2018 FIFA World Cup – Japan vs Senegal Preview

AT A GLANCE

When? Sunday 24th June, 16:00

Where? Central Stadium

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 picked up a vital win in their opening match but they were aided by an early penalty and red card in their match with Colombia and they will face a much tougher test against Senegal.
  • Leicester forward Shinji Okazaki remains an injury doubt but Osako will likely keep his place buoyed by his winning goal in the Colombia match, although in reality that remains a drop in quality.
  • Coach Akira Nishino will likely name the same starting line-up for this match which will see Honda on the bench once again which is probably the best use of the veteran playmaker now.

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

Kawashima

H. Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo

Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Shibasaki

Kagawa, Osako, Inui

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: Okazaki

SENEGAL

  • Senegal also got off to a winning start by beating Poland in their opening match and they produced one of the better performances in the tournament so far with plenty of optimism around the camp.
  • That will surely mean coach Aliou Cisse will name the same 11 for this game but he has plenty of quality options to choose from if he does decide to change things around at all.
  • They will hope that Diouf can find his goalscoring boots at some point as he is something of a weakness but they are likely to give him another match to lead the attack here, and that will not be an issue if he links up play sufficiently and others around him are scoring goals.

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

K. N'Diaye

Wague, Koulibaly, Sane, Sabaly

Sarr, A. N'Diaye, Gueye

Mane, Diouf, Niang

Unavailable: None

Doubtful: None

THE PREDICTION

Both of these teams won their opening match which reduces the pressure on them in this game. In many ways, they may be happy to settle for a point each but Senegal are worth considering in the draw no bet market based on comparing the opening performances of both teams. They good quality around their team, and they were far more impressive than Japan who laboured to victory against Colombia who had ten men for virtually the entire game.