Japan vs Poland betting tips: World Cup match preview & predictions

Japan vs Poland prediction: Japan 1-2 Poland

It’s anyone’s guess as to which Poland side will rock up on Thursday evening. Adam Nawałka’s side have been woeful so far and will be hoping to restore some pride before departing Russia.

I fancy Poland to end their tournament on a high, despite there being little evidence to back that up so far.

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Japan vs Poland: Who will win?

Unsurprisingly, Japan are 13/8 favourites to win the match, while already-eliminated Poland are 19/10 for the win.

Although he’s failed to score so far, Robert Lewandowski is 20/21 to net anytime during the match and 3/1 favourite to score the opening goal of the game.

Japan are 11/8 to win Group H.

Japan vs Poland match preview

Group H leaders Japan face Poland at the Volgograd Arena on Thursday night. Japan have an identical record to Senegal heading into the final game, with both sides on four points.

Senegal face Colombia at the same time on Thursday.

Japan twice came from behind to earn a 2-2 draw against Senegal. Takashi Inui and Keisuke Honda scored for the Samurai Blues. Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in their opening match.

Poland lost 3-0 to Colombia last time out. Their second defeat in a row meant the European side were eliminated from the competition.

Robert Lewandowski

COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – SEPTEMBER 01: A dejected Robert Lewandowski of Poland during the FIFA 2018 World Cup Qualifier between Denmark and Poland at Parken Stadion on September 1, 2017 in Copenhagen. (Photo by Andrew Halseid-Budd/Getty Images)

Group H permutations

Poland cannot qualify for the round of 16, but they still have a role to play in determining who does.

A draw for Japan would confirm their progress to the knockout stage, regardless of the result between Colombia and Senegal.

If Colombia win and Japan lose, Japan could still qualify so long as they lose by fewer goals than Senegal to progress.

The winners and runners-up of Group H will face one of England and Belgium.

Japan team news vs Poland

Akira Nishino has no injury concerns heading into the match. The Japan head coach could name the same starting eleven for a third straight game.

Poland team news vs Japan

After their humiliating defeat against Colombia, Poland could revert back to a 4-2-3-1 system.

Arkadiusz Milik could come back into this side, while Kamil Glik is another option to start after coming off the bench last time out.

Japan predicted line-up vs Poland

Predicted Japan XI vs Poland

Predicted Japan XI vs Poland

Poland predicted line-up vs Japan

Predicted Poland XI vs Japan

Predicted Poland XI vs Japan

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

Japan on Instagram pre Poland match

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日本代表は、26日(火)午後にポーランド戦の開催地のヴォルゴグラードに向け出発。見送りに来てくれたのは、トレーニングパートナーとして帯同してきたU-19日本代表でした。U-19日本代表は27日に帰国するため、これが最後の交流となりました。後輩たちからの「頑張ってきてください」という声に力強い握手で応え#SAMURAIBLUE は決戦の地へ向かいました。 ・ 👆🏻スワイプして次の動画へ ・ 2018FIFAワールドカップロシア グループステージ 第3戦 6月28日(木) 23:00[日本時間] 日本 vs ポーランド ・ #jfa #daihyo #夢を力に2018 #Worldcup #japan @fifaworldcup #川島永嗣 #東口順昭 #中村航輔 #長友佑都 #槙野智章 #吉田麻也 #酒井宏樹 #酒井高徳 #昌子源 #遠藤航 #植田直通 #長谷部誠 #本田圭佑 #乾貴士 #山口蛍 #原口元気 #宇佐美貴史 #柴崎岳 #大島僚太 #香川真司 #岡崎慎司 #武藤嘉紀 #大迫勇也 #西野朗

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Japan to win vs Poland and both teams to score: 4/1!