Match: Japan and Senegal
Competition: World Cup 2018 Group H
Time / Date: 18:00h / 24 June 2018
Venue: Yekaterinburg Central Stadium.
Japan and Senegal filed unlikely triumphs over Colombia and Poland by a similar 2-1 margin in their group opener and one of these sides could edge nearby to knockout qualification on Sunday.
Japan vs Senegal Match Preview
Japan hit ten-man Colombia 2-1 with goals by Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Osako. Operating in a new style and configuration (4-2-3-1) related to the 2014 World Cup, the ‘Blue Samurai’ bent on endurance to kick-start with a win, after having lost three in five pre-World Cup friendlies (W1, D1, L3).
Senegal’s wasn’t a simple triumph either, but on the other hand, they weren’t favoured with the chance to compete versus ten men for 87 minutes. Notwithstanding that, they still maintained to produce an upset as they deservedly overcame the Robert Lewandowski and Poland to massively boost their chances of qualification to the knockout stages.
Japan vs Senegal Head-to-head (H2H)
These two teams have met each other three times, with Senegal winning double and drawing once in their trio of friendly meetings.
Japan vs Senegal Team News
Japan have no idea to make any changes after picking an awesome 2-1 win over Colombia in their World Cup opener.
Kawashima , Nagatomo, Makino, Yoshida, Sakai , Shibasaki, Hasebe Inui, Haraguchi, Kagawa , Osako.
Alio Cisse adopted a 4-4-2 formation in the first game modifies of the attacking threat of Poland. He is supposed to return back to 4-2-3-1 formation versus a less superior opposition like Japan.
N’Diaye , Sabaly, Koulibaly, Sane, Wague , N’Diaye, Gueye , Sarr, Niang, Sane , Sakho.
Japan vs Senegal Stats and Streaks
- This will be the first time Senegal have faced Asian opponents in a World Cup game.
- Senegal have scored at least two goals in seven of their last ten competitive matches.
- Japan have scored more than one goal in just two of their last 12 matches in WC finals.
Japan vs Senegal Prediction
Senegal have just lost one of their last 11 matches and will be hopeful of continuing their good form on Sunday.