Colombia - Japan Betting Preview: Back goals galore when Pekerman's men meet Asian champions

Alberto Zaccheroni's side need a win to give themselves a chance of reaching the last 16 but our tipster is expecting a goal-laden affair from this clash in Cuiaba on Tuesday
Colombia have already secured their place in the last 16 but Jose Pekerman’s men will be keen to make it three wins from three matches in the group stages when they take on Japan in Cuiaba on Tuesday night.

The South Americans have been in fine form throughout the tournament, recording deserved victories over Greece and Cote d’Ivorie and look to be a solid selection at 7/5 (2.40) with bet365 to claim all three points from their meeting with the Asian champions.

James Rodriguez has been Colombia’s top performer in the tournament with a goal in both of the previous Group C fixtures for the South Americans and the 7/1 (8.0) quote for the 22-year-old to notch the opener is sure to attract plenty of support from punters.

Japan came into the tournament with high hopes but defeat against Cote d'Ivorie followed by a dismal 0-0 draw against 10-man Greece has severely dented the hopes of Alberto Zaccharoni’s charges.

Nothing less than victory will do for Japan, who can be backed at a chunky 21/10 (3.10) with bet365 to enjoy a vital victory in Cuiaba while the same firm go 5/2 (3.50) that the match ends in stalemate.

With victory essential for Zaccheroni’s men, Japan will be forced to adopt an attack-minded philosophy on Tuesday and that will likely play into the hands of Colombia who will be happy to soak up the pressure and hit on the break with swift counter-attacking play.

Subsequently, Tuesday’s tussle has plenty of potential for goals at both ends and while the 8/11 (1.73) quote from bet365 for both teams to score looks to be slightly skinny, it is a solid selection.

Better value, though, may lie in backing the generous even money (2.0) quote for three or more goals to be scored when these two sides go head-to-head in Cuiaba and it is this selection that is the recommended play for punters here.

Over 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 2pts stake with bet365

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