Team Japan will receive in his field the team Panama as part of the tournament Int. Friendly Games. The game that will take place on 13 November at 7:45 PM.
Kick off? Friday 13th November, 2020 – 14:15 (UK)
Being played? Venue Merkur Arena, Graz
Japan and Panama have faced each other just once, with Japan winning that game.
The two countries faced each other in 2018, with Japan beating Panama 3-0. Goals from Liverpool forward Takumi Minamino, Genk right-back Junya Ito and an own goal from Union Espanola centre-back Harold Cummings secured a comfortable win for the Japanese.
Japan form guide: W-L-D-W
Panama form guide: L-L-W-W
Japan will be without Arminia Bielefeld midfielder Ritsu Doan as well as Red Bull Salzburg winger Masaya Okugawa, who have both been withdrawn from the squad.
An experienced squad has been named, including Liverpool winger Takumi Minamino, Sampdoria centre-back Maya Yoshida, Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Daichi Kamada and Villarreal winger Takefusa Kubo.
Meanwhile, Panama will be without Universitario midfielder Alberto Quintero, who has been withdrawn. There could be potential debuts for Boluspor goalkeeper Orlando Mosquera, Atletico Sanluqueno goalkeeper Marcos Allen and Tampa Bay Rowdies attacker Juan Tejada.
Japan vs Panama Predicted XI
Japan Predicted XI (4-3-3): Daniel Schmidt, Sei Muroya, Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Yuta Nakayama, Wataru Endo, Daichi Kamada, Gaku Shibasaki, Junya Ito, Musashi Suzuki, Takefusa Kubo
Panama Predicted XI (4-3-3): Luis Mejia, Michael Murillo, Harold Cummings, Fidel Escobar, Andres Andrade, Abdiel Ayarza, Anibal Godoy, Victor Griffith, Jorman Aguilar, Jose Fajardo, Gabriel Torres
Japan returned to international action last month for the first time in 2020 and after starting with a 0-0 draw against Cameroon, they secured a 1-0 victory over Ivory Coast. Next up is a third successive home game, this time against Panama who themselves and coming off the back of a win after beating Costa Rica 0-1 away from home in a friendly. The visitors are yet to concede a goal in this calendar year and will prove tough nuts to crack for Japan even with home advantage. A stalemate looks likely here with goals at a premium and both sides having to settle for a draw.
Japan have named a talented and strong squad. In former Southampton centre-back Maya Yoshida and Marseille right-back Hiroki Sakai, they have two highly experienced players, while Bologna defender Takehiro Tomiyasu, winger Kubo and AZ Alkmaar right-back Yukinari Sugawara are talented youngsters capable of doing well with the national team.
Panama, on the other hand, will rely on veteran Independiente del Valle attacker Gabriel Torres as well as the midfielders Anibal Godoy and Armando Cooper, who have both accumulated more than 100 caps for their country.
Japan have a talented squad and should be able to emerge victorious in this friendly international.
Our Dream 11 Pick
Goalkeeper: Daniel Schmidt
Defenders: Maya Yoshida, Takehiro Tomiyasu, Hiroki Sakai, Yukinari Sugawara, Michael Murillo
Midfielders: Takefusa Kubo, Armando Cooper, Anibal Godoy
Strikers: Musashi Suzuki, Gabriel Torres
Captain: Takefusa Kubo
Vice-Captain: Musashi Suzuki