Spain will be hoping to confirm their place in the round of 16 and will be hoping to take all three points from their final Group E game at the Khalifa International Stadium on December 1st.
Japan have blown hot and cold in Qatar so far, and having beaten Germany and lost to Costa Rica, they are incredibly tough to predict. Perhaps surprisingly, manager Hajime Moriyasu made five changes to a winning XI and his decision seriously backfired. The Blue Samurai have been sluggish and slow during the opening 45 minutes, whereas they’ve come out with a renewed vigour after the break.
Spain will have been disappointed to have blown a one goal lead against Germany on Sunday night, however, on the balance of play, a point was probably fair. Luis Enrique’s side weren’t quite as dynamic going forward this time around, however, they still have a sizeable goal difference to fall back on. The Roja weren’t tested against Costa Rica, however, Japan are likely to ask questions of Unai Simon.
Although Japan can be tough opponents, Bwin have made Spain 39/100 favourites and they will be heavily backed to take all three points. Japan have already beaten Germany and are available at 7/1 to cause yet another shock.