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Japan 4.15 | Draw 3.43 | Poland 1.90

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Japan vs Poland Predictions

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Japan have put themselves in a great position at the top of Group H. They’ve taken four points from a possible six and have looked pretty dangerous going forward. The Blue Samurai have played some decent football and showed plenty of spirit to come back twice against Senegal. They only need a point from this game and their place in the last 16 would be guaranteed. They will fancy their chances against a side who have already been eliminated and they can be backed at 2.50 with 888sport. Poland have disappointed at the tournament and look set to exit with a whimper.

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Akira Nishino hasn’t been in charge of Japan long but he is getting the best out of his reasonably limited squad. They are an ageing side but they are using their tournament experience well and will be fancied to book their place in the next round. They have picked up four points from their opening two matches, although they were given a helping hand by Colombia’s indiscipline in the first half. They twice came from behind against Senegal and were the better side in the second half. They will fancy their chances of getting something from this game and continuing their unbeaten run at the tournament.

Poland are the first European side to crash out of the competition and they will be heading home following this game. They’ve been extremely poor so far and their defence has looked shaky throughout their first two Group H matches. Sloppy errors led to Senegal netting twice, whilst Colombia’s movement proved too much for their back-line on June 24th. Robert Lewandowski has been starved of service and their lack of mobility in midfield has seen them struggle to carve out chances.

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This could be a fairly entertaining 90 minutes with both sides struggling at the back. Neither team has kept a clean sheet at the tournament yet and that sequence is likely to continue in this game. Japan have conceded three times including against ten-man Colombia whilst Poland have conceded five times already in Russia but did find the net against Senegal. There have been plenty of goals in Poland’s recent games and Both Teams to Score? Yes is available at 1.84 with 888sport.

Over/Under Prediction

Group H has been one of the highest scoring groups at the 2018 World Cup so far and both sides have been involved in some entertaining ties. Poland have struggled at the back but they do possess a goal threat whilst Japan’s two matches have contained seven goals so far. Over 2.5 Goals looks likely to land again and can be backed at 2.10 with Betway.

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Group H Standings

Poland are rock-bottom after failing to pick up a point in their opening two games. Japan and Senegal are on four points and sharing top spot with Colombia in third. Los Cafeteros need to win in order to secure their qualification to the round of 16.


  • These two sides have never previously met in a competitive fixture
  • There have been 19 goals in Poland’s last five matches although three of those were international friendlies
  • Poland only managed two shots on target against Colombia and just four against Senegal
  • Japan have now scored eight times in their last three games and will be looking to add more here
  • Their highest total goals at a single tournament is five, which they achieved in 2002 as co-hosts. They are just a single goal away from matching that
  • It’s the third consecutive World Cup that Poland have been eliminated at the group stage
  • Keisuke Honda’s goal against Senegal was a special strike. He has netted at each of the last three World Cups and remains the record goalscorer for his country. He is 5.50 with William Hill to score the first goal of the game

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

Key Players


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.


Group H

at 09:00 a.m – Volgograd Stadium

Japan 4.15 | Draw 3.43 | Poland 1.90

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