France U23 and Japan U23 will trade at Yokohama Stadium on the third day Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games men’s tournament.
France entered the game thanks to a stunning 4-3 win over South Africa U23 on Sunday. Incredibly, all seven goals were scored in an exciting second half, with Andre-Pierre Gignac helping himself to a hat-trick.
Japan U23 won a close 2-1 victory over Mexico. Ritsu Doan and Takefusa Kubo scored goals in the first half to give the Asians all three points.
That win took Hajime Moriyasu to the top of Group A with the maximum points collected in two games. France is in third place with three points and needs a win to increase their chances of reaching the quarterfinals.
France U23 vs Japan U23 head to head matches
Both sides met in the quarterfinals of the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City. Japan was left without a 3-1 winner, and Kunishige Kamamota and Mashashe Watanabe entered the standings in the final third place.
Before the tournament, France won a friendly victory over South Korea. Japan are unbeaten in their last seven games.
France U23 form: WLW
Japan U23 form: WWDWW
France U23 – Japan U23 Team News
There is no coach due to injury or suspension for coach Sylvain Ripoll.
There are also no suspensions or worries due to host injuries before this enticing battle.
France U23 – Japan U23 XI
France U23 predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Paul Bernardoni, Clement Michelin, Pierre Kalulu, Modibo Sagnan, Melvin Bard, Teji Savanier, Lucas Tousart, Florian Thauvin, Alexis Beka Beka, Randal Kolo Muani, Andre-Pierre Gignac
Japan U23 predicts XI (4-2-3-1): Kosei Tani, Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Ko Itakura, Yuta Nakayama, Ao Tanaka, Wataru Endo, Ritsu Doan, Takefusa Kubo, Koji Miyoshi, Daichi Hayashi
France U23 – Japan U23 Prediction
Japan has been highlighted in its performances over the past few months, and the home advantage could also go in their favor. France U23, on the other hand, did not perform well and their need for all three points could leave room for exploitation.
France’s defense seemed rather porous, and the host will surely get goal-scoring chances. Japan only need one point to secure first place in the group, and we support it to win it in the high-scoring draw.
Prediction: France U23 2-2 Japan U23