Colombia vs Japan

Colombia vs. Japan live stream info, channel, news, odds: How to watch World Cup 2018 on TV and online

Colombia will be aiming to shake off a dismal conclusion to their run through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage schedule with Tuesday’s Group H matchup against Japan at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

How to watch

When: Monday at 8 a.m. ET
Where: Mordovia Arena
TV: FS1 and Telemundo
Stream: fuboTV (Try for free)
Follow: CBS Sports App
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Colombia, one of the dark horses at the 2018 World Cup, begins playing on Tuesday in a showdown against Japan. Both teams have talent and the ability to make some noise, but Colombia’s superior talent on paper makes the Cafeteros the favorite in this match.

Both squads are fairly healthy entering the game, though Colombia did have to make some last-second changes to its roster. The team lost left back Frank Fabra to an ACL injury, but it should be fine with speedy and technical Johan Mojica likely stepping in. James Rodriguez returned to training two days ago after experiencing muscle fatigue.

For Japan, this is a team that is relying on some veterans in Keisuka Honda and Makoto Hasebe, but the talent up top gives it a chance to get something from this game.

Here’s how you can watch the match and more. And be sure to return a half an hour before kickoff for our live blog of the game:

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Prediction

Colombia shows off their attacking strength led by James Rodriguez, cruising to a comfortable victory in the opener that also brings them some momentum. Colombia 3, Japan 0.

Colombia will be aiming to shake off a dismal conclusion to their run through CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying when they kick off their 2018 FIFA World Cup group stage schedule with Tuesday’s Group H matchup against Japan at Mordovia Arena in Saransk.

World Cup betting line: Colombia opened as a -141 favorite (wager $141 to win $100); the total is at two goals, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)

World Cup betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 1.6-1.2, Japan (2018 World Cup picks on every game)

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Colombia vs. Japan World Cup matchup analysis

The Cafeteros eked out a second straight World Cup berth despite going winless in their final four qualifying matches, but face a struggling Japanese side that enters Russia 2018 with just one win in their past six matches across all competitions.

Colombia enjoyed a breakthrough at the 2014 World Cup, marching to the quarter-finals while posting a 4-0-1 win-draw-loss record. However, the Cafeteros endured a difficult run through World Cup qualifying. The squad compiled a 7-6-5 record while posting just two victories in their final nine outings, and needed a 1-1 draw with Peru in their final qualifying match to earn a berth at Russia 2018.

Japan closed out their pre-tournament friendly schedule with a 4-2 win over Paraguay as +230 underdogs on June 12. That proved to be a much-needed victory for the Samurai Blue, who have struggled since going undefeated in AFC World Cup qualifying. In addition to their win over Paraguay, Japan has posted recent wins over lightweights New Zealand, North Korea, and China, but are 0-0-5 in their past five games against national sides bound for Russia 2018.

The Samurai Blue are winless in three previous meetings with Colombia including a crushing 4-1 loss in group stage action at the 2014 World Cup. However, Japan will have much to play for in Tuesday’s contest following news of a serious earthquake in the Japanese city of Osaka, which has reportedly directly impacted the family of some members of the national squad, per Reuters.