Belgium will take on Japan in the 2018 World Cup Round of 16 encounter seeking a 3rd quarterfinal berth on Monday, with kick off at 2000hrs (Zim Time) at the Rostov Arena in Rostov-na-Donu.
Belgium finished with a 100% record for a successive World cup beating Panama, Tunisia and England in the group stages. They finished with the highest number of goals in the group stages.
The Red Devils as Belgium is affectionately known are beaming with talented footballers who have been labeled as the golden generation. Their unbeaten 22-match run, the longest in Belgium’s history, reflects the quality of a hugely talented side .
On the other hand, Japan became the first country in World Cup history to advance to Knockout stages using the Fairplay tie breaker piping Senegal by virtue of having fewer yellow cards with both teams ending on for points. The Samurai Blue emerged second place ahead of Poland and highly fancied African favorites Senegal.
However, Belgium will be highly tipped to win this encounter after having beaten England in their last group encounter resting several of their star players.
Belgium Predicted Line Up
Belgium: Thibaut Courtois, Vincent Kompany, Jan Vertonghen, Toby Alderweireld, Kevin De Bruyne, Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Thomas Meunier, Axel Witsel, Yannick Ferreira-Carrasco, Romelu Lukaku
Japan Predicted Line Up
Japan: Eiji Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Gaku Shibasaki, Makoto Hasebe, Yup Osako
Japan and Belgium has met only 5 times with Belgium winning only once
They met at the World Cup before back in 2012 with both teams drawing 2-2.
Japan has got the better of Belgium twice both cases in International Friendlies.
Japan to win: 10.4
Japan and Belgium draw after 90 minutes: 4.94