Japan v Poland Betting Tips, Predictions and Previews
June 25, 2018
Volgograd Stadium - World Cup Group H
Japan have one foot in the last 16 after two games, but there need a positive result in this game to ensure their progress to the knockout rounds.
Japan won the last meeting between these two sides, a 2-0 friendly victory in 2002, with a 5-0 friendly win back in 1996.
Japan have no injury concerns ahead of this game, but midfielder Shinji Kagawa is a slight concern with a thigh problem. If the former Manchester United man is unavailable, fellow veteran Keisuke Honda could fill in.
Poland will be without experienced midfielder Jakub Blaszczykowski - who's tournament is over with a knee injury. In attack, Kamil Grosicki and Arkadiusz Milik could come in for David Kownacki and Maciej Rybus.
Japan v Poland Preview and Predictions
Japan have been one of the surprise team of the World Cup, with many predicting them to struggle to get out of the group before the tournament. However they have spun those predictions on their head, with four points from two games - and they are top of Group H on goal difference.
Poland are already out, after a disastrous start to the World Cup - with two losses - but Japan have a chance of getting through if they can avoid defeat. They took a win over Colombia in their opener, and a late rally to draw against Senegal, but things are still in the balance for their qualification.
Poland have been poor in Russia, but they will want to end the competition with at least a point, and that could damage Japan's hopes of a last 16 spot.
A draw - at 11/5 - looks a real option here, and that would mean that Japan still make it to the last 16, regardless of the result in the Colombia v Senegal game.
Japan have scored and conceded at the World Cup - and defending is not their strong point, with no clean sheet in their last eight games, and Poland do have attacking talent at their disposal. With that in mind, an over 2.5 goals bet, at 21/20 , looks to be an interesting one here, with both sides strong on the counter attack, but vulnerable at the back.
A 2-2 draw at 14/1
Japan need a result, and Poland need to save face before the end of the tournament, despite their poor showing so far. Japan's performances look destined to be rewarded with a place in the last 16, but Poland may make them sweat for it in their last group game.
Takashi Inui to score first at 12/1
Inui, who recently sealed a move from Eibar to Real Betis, has been Japan stand out player in the competition so far, scoring an excellent goal against Senegal. His movement from the left wing into attack will cause a jittery Polish defence problems.