Japan vs Senegal: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
24th June 2018 – 16.00 GMT
Group H – Ekaterinburg Arena, Yekaterinburg – TV: RTE
Senegal are set to be favourites to win this match against the Asian side. Aliou Cisse’s side impressed in their victory over Poland in the opening round of fixtures while Japan stunned Colombia, who played with 10 men from the fourth minute. And Japan are available at 13/5 with bet365 to beat Senegal here.
This is the second match of Group H between Senegal and Japan, which could prove pivotal in deciding who qualifies from the group. Both sides won their opening group games 2-1 with Japan surprisingly defeating Colombia and Senegal triumphing against Poland.
Japan have failed to keep any clean sheets in their last eight games but equally have netted eleven goals in that run. This game is not likely to be cagey due to both teams making a bright start to the tournament. More than than 2.5 goals at 11/8 from BetFair appears to represent value.
Both teams to score
Japan’s defensive frailties are clear and while Senegal are defensively solid (five clean sheets in nine), they have scored two goals or more in each of their five last competitive matches. The African side possess the quality of Sadio Mane, Mbaye Niang and Mame Biriam Diouf, whose attacking threat usual prevails. Both teams to find the net in this encounter is available at 11/10 from BetFair.
Japan and Senegal will face each other in their second fixture of Group H play. This is a finely balanced group which also includes Poland and Colombia, with all four sides hopeful of progressing.
- This will be the fourth meeting between the sides, with two wins for Senegal and one draw.
The last meeting saw the African side triumph 1-0 in a friendly back in September 2003.
- Sadio Mane has scored 14 international goals for Senegal and the Liverpool forward is regarded as the biggest attacking threat on the pitch, with pace to burn
Senegal World Cup Top Scorer Odds – 11/4 from Bet365
- Senegal are one of only four nations to never lose a World Cup group stage game having qualified for the tournament, alongside Wales, Iceland and East Germany
- Senegal’s victory over Colombia was the first time an African side had defeated a South American team in World Cup history
- Japan are in their sixth consecutive World Cup and are hoping to reach the Second Round for the third time in the last five.
Japan to qualify for second round – 4/7 at BetFair
Japan 0-1 Senegal – International friendly – 10th September 2003
These two nations have met a total of three times, with Senegal winning twice with one draw.
World Cup Qualifiers
Japan are in their sixth consecutive World Cup finals and have advanced to the last 16 on two occasions.
The Samurai Blue have eight players with more than 80 caps – Eiji Kawashima, Yuto Nagatomo, Makoto Hasebe, Keisuke Honda, Maya Yoshida, Yasuyuki Konno, Shinji Kagawa and Shinji Okazaki.
Top Goalscorers in Qualifiers
Keisuke Honda – 7 goals
Shinji Kagawa – 6 Goals
Senegal are appearing the World Cup finals for the second time in their history, having previously reached the quarter-finals in 2002.
One of their stars from 16 years ago, Aliou Cisse, is now at the helm of Les Lions de la Teranga and has stars such as Sadio Mane, Kalidou Koulibaly and Keita Balde to choose from.
Top Goal Scorers in Qualifiers
Diafra Sakho – 2 Goals
Mame Biram Diouf – 2 Goals
16:00 – Ekaterinburg Stadium