There will be a huge match in the third round of AFC World Cup qualifiers on Thursday as Japan will try to secure the qualifying spots in Group B. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia will try to keep their form and get a third straight win.
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Saudi Arabia was in excellent form in the third round of World Cup qualifiers in Group B as they are one of three teams in AFC qualifiers having won both group matches they have played so far. Meanwhile, Japan will have to improve if they are to reach Qatar, having won just one of the two matches they have played.
Saudi Arabia will be looking for their second consecutive World Cup final and their sixth overall. They did not make it out of the group stage in Russia three years ago, but have shown excellent form in the two matches they have played in qualifying so far.
They made it a second straight win on the bounce in their last game, beating Oman 1-0. That result means they have now scored a total of four goals, but their chances of reaching Qatar are likely to be decided over the course of this international match, with tough games against China and Australia following this match.
Japan remains hopeful of reaching the World Cup final. They are currently fourth and level with Oman who is in the spot advancing to the fourth round. Japan is also three points behind the top two teams, but an inferior goal difference means that a win alone probably won’t be enough to see them move into second place. Japan last time won their first game in Group B, beating China 1-0.
Saudi Arabia vs Japan Head to Head
Saudi Arabia has won five of the 16 matches they have played against Japan, while the Japanese have won ten. However, three of the four previous matches between the sides have been won by Saudi Arabia. Their most recent success came in January 2019.
Saudi Arabia vs Japan Prediction
Saudi Arabia has a fine recent record against Japan and was in excellent form in the opening rounds of the Group B matches. We expect them to maintain that form with another win on Thursday.
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