Colombia are already through to the second round of the 2014 World Cup, but Japan still have plenty to play for in their final pool game at Arena Pantanal in Cuiaba tomorrow morning at 5pm (AEST).
Colombia started their 2014 World Cup campaign with a comfortable 3-0 victory over Greece on June 14 and produced another professional performance against Ivory Coast to nook their place in the knockout stages.
The Colombian side has proven very difficult to contain on the counter attack and have proven difficult to break down at the back; with the South American side now considered one of the dark horses to make a deep run at this tournament.
The Jose Pekerman-led side will finish on top of Group C unless they are defeated by Japan and the Ivory Coast score a sizeable win against Greece, but they are a well drilled squad that are unlikely to let this game slip.
There were high expectations on Japan heading into this tournament, but so far they have failed to fire and are starring down the barrel of being eliminated from the World Cup without winning a single game.
Japan opened the scoring against Ivory Coast and dominated possession in the first half, but were unable to make their rivals pay and the African side was able to get themselves back into the game in the second half and steal the three points.
The Blue Samurai had a golden opportunity to get themselves back into the tournament with a victory over Greece after Kostas Katsouranis was sent off in the first half, but they failed to take advantage and played out a scoreless draw in what was the most boring game of the World Cup to date.
Japan are still able to qualify for the second round of the 2014 World Cup, if they get the three points and Greece defeat or draw with the Ivory Coast, but they will need to produce a much improved performance to be any chance of beating Colombia.
Colombia are clear favourites in the betting market for this game at Ladbrokes.com.au, but their quote of $2.10 still represents good value based on their two opening performances at the 2014 World Cup.
Japan and the draw are both available at $3.50, but neither of those quotes represents any value.
Other betting markets at Ladbrokes.com.au worth considering is the $3.50 on offer for Colombia to win to nil and the $19 available for a 3-0 Colombia win.