Both Japan and Senegal has upset their rivals in the first-round games of the Group H, so their head-to-head meeting on Sunday, June 24th, 2018, at Ekaterinburg Arena will define who will have a pole position in a battle for the knock-out phase ahead of the ultimate games of the group stage. Japan has beaten Colombia 2-1 as a +400 underdog, while Senegal has been at +230 against Poland in a 2-1 victory.
Japan vs. Senegal
3-Way: 1: Japan +300; X: +240 Draw; 2: Senegal +110 at BetDSI Sportsbook
Spread +0.5: Japan -130; Senegal +110
Total +2: Over -120; Under +110
Recent Form and Team News
Japan has surprised Colombia in the first match, taking advantage of some chances after Los Cafeteros’ big mistakes at the back. Colombia played with ten-man since the third minute of the match after Carlos Sanchez’s red card, which made Samurai Blue’s job much easier, although Japan was struggling to create dangerous attack at some points. However, in the second half, Japan found the rhythm and deserved three points. It was Japan’s second win in a row after three consecutive losses, while in the previous eight tilts they couldn’t keep the net intact.
Senegal was pretty lucky to beat Poland 2-1, taking the lead after an own goal, while the second one came after Poland’s massive error at the back. The Lions of Teranga put on a strong performance at the back, successfully halting Robert Lewandowski, and allowing just a couple of decent scoring chances in front of their goalie. The conceded from a set-pieces situation after a poor marking which could be a problem in further matches. Senegal has won two out of the last five games along with two draws and one defeat with a goal difference of 5:3.
Players to Watch
The Playmaker Shinji Kagawa had a nice game against Colombia, but it’s still far from his full potential. His creativity will be a key factor against Senegal’s defensive physical play, as Japanese will be under huge pressure when having the possession of the ball. The forward Yuya Osako scored the winner in the first game, so his confidence could make a difference.
The skillful forward M’Baye Niang was arguably Senegal’s best player against Poland, and scoring a winner in a bizarre fashion was a reward for nice performance. Sadio Mane wasn’t at his best in the opening game, so he could be a key figure against Japan.
Betting Trends and Latest Odds
- Japan has a 2-0-3 record with a 7:9 goal difference in the last five games overall
- Japan conceded in eight consecutive matches
- Japan is at -150 to qualify from the Group H
- Japan is a +20000 underdog to beat the 2018 World Cup
- Senegal record a clean sheet in three out of the last five tilts
- Two out of the previous five Senegal’s matches had at least three goals in the total
- Senegal is at -334 to reach the last 16
- Senegal is a +8000 to win the 2018 World Cup title
Japan’s defense looks pretty fragile, and Samurai Blue should suffer against pacey Senegal’s forwards. Likewise, the Lions of Teranga should dominate Japan physically, so I think they will beat Japanese in this clash, while we could easily see some goals as in the first-round games. The bettors who want greater wages should consider betting in the totals in the combination with Senegal’s victory, and check all lines and markets on BetDSI Sportsbook.
The Pick: Senegal (+110)
Additional Pick: Over 2.5 Goals (+135)