Tip Japan - Scotland
Scotland face the prospect of failing to reach the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup if they can't beat hosts Japan in this final Pool A match. The first target Scotland have is to see that this game actually takes place. The weather has already seen two matches set for this weekend be cancelled. If that happens to this game and no new date set, then Scotland will be on their way home next week.
They have 10 points from their three games, four behind the Japanese side. That puts them in third place and with Ireland (a point above them) more than likely to beat Samoa on Saturday, anything but a win over Japan will see them eliminated. Scotland lost their opening game to Ireland 27-3, since then they have beaten Samoa and Russia without conceding a single point. Japan have won their three games in this pool. The big win was over Ireland but they also had solid wins over Samoa and Russia. However, Japan's wins over those two sides were by an aggregate total of 39 points compared to the 95 achieved by the Scots. Japan have lost all seven previous meeetings with Scotland conceding 313 points. Go for Scotland to get the win in this match.
Key points Japan - Scotland
Scotland have won all seven previous meetings against Japan.
Scotland haven't conceded a point in the last two games.Ss
Scotland's margin of victory over Samoa and Russia was much larger than that achieved by Japan.
Conclusion Japan - Scotland
Scotland will know exactly what they have to do to reach the last eight, if they can actually get on the pitch to play this game. They lost their opening game to Ireland, who play Samoa the day before this match. Since that loss, Scotland have had two concincing wins and not conceded a single point. Japan have won all three games and will have home support behind them. It's not going to be easy at all for Scotland but they can get a narrow win in this match.
Japan Scotland Prediction published on October 10, 2019