Japan is still struggling in international fixtures. The opening loss against Brazil was a back-and-forth game not until Marta got in the 68th minute to deliver a sweet pass to Debinha for a goal in the 72nd minute. In their game against the USA, Japan dominated the majority of the ball game but Mallory Swanson’s goal to cap off the first half was enough for the Americans to escape with a 1-0 win. Japan outclassed the Americans in total shots (13 to 2), shots on target (7 to 2), and corner kicks (7 to 3), but those were not enough.Before the SheBelieves Cup, Japan previously won two of four international friendly games, logging 2-0 wins over Nigeria and New Zealand in October, but had goalless defeats to England and Spain in November. Japan has now four straight defeats and has not yet notched a win in 2023.

The Asian side will try to end this competition with a win against Canada. Japan’s last six meetings against Canada turned out to be positive, as they only lost one match way back in 2018 in the Algarve Cup. japan won over Canada in three international friendlies and had a 2-1 edge in the first round of the 2012 Olympic Games.

Japan hopes to replicate its run in the AFC Asian Cup and EAFF E-1 Football Championship, where the performances of Riko Ueki, Yuika Sugasawa, Yui Narumiya, and Yui Hasegawa were highlighted. Ueki and Hasegawa should see starting roles while Aoba Fujino, Mana Iwabuchi, Saki Kumagai, and Fuka Nagano will be in the starting XI. Japan will likely field Shiori Miyake, Moeka Minami, Hina Sugita, and Risa Shimizu as the back four, with Ayaka Yamashita slated as starting goalie.

The matchup between both nations will be the first since the 2021 Olympic Games in Group E, where both nations settled for a 1-1 deadlock.

Final Canada-Japan Prediction & Pick

With the tournament coming to a close, expect both teams to pop off and impress the crowd. This has the makings of a high-scoring game, but Canada should have a slight edge over Japan on goals.

Final Canada-Japan Prediction & Pick: Canada (+150), Over 2.5 goals (+116)