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Japan vs Tajikistan Predictions & Tips - Can Tajikistan keep it close in the AFC World Cup qualifiers?
- Japan vs Tajikistan predictions for Monday’s World Cup qualifier
- The match is being played at 11.30am BST at Panasonic Stadium Suita
- Japan have won to nil in their last 6 World Cup qualifiers
- I am backing Japan to win to nil
- Preview, predictions, stats, squads & team news
Yuya Osako has scored 8 goals in his last 2 matches for Japan (Getty Images)
Japan vs Tajikistan Predictions
Japan humiliated Mongolia and Myanmar in the World Cup qualifiers and are playing with plenty of confidence. They should have no problems beating Tajikistan in Suita.
- Japan have won 9 of their last 10 home matches (World Cup qualifiers).
- Japan have won to nil in their last 6 matches (World Cup qualifiers).
- Japan have won by 6+ goals in their last 2 home matches (World Cup qualifiers).
- Japan have won by 10+ goals in their last 2 matches (World Cup qualifiers).
- Japan have won by 3+ goals in their last 3 matches against Tajikistan (World Cup qualifiers).
- Japan won 8-0 in their last home match against Tajikistan (World Cup qualifiers).
Head to Head
Japan have a 3-0 advantage against Tajikistan.
They have all come in the World Cup qualifiers. Japan won 8-0 and 4-0 in 2011 and won 3-0 in Tajikistan in the latest encounter in 2019.
Japan have completely dominated Group F in the AFC World Cup qualifiers. They have won their first six games, scoring 37 goals without conceding.
Hajime Moriyasu’s side warmed up for the current round with a 3-0 win against Korea Republic in an international friendly.
The Samurai Blue got back to World Cup qualification with two thumping wins.
Japan beat Mongolia 14-0 with Yuya Osako hitting a hat-trick. They beat Myanmar 10-0 on Friday with Osako scoring 5 goals.
Japan Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Eiji Kawashima, Shūichi Gonda, Daniel Schmidt, Kosuke Nakamura
Defenders: Yuto Nagatomo, Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda, Sei Muroya, Sho Sasaki, Shogo Taniguchi, Ryoya Ogawa, Miki Yamane, Shinnosuke Nakatani
Midfielders: Genki Haraguchi, Takumi Minamino, Junya Ito, Daichi Kamada, Kento Hashimoto, Hidemasa Morita, Kyogo Furuhashi, Hayao Kawabe, Tatsuhiro Sakamoto
Forwards: Yuya Osako, Takuma Asano, Ado Onaiwu
Yuya Osako is on fire with 8 goals in Japan’s last two matches. He has now scored 23 goals in 49 internationals.
Hajime Moriyasu could make some changes here with finishing top of Group F guaranteed.
Tajikistan have a good chance to reach the third round of AFC qualifying. They have 10 points from six matches and are three points clear of Kyrgyzstan who have a game in hand.
The Persian Lions played their last World Cup qualifier in March. They beat Mongolia 3-0 in Dushanbe with Manuchekhr Dzhalilov, Alisher Dzhalilov and Shakhrom Samiev on target.
Usmon Toshev’s side have played two friendlies in May, a 0-0 draw against Iraq and 2-2 draw against Thailand.
Tajikistan Squad & Team News
Goalkeepers: Rustam Yatimov, Shokhrukh Kirgizboev, Mukhriddin Khasanov
Defenders: Davron Ergashev, Manuchehr Safarov, Vahdat Hanonov, Akhtam Nazarov, Tabrezi Davlatmir, Zoir Juraboev, Karomatullozoda Alidzhoni
Midfielders: Komron Tursunov, Abdulmumin Zabirov, Muhammadjon Rakhimov, Ehson Panjshanbe, Parvizdzhon Umarbayev, Alisher Dzhalilov, Ilhomjon Barotov, Islom Zoirov, Aliçoni Ajni, Khusrav Toirov
Forwards: Rustam Soirov, Sheriddin Boboev, Manuchekhr Dzhalilov, Shahrom Samiyev, Nuriddin Khamrokulov
Istiklol striker Manuchekhr Dzhalilov has scored 18 goals in 36 internationals and will carry the goal threat up front.
Defenders Davron Ergashev and Akhtam Nazarov provide experience with over 50 caps each.