2018 FIFA World Cup – Japan vs Poland Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Thursday 28th June, 15:00

Where? Volgograd Arena

What channel is it on? BBC1

Where can I stream the match? BBC license holders can stream the match online via BBC iPlayer

Are tickets still available? https://www.ticketbisevents.com/en/group-h-poland-senegal-colombia-japan-tickets/ca5919

THE TEAM NEWS

JAPAN

  • Japan are currently top of the group and know that a point against Poland will see them qualify for the Round of 16 so morale is high.
  • Coach Akira Nishino has no injury concerns ahead of this match and Shinji Okazaki is fully fit and may come into the side for Osako.
  • Despite coming off the bench to score, Honda may have to be content with the super-sub role once again as no other changes are expected.

Predicted line-up (4-3-3):

Kawashima

H. Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo

Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Shibasaki

Kagawa, Okazaki, Inui

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

POLAND

  • Poland have been eliminated already after two matches and their confidence and general morale in the camp is particularly low.
  • Coach Adam Nawalka has a fully fit squad at his disposal and will likely use this game to give some playing time to some squad players.
  • Bednarek and Glik are likely to be the central defensive duo while Nawalka may decide to leave out key men like Lewandowski.

Predicted line-up (4-4-2):

Szczesny

Piszczek, Bednarek, Glik, Jedrzejczyk

Blaszczykowski, Zielinksi, Linetty, Grosicki

Lewandowski, Kownacki

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Poland are incredibly deflated after being eliminated after just two matches so it is difficult to have any confidence in them against a side with everything to play for. Japan will be fired up here and it is highly unlikely that Poland will be able to lift themselves to compete in this one.