Our prediction for this World Cup 2022 match:
Japan will be aiming to put icing on the cake on successful second phase of World Cup qualifiers when they take on Kyrgyzstan at Panasonic Stadium Suita in the last group game. The Samurai Blue are eager to keep their 100% record intact, and we are positive that they will adopt yet another attack-minded approach in Tuesday’s qualifier. A man to watch in the home team will be Southampton attacker Minamino, who is likely to prove a handful for the opposition defenders.
Kyrgyzstan, on the other hand, are determined to book their place in the next qualifying round, but beating Japan in Suita is easier said than done. The Samurai Blue have been impressive in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers, and we predict that they will give fans yet another reason for celebration on Tuesday afternoon. When the two teams met in Bishkek earlier in the process Japan defeated Kyrgyzstan 2-0.
Highlighted Player (Hiroki Sakai):
Hiroki Sakai is a product of Kashiwa Reysol football academy and, as expected, he made his first-team debut with the Hitachi Kashiwa Soccer Stadium outfit. Sakai played his first ever match for Kashiwa against Kofu (1-1) on May 5, 2010 and during the 2011 season he established himself as a first-team regular.
The pacey right back made 27 appearances for Kashiva in the 2011 season and he remained at the club until the summer of 2012. Hiroki Sakai then played for Hannover (2012-2016) and he scored two goals in 92 appearances in the league for the Bundesliga club. In 2016 he joined Marseille and he played regularly for OM in the 2016/2017 Ligue 1 campaign (35 appearances).
Sakai was born in Kashiva on April 12, 1990 and 22 years later he made his senior debut for Japan, playing 45 minutes in a 2-0 win over Azerbaijan. It has to be noted that the Marseille footballer has 17 caps for Japan U23 team as well.