Netherlands vs. Japan: Odds, Live Stream, TV Info for Women's World Cup 2019

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistJune 24, 2019

Vivianne Miedema of Netherlands women during the FIFA Women's World Cup France 2019 group E match between The Netherlands and Canada at Stade Auguste-Delaune on June 20, 2019 in Reims, France(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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Vivianne Miedema will lead the Netherlands against a capable Japan team in the last 16 of the 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup on Tuesday.

Miedema and the Netherlands will be favourites in Rennes after winning Group E. By contrast, Japan only made it through as runners-up in Group D after finishing five points behind England.

Even so, this is a team capable of keeping the ball and producing slick and stylish play thanks to technicians such as Hina Sugita and Emi Nakajima.

Date: Tuesday, June 25

Time: 9 p.m. local time, 8 p.m. BST, 3 p.m. ET

TV Info: BBC Four, Fox Sports 1

Live Stream: BBC iplayer, Fox Sports Go, fuboTV

    

Odds

  • Netherlands: 5-6
  • Japan: 4-1
  • Draw: 131-50

Odds per Oddschecker.

      

Japan's ability to keep the ball away from Miedema will be key to Japan's chances. Fortunately, Sugita has the right attributes to boss possession.

Sugita makes Japan's passing game click.
Sugita makes Japan's passing game click.TF-Images/Getty Images

Still just 22, she has impressed former England international Alex Scott, who lauded her quality for BBC Sport: "She controls her midfield, and she's so technical and great to watch on the ball."

Ably supported by fellow central midfielder Narumi Miura, Sugita can keep the supply lines open to Nakajima. The latter has the vision and flair to open up the Netherlands defence.

Japan will have to make the most of possession, because Miedema is unlikely to waste chances. The Arsenal star has already set one landmark at the tournament:

It's just one of many outstanding achievements by the gifted forward:

Aside from her goals, Miedema is also a creative force whenever she drops off the front and takes up positions in between the midfield and forward lines. Her passes can release the pace of Lieke Martens behind the Japan defence.

The Netherlands have the magic in the final third to turn a close game in their favour. However, if Japan are allowed to consistently string passes together, Sugita and Co. will progress.

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