Japan vs Poland Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions



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Final score:  Japan 0-1 Poland

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28th June – 15:00 GMT
Group H – Volgograd Stadium, TV: BBC 2

Japan 33/20| Draw 9/4| Poland 39/20

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Japan vs Poland Predictions

Japan go into this game having collected four points from their opening two games at the 2018 World Cup. The Blue Samurai had a man advantage for the majority of the game against Colombia and they prevailed 2-1. They twice fell behind against Senegal but managed to salvage a draw in a topsy-turvy contest. They were written off pre-tournament but they stand a good chance of qualifying. Poland are the first European side to be eliminated from the competition and Adam Nawalka’s side have been relatively poor in their opening two matches.

The pressure is off for them but Japan will be desperate to collect three points. The draw is likely to be extremely popular here 11/5 with Bet365 but Japan could sneak it and can be backed at 3/2.

Japan vs Poland Preview

Japan have given themselves a decent chance of qualifying and come into this game unbeaten at the 2018 World Cup. Led by Akira Nishino, their pre-tournament form suggested that they would struggle in Russia but they’ve proved their critics wrong. They have an experienced squad and many of their players are used to playing at the top level. A point will be enough to seal their place in the round of 16 and they’ve been priced up as the favourites to finish top of Group H. They’ve netted four times in Group H so far but haven’t looked particularly solid at the back. Can they end with a victory?

Poland are heading home after a hugely disappointing campaign. They’ve been defeated in their first two games, conceding five times and netting just once. They finished top of their qualifying group but they conceded plenty of goals along the way and defensive errors have littered their time in Russia so far. Robert Lewandowski has been largely starved of service so far and he is yet to find the back of the net. He will be keen to find the back of the net at this tournament.

Both Teams to Score Prediction

Neither of these two sides have managed to keep a clean sheet at the tournament and, with Japan conceding three goals and Poland shipping five, this pair cannot be trusted defensively. Japan had to twice come from behind to pick up a point against Senegal whilst Poland are missing the presence of Kamil Glik and have suffered a number of defensive lapses as a result. Both Teams to Score? Yes is available at 4/5 with Bet365.

Japan vs Poland Correct Score Prediction

1-1 will be a popular scoreline in this game and is available at 8/1 with William Hill. However, Japan could find gaps in the Polish defence. A 2-1 Japan success is available at 10/1 and looks like the value pick in the correct score market.

Group H Standings

Group H looks wide open with Senegal, Japan and Colombia all vying to qualify for the knock-out rounds. Poland are eliminated after conceding five times and failing to pick up a point in their opening two fixtures.


  • Japan were 2-0 winners in their only previous meeting.
  • There have been 19 goals in Poland’s last five matches in all competitions.
  • Poland only managed two shots on target against Colombia.
  • Japan have now scored eight goals in their last three matches.
  • They’ve never scored more than five goals at a single World Cup and they will keen to surpass that previous record.
  • It’s the third consecutive World Cup that Poland have failed to qualify for the knock-out round.
  • Keisuke Honda’s goal against Senegal means that he has netted at each of the last three World Cups and is the record goalscorer for his country. He is 15/2 with Bet365 to score the first goal of the game.

Head to Head

These two sides have only previously met once. They faced one another in 2002 with Japan winning 2-0 in Lodz. The visitors netted two first-half goals which helped seal a comfortable victory. This will be their first competitive meeting.

Poland 0-2 Japan – 27/03/2002

Key Players


Maya Yoshida – The Southampton defender is one the better players in the Japanese squad and will be crucial in this game. He is likely to be tasked with keeping tabs on Robert Lewandowski and it looks set to be a fascinating battle between the pair. He also netted a number of goals during qualifying and could be handy from set-piece situations.


Robert Lewandowski – The Bayern Munich striker’s future may be in doubt but he is still likely to have a huge impact in Russia. He netted 16 goals during ten qualifying matches and will get plenty of opportunities in Group H. He should be a handful for the Japanese defence.

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(Group H)

15:00 – Volgograd Stadium

Japan 6/4 | Draw 21/10 | Poland 21/10

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