Japan v Senegal Predictions & Betting Odds – World Cup 2018

Goals to come, but a winner?

Japan v Senegal- World Cup 2018

Japan v Senegal Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 24th June – 4.00 p.m

This is going to be an interesting clash in Group H because both of these pulled out surprise wins in their opening group stage match, Japan taking down Colombia and Senegal getting the better of Poland. So the winner of this one will now find themselves booking a place in the round of sixteen. Which will it be?

Japan News and Form

Not many punters would have been looking at Japan to win their opening Group H game against Colombia, although there were signs that South Americans aren’t as strong as they were expected to be. But an early red card for Colombia helped Japan’s cause immensely but still, they had to fight to produce a winner in a 2-1 victory. That was a huge three points for them now and it boosts their current form to back to back wins which was after losing three in a row prior to that.

Japan v Senegal 2018 Infographic

They deserve some credit for the way that they stuck in there and kept going to find their winner and although on paper this will look to most as being a low scoring game, we are predicting some goals to flow in this one. Over 2.5 goals is at 7/5 odds with bet365* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) and that is because mistakes look likely to be made in both defences. Japan don’t have a clean sheet in any of their last six games and in four of their last five played they have conceded exactly two goals. They were the favourites to end up with the wooden spoon in this group and now they could win it.

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Senegal News and Form

Senegal have won back to back games like Japan have done and that was after a run of indifferent form that they put on the board. Senegal collected a 2-1 win over Poland in their opener and it was a strange game really from them really because they were second best all over the pitch. But they got their rewards at the end of the day through opportunism and enterprise. The one area in which they did stand out though was their big centre-halves totally shutting down Robert Lewandowski which is no mean feat. But they did concede a lot of possession in the game and they will be facing a different challenge in this one against a Japan side who will move the ball a bit quicker. Senegal have scored in four of their last six games but didn’t look a major threat against Poland. The 1-1 draw is the shortest-priced option in the bet365 correct score market* (Betting Odds were taken from June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.) but that is hard to pick up value on because this game is hard to read. The safer option for Japan v Senegal predictions may be to go with the both teams to score option. This should be an intriguing battle.

Japan v Senegal Head to Head

Twice before these two have met and neither of those were competitive match ups. Senegal collected a clean sheet victory in both of those previous meetings.

Japan v Senegal Betting Odds*

Senegal 13/10
Draw 11/5
Japan 13/5
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 21st, 2018 at 8:46 p.m.)

Japan v Senegal Predictions

This should be an energetic scrap between two sides with a huge prize in their sights now. Japan did so well against Colombia but they had the advantage of the extra man for long periods. Senegal were second best in just about every department in their win over Poland, so our prediction for Japan v Senegal is going to be a draw.