Japan vs Poland Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
28th June – 15:00 GMT
Group H – Volgograd Stadium
Japan vs Poland Predictions
Group H looks wide open and remains one of the trickiest sections to predict. Poland will be fancied to progress due to their success in qualifying and the presence of the potent Robert Lewandowksi. Their third match is against Japan, who could potentially be stubborn opposition for Adam Nawalka’s side. It’s been a poor couple of months for the Blue Samurai and their results during warm-up matches have suggested that they could struggle in Russia. Akira Nishino has taken over and is still trying to implement his system but he won’t have time to be flexible in this tie. Both sides will fancy their chances of qualifying but Poland look the more likely of the pair and they should be able to collect three points here.
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
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.
15:00 – Volgograd Stadium