Japan vs England, Wednesday’s match for the last round of Group D of the Women’s World Cup 2019 at the Allianz Riviera stadium in Nice, France.
Japan’s recent performance
The Japanese can look up, down or simply do not leave their place in the last round of the qualifying round of the Women’s World Cup. After the disappointing scoreless draw against Argentina in their opening game and a 2-1 success against Scotland on Matchday 2, a new success would give them the first place in the group.
A draw would be enough for Japan to advance in second place, although this could happen even in the event of defeat. However, to do so, we must hope that Argentina does not pass Scotland. Even in a scenario of defeat of the Japanese by minimal margin and success of the Argentines by the tightest score second place would be guaranteed.
The tranquility of Asians is guaranteed even in the worst case scenario. Even if they lose the second place to Argentina, the four points they have won so far ensure that they will be among the four best placed third places and, thus, can participate in the quarterfinals.
The current form of England
Although they have found it difficult to overcome Scotland’s defensive systems, which they beat 2-1 at the opening, and Argentina, who beat 1-0 at the Women’s World Cup, end in an extremely comfortable situation.
Not only is England qualified as they can even choose their opponent in the next stage. Confirming the first place, in case of a new win or even draw, will face a team selected in the playoff among the third placed.
If they lose to the Japanese, the English will face the champion of the group E. The position will be set on Thursday, June 20, in the duel between the Netherlands and Canada. This possibility will allow the technical committee to establish the degree of risk they wish to take by saving a larger or smaller number of athletes in order to preserve them for the next stage.
Final prediction for Japan vs. England
The draw seems to be a tailor-made result for the two teams. It ensures them in viable clashes for the quarterfinals, avoids bigger risks and opens the possibility of even saving the teams on Wednesday. Thus the prognosis in equality seems to be the best option for the duel between Japan and England by the third round of the first phase of the World Cup of France Women’s Football.