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The knockout stages of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup are this Saturday and Japan takes on Norway. Can Japan shine in this knockout round game? JT Miller shares his prediction and pick for the game.
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Japan vs. Norway Prediction: Can Japan Shine in Their World Cup Knockout Round Game?

We are onto the knockout rounds of the 2023 FIFA Women's World Cup, and the first three matches of the single elimination phase of the tournament kick-off on Saturday. We are diving into the match between Norway and Japan, and I am ready to let you know which side I am backing in this one.

Japan vs. Norway Date, Time, Where to Watch

  • Date: Saturday, August 5, 2023
  • Start Time: 4:00 am ET
  • Where to Watch: FS1, Peacock

Japan vs. Norway Prediction

Everything Japan has done in this tournament has been clinical, and there is no other way to put it. The squad is yet to concede a goal in the tournament, and after their final game in the group stages, I am convinced they are a real threat. The 2011 World Cup winners kicked off the tournament with 5-nil and 2-nil victories before a statement victory in a 4-nil clash with Spain. They are the highest-scoring team in the tournament thus far and are one of just three squads not to concede a goal yet; that is a problem for Norway.

Norway was able to break their winless streak with a win in the group stages, helping them advance to this point in the tournament, but they have shown me nothing so far that makes me think they are capable of winning this match. Japan has been clinical in finishing scoring opportunities, and they look so incredibly sound defensive. The counterattacks in the game with Spain were top-notch, and they just seemed to be a full step ahead of another really talented squad. Do not overthink this; take the squad with the momentum here.

Japan vs. Norway Pick

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