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​International Friendly -- Japan vs USA Game Preview

​International Friendly -- Japan vs USA Game Preview


With Friday's match between Japan and the USA, the World Cup will begin in less than two months.


Japan placed second in a group that included Saudi Arabia and Australia, two nations who, along with Japan, are qualified for the World Cup. Japan are now the top-ranked team in Asia. Their defense is among the stingiest in Asia, having allowed only six goals in total in the second and third rounds of 2022 qualification. They have only lost one of their previous six games across all competitions.

International Friendly -- Japan vs USA Game Preview


USA were third in the Octagon, behind Canada and Mexico, not exactly having the most outstanding qualification run. They won the CONCACAF Nations League and Gold Cup championships under his direction in 2021. The Americans entered this friendly having lost only once in their previous eight games across all competitions, while also recording five shutouts during that time.


The Japanese had gone on a six-game winning streak and USA went on a nine-game winning streak. They consistently found the back of the net throughout this run as well. This weekend's goals are likely to come from either end of the field.

Pick: BTTS