Japan can secure their place in the last 16 with a win over Poland – who are heading home, regardless of the result in what has been a very disappointing World Cup for the Poles. Japan have 4 points from their opening 2 games and have impressed against Senegal and Colombia whilst Poland have yet to register a point in a group in which they were the top seeded team in.
FIFA World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Poland – Volgograd Arena.
Thursday 28th June 2018
Kick-off: 15.00 GMT
- Japan – Best Odds – 29/20 (Ladbrokes)
- Poland – Best Odds – 11/5 (Betway)
- Draw – Best Odds – 21/10 (Betfred)
Japan have enjoyed a fantastic start to their World Cup campaign, backing up their win over Colombia with an gritty 2-2 draw against Senegal.
A win here would see them through to the knockout rounds and with Colombia and Senegal playing each other next, they look well placed to sneak through to the last 16.
Shinji Kagawa scored in their opening game against Colombia and is a constant threat to defences with his industry and movement in forward areas.
Poland have been thoroughly disappointing in defeats to Senegal and Colombia and are heading home after this match.
Their aging squad looks in need of an overhaul and they can begin planning for Euro 2020 after this match.
Robert Lewandowski is one of the premier strikers in world football and he will be eager to register a goal at this edition of the World Cup.
Head to Head
This will be the second ever meeting between the sides and the first ever at a major tournament.
The previous meeting between the teams was a friendly back in 2002 that Japan won 2-0.
Odds and Predictions
Poland have lacked ideas going forward so far at this World Cup but Japan don’t look convincing defensively.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a very good bet at 17/20 with William Hill.
Shinji Kagawa is the penalty taker for Japan and is always a threat in any game he plays.
Shinji Kagawa to score anytime looks an excellent value bet at 23/10 with 888 Sport.
Between them, the two sides have been involved in 13 goals in 4 games – suggesting goals are on the way here.
Over 2.5 goals in the game looks a great value bet at 21/20 with Betway.
Poland only have pride to play for meaning Japan could capitalise and qualify with a win.
Japan to win the match is a super bet at 29/20 with Ladbrokes.
Japan 2 – 1 Poland – 8/1 with Bet Bright.
Top Betting Tip
Confidence seems high in the Japanese camp and low in the Poland one – suggesting Japan should pick up an attritional win here.
Japan to win the match and both teams to score looks an amazing bet at 4/1 with Coral.