Women’s World Cup Japan vs. Netherlands

soccer net on fieldOn Tuesday the 23rd of June 2016 we will see another great soccer match-up for the 2015 Women’s World Cup 2015 as the Japanese team takes on the Netherlands at the BC Place Stadium in Vancouver, Canada at 7 PM ET.

The early betting odds are favoring the Japan team at -130 on the Money Line with the Total 2 over -145 and -1/2 -130 on the Goal Line, while the Netherlands team is +375 on the Money Line and +1/2 Ev on the Goal Line with the Draw at +245.

This has been a great run for the Japan’s Women’s team in this 2015 WCC Canada as they increased their winning streak to six as the beat Ecuador this past Tuesday, and now the seek to continue their winning ways when the Nedeshiko (as they are called in Japan) on the 23rd of June in this Round of 16 game.

If you watch for early odds and Bet on Soccer at a online sportsbook then your know Japan is the defending Champions and are unbeaten to date as the beat Ecuador 1-0 in their last group game, as U. Ogimi scored the for Japan, who now is the 1st team having won all three of their Group Games to date in this 2015 Tournament. Even as the Japanese team has won all its games, their wins were not convincing victories.

If Japan is to win this match-up the need to have ball possession to control the game, and that along with a strong defense will be a key to Japan’s desire to repeat as World Champions in 2015. To date they have had only 36 shot attempts by opponents with just 8 shots on goal.

For the fans of the Netherlands team, the quest for a 1st World Title is still a possibility, even after their 1-1 tie with Canada in their last game of the group. Their star in that game was K. Van de Ven, off the bench and she scored the tile goal in minute 87 of the game. That goal and win for the Netherlands brought them to this knockout stage of the 2015 WWC-Canada.

The Netherlands team, know in their country as the Oranje Leeuwinnen are sure the games will not be getting an easier in this tournament, as now the come up against the defending WWC Champions Japan, and to defeat the Japanese team the will need the same performance from their midfielders that dominated Canada in their last game of the group. In that game they controlled possession for 54% of the game against the host country Canada.

For this Dutch team to beat Japan and move in to the group 8, they will need for their defense to cease the offensive attack of Japan, and that starts with a solid performance from their goaltenders in L. Gurts and S. Veenendaal who thus far have played well and have been good shot stoppers in this World Cup, with some 17 stops in the 1st three games.

Their defense for the most part have played superb as to date in the tournament they have only given up 2 goals to the opponents. Also the backline of the defense has blocked a total of 8 shots to date.

However, the media experts are predicting the Japan team to beat the Netherlands 2-0 and move on to the Quarterfinals of this WWC-Canada 2015.