Japan vs Senegal Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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Senegal qualified with ease and will be confident of their chances in Group H. Aliou Cisse was a key part of the 2002 squad who exceeded all expectations in Japan/Korea and he’ll be hoping his heroics can inspire the current crop of players. They have a number of hugely talented individuals, including Liverpool striker Sadio Mane, who recently netted in the Champions League final. Can they pick up three points against Japan?
The two outsiders in Group H meet in Yekaterinburg on June 24th and both of them arrive here off the back of victories. Japan took advantage of some calamitous defending from Colombia and had a man advantage for over 87 minutes. Their finishing left a lot to be desired and it is unlikely to be quite as easy against Senegal. The African side were victorious against Poland and thoroughly deserved their success. They looked hungrier than their opponents and capitalised on their mistakes. Senegal should edge this clash and have a number of players who can make a huge difference in this tie. They can be backed at 2.08 with Pinnacle.
Japan vs Senegal Preview
Group H looks extremely competitive and the opening games have blown it wide-open. Japan were 2-1 winners against Colombia and took advantage of their opponents’ fatigue in the second half. They looked a little wayward in the final third but they were the better side after the break and deserved their three points. They come into this tie full of confidence and will fancy their chances of getting something from this game. Senegal won their second successive World Cup opener and Aliou Cisse will be hoping his side can seal their place in the knock-out round with a victory here. Their opening game was a slow and ponderous affair but they were the better side for the majority of the match. If they show the same attitude in this game, they shouldn’t have any problems collecting three points.
Senegal kept a number of clean sheets during qualifying and they won’t give much away in this tie. Led by Kalidou Koulibaly, they are commanding in the air and also relatively mobile on the ground. Japan are likely to show plenty of endeavour but they may find it difficult to penetrate them. A 1-0 win for Senegal would essentially cement their place in the next round and it can be backed at 5.80 with Bodog.
Poland’s late goal broke Senegal’s resistance but they have been largely tough to break down and are unlikely to be overly tested by Japan’s forward line. Both sides have made themselves quite difficult to break down and with plenty riding on this game, it’s unlikely to be a high scoring affair. Under 2.5 Goals can be backed at 1.63 with Sports Interaction.
Group H Standings
These two teams come into this tie joint-top of the Group H table. Colombia and Poland surprisingly sit joint bottom of the standings after losing 2-1.
- Japan had 11 shots against Colombia – 7 of those came in the second half
- Their 2-1 victory over Colombia was just their fifth win at this tournament
- They failed to win a single match at the last World Cup
- This will be the third time they’ve faced African opposition in this competition. They’ve won 1, lost 1
- Senegal have conceded just three goals in their last four matches across all competitions. Senegal to win to nil is 3.10 with 888Sport
- Senegal drew two of their three group games in 2002 but still qualified for the knock-out round
World Cup Qualifying
Despite finishing a point clear of Saudi Arabia, qualifying wasn’t always straightforward for Japan. They picked up 20 points in total and ended with a superb goal difference of +10. They were defensively resolute and only shipped seven goals throughout the entire qualifying campaign. They threw in a few poor performances along the way with a 2-1 home defeat to the UAE amongst those below-par displays.
- Genki Haraguchi – 4 Goals – 750.00 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Senegal were fantastic in qualifying and booked their place in Russia with the minimum of fuss. They were drawn in Group D and picked up an impressive 14 points from a possible 18. They remained unbeaten throughout and only conceded on three occasions. Although they were drawn in a reasonably easy group, they finished five points ahead of Burkina Faso and deserved their place at the tournament.
- Diafra Sakho – 2 Goals – 152.00 with Sports Interaction to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
- Cheikh N’Doye – 2 Goals
Goalkeepers – Eiji Kawashima, Masaaki Higashiguchi, Kosuke Nakamura.
Defenders – Yuto Nagatomo, Tomoaki Makino, Wataru Endo, Maya Yoshida, Hiroki Sakai, Gotoku Sakai, Gen Shoji, Naomichi Ueda.
Midfielders – Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Takashi Inui, Shinji Kagawa, Hotaru Yamaguchi, Genki Haraguchi, Takashi Usami, Gaku Shibasaki, Ryota Oshima.
Forwards – Shinji Okazaki, Yuyu Osako, Yoshinoro Muto.
Goalkeepers – Khadim Ndiaye, Abdoulaye Diallo, Alfred Gomis.
Defenders – Kara Mbodji, Kalidou Koulibaly, Moussa Wague, Saliou Cisse, Youssouf Sabaly, Lamine Gassama, Armand Traore, Salif Sane.
Midfielders – Pepe Alioune Ndiaye, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Cheikh N’Doye.
Forwards – Sadio Mane, Diao Balde Keita, Ismaila Sarr, Diafra Sakho, Moussa Konate, Mame Biram Diouf, Mbaye Niang.
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