Japan vs Oman prediction preview team news. Japan will kickstart the third and final round of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers when they welcome Oman to the Panasonic Stadium on Thursday. The hosts come into the game on the back of a convincing 5-1 away victory over Kyrgyzstan in their final game of the second qualifying stage in June. Ado Onaiwu was the star of the show with a first-half hat-trick.
Oman picked up a 2-0 victory over Serbian club FC Vozvodac in a unique club vs country friendly in August. The two sides have been grouped in Group B of the qualifiers alongside Saudi Arabia, Australia, Vietnam and China. So a bright start on matchday one could be essential to their hopes of progress.
The two sides have met on 12 previous occasions and Japan are yet to lose a game against Oman. The Blue Samurai have nine wins to their name, while three games in the past ended in a share of the spoils. Their most recent meeting came in the group stage of the 2019 Asian Cup when Genki Haraguchi scored a first-half penalty to give Japan a 1-0 win.
Coach Hajime Moriyasu called up 24 players for the upcoming games against Oman and China. Seasoned veterans like Yuto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida and Eiji Kawashima were all included. Coach Branko Ivankovic’s squad is made up of predominantly domestic players, with Al-Markhiya’s Jameel Al-Yahmadi the only foreign-based player in the squad.
Japan vs Oman Predicted XI Japan Predicted XI (4-3-3): Shuichi Gonda (GK); Yuyto Nagatomo, Maya Yoshida,Yuta Nakayama, Sei Muroya; Takumi Minamino, Genki Haraguchi, Ritsu Doan; Takefusa Kubo, Yuya Osako, Kyogo Furuhashi Oman Predicted XI (5-4-1): Faiz Al-Rushaidi (GK); Fahmi Durbin, Juma Al-Habsi, Khalid Al-Braiki, Ali Al-Busaidi, Abdulaziz Al-Gheilani; Mohsin Al-Khaldi, Abdullah Fawaz, Salaah Al-Yahyaei, Harib Al-Saadi; Abdul Aziz Al-Muqbali
Despite Oman’s good run of form, they will be facing a different proposition in Japan. The hosts are one of the bonafide heavyweights of Asian football and have several proven performers on the biggest stages. The visitors are likely to defend in a low-block and compress the midfield but we are predicting a comfortable victory for Japan.