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Japan vs North Korea: World Cup Qualifying 2023/24 Live Stream, Form Guide, Head to Head, Schedule, Fixture and Probable Lineups

Japan is aiming to continue their winning streak in World Cup qualifying with a third consecutive victory in their match against North Korea on Thursday. Japan is heavily favored to win the match. Despite being seen as the underdogs, North Korea has performed surprisingly well and currently sits in second place in their group at the halfway point of the second round.

Japan had big dreams of winning the recent Asian Cup, hoping to break their 12-year winless streak. Sadly, they were knocked out in the quarter-finals. Early losses to Iraq and struggles against Vietnam and Indonesia showed that the team wasn’t performing at its best. In the last eight, they faced a strong Iran team. Despite leading at halftime, Japan lost on a last-minute penalty. Thankfully, Japan can now shift their attention to World Cup qualifying. They’re dominating their group with big wins over Myanmar and Syria. If they beat North Korea on Thursday, they’ll be very close to moving on to the next stage of qualification.

After being absent from international competition for a long time, there was a lot of interest in how North Korea would perform on their return. Their loss to Syria was a setback, but not completely unexpected. However, their strong 6-1 win over Myanmar showed they’re serious contenders and back in the game. Coach Sin Yong-nam knows they can’t get ahead of themselves, especially with two tough matches against Japan coming up. Still, they’re eager to face Japan again after a close 1-0 loss back in 2017. They’ll be looking to cause an upset and prove they can compete with the best in Asia.

Probable lineups

Japan probable starting lineup: Suzuki, Maikuma, Machida, Ikatura, Ito, Endo, Morita, Doan, Kubo, Maeda, Ueda

North Korea probable starting lineup: Kang, O.Choe, Y.Kim, Jang, J.Choe, K.Kim, Ri, J-S Choe, Paek, Hang, Jong

Form Guide

Japan

OPPONENTSSCORE
Iran1-2 (L)
Bahrain3-1 (W)
Indonesia3-1 (W)
Iraq1-2 (L)
Vietnam4-2 (W)

North Korea

OPPONENTSSCORE
Myanmar6-1 (W)
Syria0-1 (L)
Lebanon0-0 (D)
Turkmenistan1-3 (L)
South Korea0-0 (D)

Head to Head

Last 5 matches- resultsSCORE
Japan beat North Korea1-0
North korea beat Japan2-1
North Korea beat Japan1-0
Japan beat North Korea1-0
Japan draw North Korea1-1

Japan vs North Korea Live Schedule and Fixture

The World Cup Qualifying match between Japan and North Korea will take place at Japan National Stadium on Thursday at 3:53 pm IST.

Japan vs North KoreaKEY DETAILS
DateMarch 21
VenueJapan National Stadium
Kickoff time in Japan7:23 pm (Thursday)
Kickoff time in North Korea7:23 pm (Thursday)
Kickoff time in India3:53 pm (Thursday)

Where to watch Japan vs North Korea?

Football fans internationally can catch the live action via Bet365 while those in Germany can watch the match via Nippon TV.

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