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Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23: The Olympic host show class

Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23: The Olympic host show class

Facing the title candidate Japan U23 in the first match, this will be a very difficult match for coach Saad Al-Shehri and his players

Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23 match information

Time: 21:15 (GMT+8) on January 9th

Venue: Thammasat Stadium, Rangsit

‎‎Competition: 2020 AFC U23 Championship

The second match of Group B is a clash between two Asian football giant Japan and Saudi Arabia. Both were eliminated early in the U23 AFC championship two years ago, thus they want to reconfirm their strength this time. Will the green Samurai fighters continue to win the opponent the third consecutive matches in a row, or may Saudi Arabia win the East Asia representative for the first time in four meetings?

After the disappointing performances in the 2018 U23 AFC championship, Japan U23 is very determined in the upcoming tournament in Thailand. In a recent interview on the Asian Football Federation (AFC) homepage, coach Hajime Moriyasu did not even hide his ambition to win the title to create a favorable momentum for the Tokyo Olympic at home.

U23 AFC championship is a tournament that is not in the official FIFA system, therefore the best faces of "Green Samurai" playing in Europe cannot attend. According to the official list of 23 players attending the 2020 U23 AFC championship, famous names like Kubo Takefusa (Mallorca), Hiroki Abe (Barcelona B), Koji Miyoshi (Royal Antwerp) did not appear.

As the host of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, on theory Japan will not be too focused on the results in this tournament, otherwise, they will still be determined to show themselves to test the squad in order to aim for an Olympic medal at home. Moreover, Japan once crowned the 2016 U23 AFC championship, thus Hajime Moriyasu's team wants to be the first team to have the 2nd throne.

Japan U23 has been very well prepared for the tournament by destroying Jamaica with a score of 9-0 at the Kirin Challenge Cup. The brightest star they brought to this tournament is midfielder Tatsuya Ito who is currently playing for the Bundesliga 2 Hamburger SV.

Head to head history is proving Saudi Arabia U23 inferior to the Japanese team with 2 losses in the last 2 encounters. Overall, Japan U23 is highly evaluated, thus they can gain the first 3 points after this encounter versus Saudi Arabia U23.

Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23 possible lineups:

Japan U23: Tani Kosei, Watanabe Tsuyoshi, Tatsuta Yogu, Koga Tayo, Hashioka Daiki, Tanaka Shunta, Endo Keita, Hatate Reo, Daikisugioka, Tanaka Aao, Ueda Ayase.

Saudi Arabia U23: Mohammed Al-Rubaie, Saud Abdulhamid, Abdulelah Al-Amri, Abdullah Hassoun, Tomban Tombakti, Khalid Al-Ghannam, Hussain Al-Eisa, Saad Al-Selouli, Ayman Yahya, Firas Al-Buraikan, Abdullah Al-Hamdan.

Japan U23 vs Saudi Arabia U23 score predictions: 2-1