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.
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.
- Japan 13/8
- Draw 11/5
- South Korea 19/10
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.