Japan v Poland Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Blue Samurai to avoid defeat

Japan v Poland- World Cup 2018

Japan v Poland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 28th June – 3.00 p.m

Japan head up Group H going into the final round of matches and the Blue Samurai just have to avoid defeat in this game to ensure that they make it through to the next round. What will help them is that Poland doesn’t have anything to play for because they have been eliminated. It has been a highly disappointing campaign from Poland who may just give some of their squad players a run-out. Our predictions for Japan v Poland can see the Asian nation sticking in there.

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Japan deserve full credit for playing their way into this position as they only need to get a draw out of the game to qualify for the round of sixteen. In this competitive Group H Japan were the rank outsiders ahead of the tournament. Now they just need a point and they have shown the kind of character so far that suggests that they can get it. They pulled out a 2-1 shock win over Colombia in their opening game, taking full advantage of the South Americans picking up a red card in the first five minutes. Even with the game at 1-1 Japan never stopped plugging away until they got their winner. Then they took a 2-2 draw against Senegal, so it is worth looking at both teams to score in this one which is 4/5 odds at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.).

Japan have shown plenty of grit and fearlessness at times and they twice fought back from a goal down to get their draw against Senegal. Here they are taking on Poland who have already been eliminated from qualification hopes, so things are set up well for Japan here in terms of final fixtures. The Blue Samurai are W2 D2 L2 in their last six games and they have scored exactly two goals in each of their last three games (W2 D1). So there is some form there for them, but they have conceded in each of their last eight games so their defence is a worry. All but one of their last five games have ended over 2.5 goals.

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It has been a disappointing campaign from Poland who were expected to make a good run at winning this group. It hasn’t gone their way and despite rattling off 20 shots in their two games they have come up short. They were edged out by Senegal in their opening game despite being on top in that game, but they couldn’t get service to Robert Lewandowski. Then against Colombia, they fell apart badly as the South Americans trounced them 3-0 to knock them out. The big hope was Robert Lewandowski but he hasn’t even gotten on the scoresheet yet and he is the 20/21 anytime goalscorer favourite at bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.) for this one. Poland’s form over their last six games reads W2 D1 L3.

Poland were actually pretty strong through their qualification campaign to reach Russia 2018 but since booking qualification, their output has dropped significantly. They have only picked up the two wins in their last eight games and they failed to score in half of those. Considering how free they were in front of goal during qualification it has been a surprise. But they also have big problems at the back as well. Poland have shipped at least two goals in each of their last five games now, so they are vulnerable back there and the pace of Japan could rattle them. Over 2.5 goals at bet365 looks a very solid betting prediction for Japan v Poland and that is at a great quote of 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.).

Japan v Poland Head to Head

This will be the third meeting between Poland and Japan, with the Asian nation having won both previous clashes. Japan scored 5-0 and 2-0 wins over Poland from those previous meetings the most recent meeting between then was in March 2002.

Japan v Poland Betting Odds*

Japan 8/5
Poland 21/10
Draw 21/10
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 25th, 2018 at 11:43 p.m.)

Japan v Poland Predictions

Japan may have what it takes to battle out a draw in this one. They showed great fighting spirit in their draw with Senegal in their last match and against a disinterested Poland side, the Blue Samurai can avoid defeat. Back the draw in the match outright.