Japan: Kawashima, Uchida, Morishige, Yoshida, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Okazaki, Yamaguchi, Honda, Kagawa & Okubo.
The Japanese press have tipped Yoshito Okubo to replace Yuya Osako, with the former playing well in the defeat to Ivory Coast.
Greece: Karnezis, Tzavelas, Torosidis, Papastathopoulos, Manolas, Katsouranis, Kone, Maniatis, Samaras, Mitroglu & Fetfatzidis.
Fernando Santos is expected to bring in the trio of Georgios Tzavelas, Kostas Mitroglou and Ioannis Fetfatzidis.
101GG Betting Tip:
The two opening day losers from Group C meet in Natal to get their World Cup campaigns up and running.
Japan were actually fairly impressive against Ivory Coast but were rocked by the physicality of Didier Drogba and two goals in quick succession in the second half.
Greece meanwhile were outplayed by Colombia in their opener but at least the Euro 2004 champions showed a bit more attacking intent that we usually associate with one of the most defensive teams in international football.
Japan will be looking to their twin playmaker threats of Shinji Kagawa and Keisuke Honda.
The trouble for Alberto Zaccheroni’s side is that they are often great to watch in the middle of the park but are not quite solid enough defensively and don’t have the cutting edge to make their fine football count.
But, Japan will confident of playing Greece off the park, with their opposition one of the weakest qualifiers from Europe.
Perhaps Greece’s best opportunity rests with Kostas Mitroglu who banged in the goals at Olympiakos before joining Fulham.
The physical approach worked for Drogba and the Ivory Coast, this may well be the way to go for Greece as well. Especially as Georgios Samaras has been known to ruffle defences in his time too.
101gg prediction: Japan 2 – Greece 1.
Some essential facts and stats to help with online betting on Japan v Greece
Japan and Greece have never met in a World Cup match before.
The only international match between these two sides was in 2005 at the Confederations Cup – Japan won 1-0.
Greece’s historical record at the World Cup is woeful: Greece have won 1 and lost six of their seven World Cup games. They have failed to score in six of those seven matches.
Keisuke Honda is Japan’s highest goalscorer in World Cup history with 3 goals.