Japan v Poland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 28th June

Japan v Poland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips 28th June

Ben Levene (@BenLevene96) previews Japan v Poland and provides us with his best bets for Thursday’s Group H game, analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

Japan v Poland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 28/06/18
  • Time: 15:00
  • Venue: Volgograd Arena
  • Channel: BBC

Akira Nishino’s Japan have surprised all so far this World Cup. Japan kicked-off with a 2-1 win over ten-man Colombia before drawing 2-2 with Senegal. Against Colombia they became the first Asian side to beat a South American team at a World Cup.

The Blue Samurai have brought energy and have looked good value for their four-points thus far. A draw here will secure progression to the knockout phase. Three-points will be enough to secure top-spot in Group G.

Japan are Asia’s only hope of progression as they eye a Last 16 spot for the third-time this century. Potential ties with Belgium and England await.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, Poland have failed to get going this summer. They created little in their 2-1 loss to Senegal and were then outplayed when defeated 3-0 by Colombia.

Robert Lewandowski have been void of service, and it’s proved a tournament too far for this Poland side who reached the Quarter-final of the Euro’s in 2016. They seem to be lacking cutting edge and quality in midfield.

Nonetheless, they will be desperate to end with a win. We’ve seen the likes of the already eliminated Morocco and Peru trouble opposition who have all to play for.

Team News

With little to play for, Poland could give some fringe players a run out.

Potential Japan Starting XI: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Honda, Kagawa, Inui; Osako

Potential Poland Starting XI: Szczesny; Piszczek, Glik, Pazdan, Rybus; Bereszynski, Kychowiak, Zielinski, Grosiki; Milik, Lewandowski

Head To Head

  • Japan have won both of their previous meetings with Poland.

Key Stats & Facts

  • Japan have scored in just one of their last five World Cup games against European sides.
  • Poland have kept just one clean sheet in seven.
  • South Korea have lost four consecutive games against European opposition.

Betting Odds

  • Japan 13/8
  • Draw 11/5
  • South Korea 19/10

The Verdict

Japan have exceeded expectation. Motivation and incentive will be high for the Blue Samurai in Volgograd. They face a Poland side who are already eliminated and we can back Japan with the draw on side at just under Evens.

Recommended Bets

  • Japan Draw no Bet @ 22/25