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2012 Olympics Soccer Odds & Picks: Japan vs. Honduras Match Preview 8/1/12

Japan vs. Honduras Match Analysis: Low Scoring Match Ahead For Japan & Honduras: Japan and Honduras both have their sights set on rare Olympics gold medals, but before the two of them continue their quest for medals, they have to take each other on in the final Olympics soccer match in Group D. Check out the men’s Olympics betting action for what should be a remarkable fixture at the City of Coventry Stadium.

This is going to be quite the important match. Japan already knows that it is going to be in the second round of this tournament, while Honduras is almost certainly going to be in the quarterfinals as well. Still, the loser is almost surely going to have to play Brazil right out of the blocks, while the loser will get either Belarus or Egypt. Needless to say, this is a totally different draw, thus neither one of these teams is going to want to lose. For Honduras, its life in the quarterfinals might be on the line as well if Spain lays down against Morocco and the African nation can become the third straight team to claim victory against the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 champs.

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Japan vs. Honduras Schedule and Match Information
Japan vs. Honduras Match Date/Time: Wednesday, August 1st, 12:00 p.m. (ET)
Japan vs. Honduras Stadium: City of Coventry Stadium
Japan vs. Honduras on TV: NBC Soccer Channel (Tape Delay 7:45 p.m.)
Click Here to bet on the Japan vs. Honduras Men’s Soccer Match!
Japan vs. Honduras Match Odds: Japan -0.5 (+105)
Japan vs. Honduras Betting Line Total: 2 (Over -130)

There really might not be a heck of a lot for Japan to do offensively in this match. There have been just two goals scored in the two games that the Japanese have played thus far in this tourney, and both goals have gone to the hosts. These young players are really taught to be defensive stars and to play sound soccer. When Japan gets possession of the ball, it takes quite some time usually to get it away, and both Morocco and Spain found that out the hard way. Even when the Japanese end up in a position where they have to come back and defend, they do that quite well, and we think that they could be well on their way to winning this tournament if they can find a way to avoid having to play Brazil in the second round. Yuki Otsu was the man that struck for the Japanese against Spain in what might be the biggest goal scored in men’s soccer for Japan since the nation co-hosted the World Cup eight years ago. Kensuke Nagai scored the goal late on against Morocco that proved to put the team in the second round though, as that strike ensured advancement.

Honduras was really looked upon as a bit of a Wild Card team in this tournament. This is the team that took the most advantage of the fact that the United States did miserably in qualifying, and now, it is on the verge of being one of the last eight teams in the field. The Hondurans were absolutely overwhelming underdogs against Spain, especially after La Roja dropped their first match to these same Japanese youngsters. Yet in the end, the small island nation was able to persevere thanks to an early goal by Jerry Bengtson and a remarkable game in the pipes for 23-year old Jose Mendoza. This could be the man that has a chance to lead Honduras to the World Cup in two years, so it definitely goes without saying that his performances here in the rest of the Olympics is quite important for his future.

Japan vs. Honduras Match Preview & Analysis: To be able to hold down any Spanish soccer team to just six shots on target over the course of 90 minutes is impressive, and we think the world of the Hondurans for doing just that. Of course, aside from Bengtson, who is well on his way to getting the Golden Boot with his three goals in this tourney to date, the rest of the offense for Honduras has been nowhere to be found. In the end, we just don’t know if there is a goal to be had in this match, and because of it, our super soccer punting tips are definitely leaning towards a low scoring outcome.

Japan vs. Honduras Punting Tip: Under 2 (+115) @ BetOnline Sportsbook

Japan vs. Honduras Score Prediction: Japan 0 – Honduras 0

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