class=”article_teaser__2t5do”>After opening with an impressive victory against Chile, Al Hain-Cole is backing Team GB to make it two wins in a row against Takakura’s team
Great Britain will be aiming to make it two wins from two when they take on Japan at the Sapporo Dome in Saturday’s Olympic Games encounter.
Hege Riise’s team got off to a winning start in Group E, easing to a 2-0 opening victory over Chile thanks to two goals from Ellen White.
Great Britain vs Japan latest odds
Top of the group after one game, Team GB are 21/20 (2.05) favourites with bet365 to seal their place in the knockout stages with a game to spare by coming out on top here.
Host nation Japan left it late to salvage a draw in their opening game against Canada and are 5/2 (3.50) outsiders to bounce back with a victory, or priced at 9/4 (3.25) to be held to a second successive stalemate.
Great Britain vs Japan team news
Chelsea’s Fran Kirby will face a late fitness test after being left out of the squad to face Chile due to a minor injury, although would probably have to settle for a place on the substitutes’ bench.
Mina Tanaka will be pushing for a place in the starting line-up after making a positive impact from the bench at half-time against Canada, winning a penalty that was saved by keeper Stephanie Labbe.
Great Britain vs Japan preview
The 2-0 scoreline actually did not paint the full picture of just how dominant Team GB were against Chile, having the majority of the possession and taking over 20 shots on goal.
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While Scotland’s Kim Little played a key role in midfield alongside compatriot Caroline Weir and Wales international Sophie Ingle made an appearance off the bench, the team was very similar to the England side that has beaten Japan three times over the past two years.
Indeed, two-goal hero White has hit the net three times in her last two matches against Asako Takakura’s team, and will be confident of doing more damage on current form.
Great Britain vs Japan tips & predictions
All in all, Great Britain look well worth those 21/20 (2.05) odds to follow up an impressive opening victory by coming out on top once again versus the home side.
All odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.