Japan vs Poland Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
Poland weren’t at their best defensively during qualifying and they will be aiming for some much-improved performances at the back here. Group H looks extremely competitive and there is a possibility that both teams could still qualify for the round of 16 at this stage of the tournament. Adam Nawalka’s side possess the firepower of Robert Lewandowski and Arkadiusz Milik and that may prove the difference here. Japan were consistent throughout their qualifying but they lack star quality and their squad looks limited. Their results coming into the tournament have been far from ideal and they may be susceptible here. They could frustrate Poland throughout the 90 minutes but appear unlikely to take all three points from this fixture.
Group H Winners
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met once. They played each other in 2002 with Japan sealing a victory 2-0 in Lodz. The visitors netted two first-half goals which helped seal a comfortable success. This will be their first competitive meeting.
Poland 0-2 Japan – 27/03/2002
Maya Yoshida – The Southampton defender could be key to their chances of keeping the Lewandowski/Milik double-act off the scoresheet. He will help organise the Japanese defence and is a lynchpin at the back. He isn’t oozing with quality but will keep a level head throughout and has shown plenty of ability in the Premier League.
Robert Lewandowski – The prolific striker hit 16 goals during qualifying and he is many people’s idea of an outsider for the golden boot in Russia. He has an eye for goal and is proven at international level. He could find holes in the Japanese defence and fire his side to the knock-out round.
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