Japan vs Senegal PREVIEW & PREDICTION 24/06/2018


Start the second date of the group “H” and this time we will talk about the Japan vs Senegal forecast. There is no clear favorite on this occasion, as the two teams are even despite having a different game philosophy. For that reason and knowing that in play is to achieve its classification in the 8th of the end, we believe that the option “plus 1.5 goals” is interesting to bet. Remember that the Japanese are effective despite not being overwhelming and that Africans know what they play, beyond their ingenuity in the development. Paint to be a duel with spaces at certain times, breaking the balance that will be in the first 20 ‘minutes of play.


The Japanese come toned to this game after beating 1-2 Colombians and add 3 vital points in their fight for the classification in the 8th final. The team was effective, orderly and highly tactical between the lines. He was able to take advantage of the advantage he had when playing with one more man since the beginning of the first half, now his goal is to add a draw or a win that will leave him closer and closer in the next stage. Of course, the Asians should be careful of the physical strength of their rival, which is really impressive at the time of scoring and colliding with them in friction plays.

For this match, coach Nishino will keep the 4-2-3-1 system that gave results to the “coffee growers”. The ideal is that the experienced Sakai and Nagatomo sides can project and take advantage of its dynamics to overcome the Africans. In the midfield, Hasebe and Shibasaki will be in charge of scoring and generating the necessary football to put together the goal plays. Above, the trident of flyers formed by Inui, Kagawa and Haraguchi has a highly offensive vocation, which is complemented very well with the contribution of striker Osako (author of the second goal of the Nippon against the South Americans).


The present of the Africans is more than encouraging, as they managed to win their first World Cup game and perhaps the strongest rival of the group. With 3 points in the table, the goal of the squad is to add a victory to secure their place at the 8th of the end. In theory the Japanese are the weakest in the fight to qualify for the next stage of the World Cup. Therefore, this way they have beaten the Colombians, it is logical to think that the boys of Aliou Cissé go out with everything to liquidate a rival that also has chances to pass. It is hoped that the physical strength of the Senegalese will allow them to overcome the Asians and achieve with it a greater offensive volume.

If we try to visualize what will happen on the pitch, we believe that coach Cissé will once again use the 4-4-2 system he presented to the Poles. The positive thing about this team is that the transition between defense-attack and attack-defense is carried out in a balanced way and without losing the roles. Therefore, we should not be surprised if he can stop attacking and from nothing create a goal situation. He does not need to handle the ball much to be able to cause danger in the opposite area. It is enough to know that Mané, Diouf and Niang can appear at any time to trust in the imbalance they can achieve.

The only game that both teams played was almost 15 years ago, no matter the result for the analysis of our pick (0-1 African victory in September 2003).


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