Pride and survival will be on the line when Japan lock horns with Poland in their last group game at the Volgograd Arena.
Poland’s defeat to Senegal followed by another at the hands of Colombia means they are officially out of the competition regardless of how this match plays out.
Japan outmuscled a ten-man Colombia in their first fixture before coming from behind to get a share of the spoils against Senegal, who they are now level on points with.
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PREDICTION AND BETTING TIPS
Japan defeated Poland by two goals to nothing the last time they met back in 2002. This will be their second ever meeting, and as it looks, no one is a clear favourite to take all three points. Japan, however, go into the game on the back of two wins in three games while Poland have only one over the same number of fixtures.
The odds for a Japan win are set at 15/8 while that for a Poland win are 9/5. A draw – which we think is pretty likely to happen – is down at 21/10.
Robert Lewandowski will go home a disappointed man if he doesn’t get a goal today. His first two games were as abysmal as his entire team’s performance, something he would certainly want to change today by registering his name on the scoresheet. He has been quoted at 11/10 to find the back of the net and 16/5 to score the first goal of the match. Former Manchester United midfielder Shinji Kagawa is a 6/1 bet to open the scoring and 5/2 to score anytime ahead of Shinji Okazaki, Lukasz Teodorczyk and Arkadiusz Milik who are all 6/1 bets to open the scoring and 13/5 to score anytime. Keisuke Honda and Yuya Osako are both 13/2 and 11/4 to break the deadlock and score anytime respectively.
OVER/UNDER 2.5 MATCH GOALS
The opening two games for either side produced more than two goals – something you may find useful while staking in this market. Basically, we expect an attacking approach to the game from both teams – the usual recipe for thrillers.
The prospect of an over 2.5 goals scoreline has been priced at a lucrative 11/10 while the contrary is up at 3/4.
BOTH TEAMS TO SCORE
Akira Nishino’s men haven’t kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine fixtures. Poland, on the other hand, have managed only one clean sheet over their last seven fixtures. That shows that, in addiction to both teams struggling to score goals and get wins, their defense lines aren’t doing enough to stop even the weakest of opponents from finding the back of the net. We don’t fancy that to change today with both gaffers expected to go into the game with an attack-minded mentality. Betfair have set the prospect of neither or only one of the teams to score at EVS. The contrary is a less likely 5/6.