Today’s Predictions: Japan vs Poland
Japan 0 – 1 Poland
The 45th match of the FIFA World Cup 2018 will take place between Poland and a spirited Japanese side, aiming to qualify.
- Date : 28th June 2018
- Time 7:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Volgograd Stadium
Poland have traditionally had strong qualifying campaigns, but have yet to fully transfer that form to major international tournaments. They have already been knocked out after back to back defeats, while Japan still have a great chance of qualifying with 4 points in 2 matches.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Poland dominated their way through the qualifiers, as is often the case with them, primarily due to the brilliance of their marquee forward Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16 goals along the way. They topped an easy group containing Denmark and Montenegro as their main challengers, scoring 27 goals in the process. However, their defence is weak and they conceded 14 goals as well, including a devastating 4-0 defeat to Denmark.
Japan cruised past their initial qualifying group, winning all their games after drawing the first one 0-0 with Singapore. In the third round, they faced a huge hiccup as UAE beat them at home, however they recovered and earned a huge win over Saudi Arabia also, before a huge 2-0 win over Australia (their first win over them in 8 attempts), secured automatic qualification for them.
Poland have been in decent form of late, with their latest results also proving that their defence is a major weakness when compared to their brilliant attack. They got two wins against Lithuania and South Korea, however the Asian side still managed to score twice against them. While they had a high scoring draw against Chile, a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria was met with great disappointment.
Japan have endured a miserable run of form of late, with 4 defeats in their last 6 matches. The only shining light is that they comprehensively defeated Paraguay 4-2 in their most recent fixture. A 1-1 draw to Mali aside, they have sufferance consecutive defeats to Belgium, Switzerland, Ghana and Ukraine, scoring just 1 goal in those 4 matches, while conceding 7, which is a huge cause of worry for their fans.
Japan vs Poland World Cup So Far
Poland endured a disappointing defeat to a highly impressive Senegal side, which produced an energetic performance that left the Polish players in tatters. They simply could not match the Africans’ speed and physicality overall, constantly getting outrun in the middle. Their second game was even worse, as they were no match for a rampant Colombian side, who trounced them 3-0, knocking them out of the tournament.
Japan caused a huge upset of their own with a massive win against the much-fancied Colombia. Japan got a penalty very early on in the game, with Colombia’s Sanchez also getting sent off for a deliberate handball, giving Japan a very important numerical advantage. They kept their nerves and eventually won the game 2-1. In their second game, Japan showed great spirit to make an inspirational comeback and tie the game 2-2 in the dying minutes.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met just once before, with Japan beating Poland 2-0 in a 2002 friendly.
Poland were dealt a massive blow, when their best defender Kamil Glik was ruled out of the tournament through a broken shoulder. However he has now been deemed fit enough to play their third group game, and any further games should they qualify. Other stalwarts like Blaszczykowski and Milik have been battling long term injuries as well, making their fans worried.
Japan’s biggest worry in recent times has been the fitness of their inspirational captain Makoto Hasebe, who spent the entire 2017/18 season out with injury, however, he has been declared fit for this tournament. Several youngsters, such as Takuma Asano and Yuya Kubo will be making their debuts at the Fifa World Cup 2018.
Players To Watch Out For
Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the standout player in this Polish side, as he was the top scorer in the European qualifiers as well, and boasts of an exemplary prolific career at Dortmund and Bayern Munich both. Arkadiusz Milik is another brilliant forward whose career has been blighted by frequent injuries. However, if he’s fully fit he can be the perfect partner for Lewandowski up front and cause real problems for their opponents.
For Japan, veteran goalkeeper Kawashima is back as the first choice keeper, while other stalwarts like Keisuke Honda and Shinji Kagawa are still around to carry their nation forward with their experience. Leicester’s Shinji Okazaki is their best hope in attack, while Southampton’s Maya Yoshida is a rock at the back.
Japan vs Poland Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Poland are making an 8th appearance in the World Cup, with their best ever finish being 3rd, in 1974 and 1982.
- Japan’s first ever world cup was as recently as 1998. They have never made it beyond the round of 16, and failed to qualify from their group at the 2014 World Cup.
- Japan are slight favourites in this clash, however Poland will be looking to give their fans some solace by truly turning up for this game. We recommend betting on a draw in this game.
- Poland failed to qualify for the last two world cups, and have already been knocked out of this World Cup.
- Both teams to score market is an attractive option according to us.
Poland have a strong team on paper but all their attacking players have been misfiring. Japan have shown great spirit and a draw here will be enough for them to go through.
Our Predicted Score line : Japan 1-1 Poland.