1-0 win over Oman.
With three games to go the Saudis need just one win to guarantee an automatic slot in Qatar at the end of the year. However, two of those games are against their closest rivals, Japan and Australia, who both won last night.
Saudi Arabia now travel to Saitama for the crunch tie against Japan on Tuesday. A draw would open the door for Australia to go into an automatic qualifying positions and just a game behind the Saudis, assuming they beat Oman. Beating Oman will effectively end Oman’s hopes of qualifying for the inter-continental play-off.
Japan has also come off from a very good victory against China, beating them 2-0.
Japan did not have to wait too long to take control of their game against China, taking the lead on 13 minutes with a Yuya Osako penalty before a header from Junya Ito sealed the win just before the hour mark.
They have been a very strong team, explaining their second position on the table. They are one of the best football teams in Asia. It should not be very difficult for them to qualify for the World Cup.
They have also previously hosted the World Cup in 2002.
After a poor start to qualifying this was Japan’s fourth consecutive win.
Saudi Arabia have taken another huge step towards a successive World Cup appearance and, with that vital cushion of four points still in place, the Green Falcons’ focus turns to Japan and a huge game on Tuesday.
What Time is The Match?
The match will be played on 1 Feb 2022 at 10:10 UTC at Saitama Stadium 2002 stadium, Saitama city, Japan.
Where Will the Match Stream?
The intense game will be streamed live on Paramount+, Premier Sports 1, FUBO Network, beIN Sport Connect, Sky Sport 7 and SportsMax.
Head to Head
Japan has lost 1-0 to Saudi Arabia in a match in this tournament before.
Saudi Arabia is expected to defeat Japan as they are table-top right now. One more victory and they get their golden ticket to Qatar.
Our Prediction: Japan 1-3 Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia: Win-Win-Draw-Win-Win