Japan vs Senegal: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
This match is over.
Final score: Japan 2-2 Senegal
For the match – Japan vs Poland.
For the match – Senegal vs Colombia.
24th June 2018 – 16:00 GMT
Group H Yekaterinburg – TV: BBC
Japan vs Senegal Prediction
Japan made a fast start against Colombia and it paid off. The Blue Samurai were awarded an early penalty whilst Carlos Sanchez was also dismissed for the opposition. They will be aiming to double their points tally when they face Senegal but it could be a difficult afternoon for Akira Nishino’s men. Senegal were excellent against Poland and thoroughly deserved their victory. They were well organised and capitalised on the opposition’s errors. They should edge this game and have the big-game players who can make a difference. Senegal can be backed at 37/13 with 10 Bet and they will be fancied by many punters.
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The Japanese fans and players celebrated ebulliently following their 2-1 victory against Colombia. They’d been written off by many pundits and had been predicted to be defeated at the hands of Jose Pekerman’s side, yet they managed to confound those expectations. They were helped by an early red card for Carlos Sanchez with Shinji Kagawa coolly slotting home the resulting spot-kick. They had the better of the second half as their opponents began to visibly tire and they will come into this second Group H game with plenty of confidence.
Senegal beat Poland 2-1 and showed flashes of their pace and power throughout the game. They will be aiming to cause a few problems for the Japanese defence and Sadio Mane will be key to their chances. They took advantage of Poland’s defensive howlers and are likely to punish Japan if they switch off in this game. They were helped by their opponent’s below-par performance but their energetic performance deserves plenty of credit and they will see this game as the perfect opportunity to book their place in the knock-out round.
Japan netted twice against Colombia but having the man advantage definitely helped their cause. They aren’t naturally high goalscorers and with Senegal’s well-organised back-line, they might find it difficult to find a way through. They kept three clean sheets in their last four friendlies ahead of the tournament and marked Robert Lewandowski effectively on Tuesday. Under 2.5 Goals is a highly likely outcome here and it can be backed at 3/5 with 10Bet.
Senegal have a reputation for being a free-flowing, high-scoring side and they are fleet of foot when moving forward but they are also incredibly effective at the back. Led by Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly, they are incredibly difficult to penetrate. They have mobility and ariel prowess and Japan could find it difficult to get on the score-sheet here. They capitalised on Poland’s defensive errors and they may only need one goal here. 1-0 Senegal is extremely tempting and can be backed at 5/1 with Royal Panda.
Japan vs Senegal Odds
Group H Standings
These two teams come into this tie joint-top of the Group H table. They both won against the odds on the opening matchday but this highly competitive group is likely to throw up a few more surprises yet.
- 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 the World Cup
- They failed to win a single match at the 2014 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 21/10 with 888Sport
- Senegal drew two of their three group games in 2002 Head to Head
- Japan and Senegal have never previously faced one another.
World Cup Qualifying
Japan were drawn in Group B of the AFC Qualifying and finished top of their section. They picked up 20 points in total, finishing narrowly ahead of Saudi Arabia. They ended with a superb goal difference of +10 and only shipped seven goals throughout the entire qualifying campaign. There were some minor slip-ups along the way, including a home loss to the UAE (1-2), but they qualified with relative ease.
- Genki Haraguchi – 4 Goals – 750/1 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup
Senegal were fantastic in qualifying and booked their place in Russia with minimal fuss. They were drawn in Group D and picked up 14 points from six games. They remained unbeaten throughout and only conceded three times. Although they were drawn in a reasonably easy group, they finished five points ahead of Burkina Faso.
- Diafra Sakho – 2 Goals
- 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.
16:00 – Ekaterinburg Stadium