Japan v Senegal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 24th June
Patrick Gillden (@PatrickGillen94) previews Japan v Senegal and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Group H fixture by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
Japan v Senegal Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/06/2018
- Time: 16:00
- Venue: Ekaterinburg Arena
- Channel: BBC One
Both Japan and Senegal head into this Group H clash knowing that a win will all but book their place in the knockout stages.
This comes despite each team being billed as outsiders to get out of the group before a ball was kicked.
Japan shocked ten-man Colombia to win 2-1 and in doing so became the first Asian side to beat South American opposition at the World Cup.
Meanwhile Senegal put in a marvellous play to defeat Poland by the same scoreline, becoming the first African side to win in this year’s World Cup.
The victory will give the Senegalese the belief that they can emulate their 2002 World Cup success, where they stunned champions France en-route to reaching the quarter finals; a feat not yet bettered by any other African side.
Keisuke Honda has been training on his own this week since bruising his thigh during the win over Colombia and may have to settle for a place on the bench.
M’Baye Niang will hope to shake off the ankle problem that saw him substituted against Poland. The striker was receiving treatment for the injury before controversially running onto the pitch to score Senegal’s second goal.
Potential Japan Starting XI: Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, Osako
Potential Senegal Starting XI: Khadim N’Diaye, Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly, Sarr, Alfred N’Diaye, Gueye, Niang, Mane, Diouf
Head To Head
- Japan have failed to beat Senegal in each of the three meetings between the two sides, losing once and drawing twice.
- Since 1990, Asian sides have a record of W5 D6 L4 against African sides.
Key Stats & Facts
- No Asian nation have ever won their opening two World Cup fixtures.
- The last time Japan won two consecutive World Cup fixtures was in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament with South Korea.
- Only two African nations have ever won both of their opening World Cup fixtures – Cameroon 1990 and Nigeria 1998.
- Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in six of Japan’s last eight goals scored at World Cup tournaments – three goals, three assists.
- Japan – 12/5
- Draw – 2/1
- Senegal – 13/10
Senegal are a team full of pace and power and will look to star man Sadio Mane to cause the Japanese backline problems.
Japan will know that they are up for a physical test on Sunday and will hope that star man Shinji Kagawa, operating as a number 10, will have the guile and creativity to breakdown a Sengal side that has drawn 10 out of their last 21 matches.