Japan can still qualify from Group C but they have to defeat Colombia and hope the Ivory Coast fail to beat the Greeks if they are to stand any chance.
Subsequently, bet365 make them 8/1 outsiders to reach the last 16 and that’s understandable given how impressive their South American opponents have been so far.
indeed, Paddy Power price the Colombians as 7/5 favourites to make it three wins from three and they have the firepower to do just that against a Japanese team that failed to break down Greece last time out.
Albero Zaccheroni’s side might struggle to find the net in Cuiaba, where Colombia are 3/1 courtesy of Betfred to triumph ‘to nil’. More accurately, with Japan needing to attack, the South Americans could utilise the counter attack and they’re 12/1 at BetVictor to notch twice without reply.
The impressive James Rodriguez meanwhile, is a generous 8/1 with Paddy Power to break the deadlock. The 22-year-old has struck in both of his side’s matches so far and is 11/4 at 888Sport to strike at any time here.
James Rodriguez to score at any time – 11/4 (888Sport)