Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022: Match details, Where To Watch, Team News, Probable Playing XI and Match Predictions
Date: December 1, 2022
Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022: Where to watch?
In Uk, it’s Sky Sports Network and BT Sports. In the USA, it can be streamed on the DAZN App or FOX Sports. In India, the game can be watched on the Sports18 channel and Jio Cinema.
Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022: Team News
Takehiro Tomiyasu and Hiroki Sakai, both of Japan’s defenders, are questionable with hamstring ailments. Wataru Endo, Japan’s midfielder, has been missing from first-team training and may not be able to play because of a knee injury.
Maya Yoshida, the team’s captain, is on the verge of earning his 125th international cap, and he’ll be joined in the back four by Schalke 04 teammates Miki Yamane, Ko Itakura, and Yuto Nagatomo, who has 140 caps to his record.
Endo will be replaced by either Ao Tanaka or Leganes’ Gaku Shibasaki in the middle of the field, while Ritsu Doan and Takuma Asano, who both scored in the unexpected victory against Germany, will be trying to start on the wings. Real Sociedad’s Takefusa Kubo will also be competing for a starting spot.
Daichi Kamada, Eintracht Frankfurt’s playmaker, will likely continue to play the number 10 position behind Daizen Maeda or Ayase Ueda.
To add to Spain’s injury woes, 18-year-old midfielder Gavi has missed training due to a minor injury and may not play on Thursday.
Since captain Sergio Busquets is expected to be rested despite being one yellow card away from suspension, Koke, Carlos Soler, and Marcos Llorente may all get a shot at starting for the first time in Qatar.
Although Pau Torres or Eric Garcia might replace Busquets in the centre of defence with Aymeric Laporte, Rodri could make the switch from center back to the deep-lying midfield position.
Morata has scored twice in as many substitute appearances, so he will be lobbying for a starting spot in attack. He may perhaps start with Ferran Torres and Dani Olmo, with Marco Asensio getting to the bench.
Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022: Probable Playing XI
Japan’s possible starting lineup:
Gonda; Yamane, Itakura, Yoshida, Nagatomo; Tanaka, Morita; Doan, Kamada, Kubo; Maeda
Spain’s possible starting lineup:
Simon; Carvajal, P. Torres, Laporte, Alba; Koke, Rodri, Pedri; F. Torres, Morata, Olmo
Japan vs Spain, FIFA World Cup 2022: Match Predictions
Japan’s contrasting outcomes in their initial two group matches make them something of an unknown entity coming into Thursday’s battle, but Moriyasu’s lively lot will love their underdog position, as they did against Germany, and will try to pull off another shock result in Doha.
Meanwhile, Spain has gotten off to a promising start in this World Cup, and even if Enrique chooses to shuffle his starting lineup, they should still be able to beat Japan.
Expect, Japan 0-3 Spain