With Colombia all but assured of top spot in Group C, Japan will be hoping the South Americans take it easy here and perhaps rest some of their key players, thus giving the Asian side the chance to sneak the victory they need for a chance of progressing. But after their dour 0-0 stalemate against Greece last time out Alberto Zaccheroni’s men are very much up against it. Here we bring you the latest betting tips, odds and analysis as we give our views on whether Japan have a chance of getting the three points.

Colombia have looked the best side in Group C despite being pushed relatively close by Ivory Coast last time out. While the South Americans are not exactly watertight at the back, their fluent, energetic and precise attacking play is likely to cause problems for even the best sides in the tournament. Japan are nowhere near one of the best sides and we feel they will struggle here.

The bookies agree, making Colombia the favourites at best betting odds of 5/4 with Sky Bet. That price represents real value in our eyes because even though Colombia are already through to the next round, coach José Pékerman will want his side to maintain momentum going into the Round of 16. Japan are out at odds of 11/4 and the draw is 5/2, both with Ladbrokes, but out main betting tip here is simply to back Colombia to make it three wins out of three in Group C.

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