Japan – Panama SOCCER PICKS
Japan and Panama meet at Denka Big Swan Stadium, in a friendly match. This is the 7th friendly match of the year for Japan, after friendlies against Costa Rica, Paraguay, Switzerland, Ghana, Ukraine and Mali. In the case of Panama, this is his 7th friendly of the year, after previous friendly matches against Venezuela, Norway, Northern Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago, Switzerland and Denmark. These two teams have never faced each other before, so this will be their first direct confrontation. In this game the home factor may be decisive, since both teams present considerable differences in the results achieved at home and as a visitor.
The team of the house disputes its 7th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: Japan (3-0) Costa Rica, Japan (4-2) Paraguay, Switzerland (2-0) Japan, Japan (0-2) Ghana, Japan (1-2) Ukraine and Japan (1-1) Mali. This is a team that usually gets better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 4 draws and 4 losses in away matches, with 26 goals scored and 12 conceded; against 6 wins, 4 draws and 5 losses at their stadium, with 24 goals scored and 23 suffered. In the last 5 home matches for Japan, Japan have 2 wins, 1 draw and 2 losses. Defensive consistency has not been their best feature, as they have conceded goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their home matches there is a tendency for goals, since in 16 of the last 18 matches there were Over 1,5 goals and in 12 of the last 18 there were Over 2,5 goals. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
Japan enters this game motivated, after a 3-0 triumph in a friendly against Costa Rica. The Japanese usually act in a 4-4-2, favoring a faster style of play, channeling their game through the side runners. In this tactical design, the two players usually chosen to act in the line of attack are Kobayashi and Minamino. Even so, for being a friendly match, it is guessed that the coach of Japan chooses to give an opportunity to less used players.
This is the 7th friendly match of the year for the visiting team, after previous friendlies in which they registered the following results: Panama (0-2) Venezuela, Norway (1-0) Panama, Panama (0-0) Northern Ireland, Trinidad and Tobago (0-1) Panama, Switzerland (6-0) Panama and Denmark (1-0) Panama. This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 2 wins, 3 draws and 10 losses in away matches; against 7 wins, 5 draws and 3 losses at their stadium. In the last 4 games they played as visitors for the Friendlies, Panama won 1 and lost 3. Their attack needs improving, since they have not scored goals in 5 of the last 6 matches for this competition. In their away matches there is a tendency for few goals, since 8 of the last 16 matches have ended with Under 1,5 goals and 10 out of 16 have ended with Under 2,5 goals. In 15 games, they suffered the first goal 9 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Panama enters this unmotivated match, after a rebuff, by 0-2, in a friendly against Venezuela. So, the foreign formation seems to go through a bad time, since it counts five consecutive defeats. The visiting team usually acts in a 4-4-2, favoring a slower and organized game. For this, you can count on the completion capacity of Torres and Blackburn. Of note that the selection of Panama presents many weaknesses in all processes.