As the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup-Canada move into the Semifinals we have Japan playing England on Wednesday the 1st of July 2015 at the Commonwealth Stadium in Edmonton, Canada and can be seen on Fox S1.
The oddsmakers have Japan favored at ‘Even’ on the Money Line with the under 2 -115 and –1/2 Even on the Goal Line, while England is +325 and +1/2 -130 on the Goal Line.
The Japanese team was able to continue their winning streak in this tournament, now at 8 matches that included a 1 goal victory over Australia on Saturday the 27th of June 2015. The Japan team is called the Nadeshiko is seeking to hold on to their unbeaten streak on Wednesday the 1st of July when they face the English women in an exciting semifinal game in Edmonton.
For the fans of Japan that Bet on Soccer and if you use SBG sportsbook your team is seeking back to back Victories at this 2015 World Cup-Canada after they almost got beat by Australia on Saturday but squeaked out a win of 1-0! The victory goal was made by M. Iwabuchi for the reigning champs as they stay at 100% wins for the tournament to date. The goal by the 22 year old Iwabuchi was made at the 87th minute after teammate A. Iwashimizu had her shot blocked, to be made then at close range by Iwabuchi.
This seems to be a Japanese team that is strong on defense since this is their 5th victory to date that they won by just 1 goal. That coupled with their depth in their roster as 7 different players have scored for the Japanese team in the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup-Canada.
To date Japan has played possession game and to beat England they need to continue that trend, as in their game with Australia some 60% of the game time, and had a shot at goal advantage of 15-8 on their attempts.
As we mentioned earlier, their defense will play an important role in their road to becoming the champions for the 2nd consecutive year. To date their defense in this tournament in 5 games have allowed their opponents a total of 2 goals. But in this game they must beware as the England team has to date scored an incredible 8 goals.
For the fans who will bet on England, your team made it to these semifinals of this tournament for the 1st time ever, as the battled to beat Canada 2-1 this past Saturday the 27th of June 2015. The England team is called the ‘Lionesses’ and in that game started with L. Bronze and J. Taylor fast and furious and scored goals in the 1st 15 minutes of the game, which was enough for England to win a move on to this semifinal match with Japan.
The main key to England’s success in this tournament to date has been their great offensive roster, that actually had a bad start as they lost their 1st game to France, but was able to come back and score 2 goals or more in their next 4 games. Their star has been L. Bronze who is the 1st Women from England to score 2 times in the knockout round of a World Cup Tournament.
But for England to overcome the reigning champs Japan on their back line, and that is even as the Lionesses were outshot by the Canadians with 14-8 attempts in that quarterfinal game, but were able to survive with their stubborn defense and controlled their opponents attacks.
Yes, the England women come into this semifinal game as the underdogs, but they are pleased with their previous record against Japan as to date they are 1 win 0 losses and 1 tie in the World Cup Games. However, the experts predict that Japan will eke out the win at 1-0 over the Lionesses.