Japan Under-23s have had a flawless start to their home Olympics tournament. When they will face France Under-23s on Wednesday the team will look to finish the group stage on a high note. The game will begin at 12.30 p.m. BST and will conclude all group games in men’s football at the Summer Olympics at the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama. Here is our expert guess on France vs Japan prediction for the Tokyo Olympics Men’s football games.
At the Tokyo Olympics, the goalscoring chart is being led by France striker Gignac after his hat-trick against South Africa and opening goal against Mexico. He is expected to start again on Wednesday, providing France’s most dangerous threat in front of goal.
In the first two games the majority of the French team remained unchanged with only two of the attacking midfield three – Enzo Le Fee and Arnaud Nordin – and Sagnan at center-back losing their starting spots the previous time out.
Savanier and Lucas Tousart are expected to start against Japan, though Tousart is likely to be substituted. The duo are Ripoll’s trusted pair in the center of midfield.
In Japan’s starting lineup only one change took place from the first game against South Africa to the second game against Mexico. That particular change is of Koji Miyoshi’s replacement by Yuki Soma.
Japan’s back four of Yuta Nakayama, Ko Itakura, Maya Yoshida, and Hiroki Sakai are forging a strong foundation for the host nation, and they will resume training on Wednesday to prepare for the knockout stages.
With the team earning maximum points in their first two games against South Africa and Mexico, Japan’s home tournament has gone off without a hitch.
In a game that the hosts dominated in terms of chances created, Real Madrid’s Takefusa Kubo scored in the 71st minute to give them three points.
France’s games at the Tokyo Olympics have been full of goals, with four conceded against Mexico in the first round and three points secured last time out in a seven-goal thriller against South Africa.
Japan has all but secured a place in the quarter-finals and France needs three points more than the host country team. In order to leapfrog their hosts, France will have to overcome a four-goal deficit.
As a result, France is likely to attack the game from the start and pick up three points on Wednesday, but Japan is unlikely to let France catch them on goal difference.
France Under-23s possible starting lineup:
Bernardoni; Caci, Nkounkou, Kalulu, Michelin; Tousart, Savanier; Mbuku, Muani, Thauvin; Gignac
Japan Under-23s possible starting lineup:
Tani; Nakayama, Itakura, Yoshida, Sakai; Endo, Tanaka; Soma, Kubo, Doan; Hayashi
Our Prediction: France Under-23s 2-1 Japan Under-23s