Japan vs Australia: After a month, World Cup Qualifier starts tonight, Japan meets Australia in the today’s Qualifier third round match. Both the teams are under Group B in which Japan won 5 out of their 8 games and standing at the top of the table with 17 points. Australia with 4 wins and 4 draws remains unbeatable in the group standing in the third position with 16 points.
A win could confirm either side World Cup 2018 Qualification. If Japan wins today, this is the sixth consecutive time they enter into the World Cup tournament. Japan played in all the previous 5 FIFA World Cup tournaments. Another advantage for Japan football team is, they are playing in their home ground today, they never lost a single match to Australia in their home ground.
In the Group B table, it is a race between Japan, Saudi Arabia, and Australia. Top 2 teams will qualify for the Football World Cup which will be played in Russia. Since Saudi has just one match left, they are little doubtful, but Japan and Australia have two matches left. So one team will qualify today and the other one will qualify this week on their last match.
Japan vs Australia Squad
Japan playing 11: Kawashima, Ideguchi, Shoji, Nagatomo, Inui, Isako, Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Asano, Sakai, Yoshida.
Australia playing 11: Ryan; Smith, Milligan, Sainsbury, Spiranovic; Troisi, Irvine, Luongo; Rogic, Leckie; Kruse.
Japan vs Australia Predictions
According to our predictions, Japan will win the third round of World Cup Qualifier against Australia (Socceroos) today and will be qualified for the World Cup 2018. In their next match, Australia will defeat Thailand and Qualify for the World Cup tournament.
If Japan wins tonight, they will reach 20 points and it confirms their qualifications. In case, If Australia wins this match, the scenario will be little complicated too, They need to win their September 5th Match against Thailand to qualify for the tournament as Saudi Arabia also scored 16 points.
If the game ends in a draw, Japan has to win or draw their final game against Saudi Arabia to qualify for the World Cup. But Australia definitely needs to focus on winning their final match against Thailand to confirm their qualification.
Key Players to Watch for Japan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier Match
- Japan: Shinji Kagawa (Borussia Dortmund), Shinji Okazaki (Leicester City), Keisuke Honda (CF Pachuca).
- Australia: Aaron Mooy (Huddersfield), Tom Rogic (Celtic), Tim Cahill (Melbourne City).
Japan vs Australia Match Details
- Match Between: Japan vs Australia.
- Tournament: World Cup 2018 Qualifier.
- Round: Third Round. (Group B)
- Match Date: 31st August 2017, Thursday.
- Match Time: 7:35 PM (Local Time), 8:35 PM EST and 4:05 PM IST.
- Stadium: Saitama Stadium, Midori-ku, Saitama, Japan.
Japan vs Australia (JAP V AUS) Live Streaming
Japan vs Australia World Cup Qualifier third round live streaming will be telecasted on the following TV Channels, Fox Sports 501 in Australia, NHK Japan in Japan, beIN Sports Arabia in Saudi Arabia.
The live streaming online of Japan vs Australia can be watched on Foxtel Now Official website. Stay tuned for World Cup 2018 Qualifier matches live updates, final scores, and match results.