World Cup 2018: Group H Preview as Japan and Senegal eye to confirm qualification

Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski will be the men to watch from the matches.


The battle for supremacy intensifies in Group H as the four teams lock horns to gain advantages ahead of the final round of the group league matches. Japan will play against Senegal while Poland and Colombia meet each other, which will be a battle of survival.

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The match is on Sunday and will be played in Yekaterinburg Stadium.

Both the sides started the campaign with unexpected victories, as Japan shocked Colombia and the latter overcame Poland. A win for either team will take them to the pole position of finishing as group champions. The Africans ae high in confidence as the likes of Mane, Niang and Gueye will be eyeing to trouble the Japanese defense. On the other hand, Kagawa and his troops will be looking to get something out of this match to maintain their chances of qualifying for the knock out stages.

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Kawashima is expected to be under the sticks for Japan, while the Senegal coach may opt for a 4-4-2 formation with two strikers up front.

Probable Line Up:

Japan: Kawashima; Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui; Osaka

Senegal: N’Diaye; Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Sarr, A. N’Diaye, Gueye, Mane; Konate, Niang

Betting Odds:

Japan: 12/5
Draw: 21/5
Senegal: 13/10


The match will be on Sunday at the Kazan Arena in Kazan.

This will be a battle for survival for both the teams, as a positive result is must for them and a loss will mean a big chance of exit from the tournament. Both the countries were favorite to qualify from the group, but they are in a huge spot of bother and they need to rectify that.

Colombia will be missing Carlos Sanchez who was sent off last match, and James Rodriguez is again available for them. For the European side, Robert Lewandowski was no near of his best and he will be eyeing to change that against the South Americans. But Los Cafeteros have advantage in the sense that they have won all the last three encounters between the two teams. A win for either team will take them right back in it while a loss means return tickets almost confirmed.

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Probable Line Up:

Poland: Szczesny; Glik; Pazdan, Piszczek; Rybus, Goralski, Krychowiak, Bereszyniski; Grosicki, Zielinski, Lewandowski​

Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Zapata, Murillo, Mojica; Aguilar, Barrios; Cuadrado, James, Muriel; Falcao

Betting Odds:

Poland: 23/10
Draw: 12/5
Colombia: 5/4

TV Guide:

The matches will be live on SONY TEN 2 and TEN 3 on Sunday for the Indian viewers. Japan vs Senegal starts from 20.30 IST and Poland vs Colombia starts from 23.30 IST.