Two of the opening match winners face off in Group H with both teams sure to be fully aware that a win here, would almost guarantee them a place in the last 16. Japan, helped by an early Colombian red card, showed real endeavour in their 2-1 win whilst Senegal provided a huge shock in their 2-1 win over Poland, meaning both sides will come into this one – full of confidence.
FIFA World Cup – Group H – Japan vs Senegal – Ekaterinburg Arena.
Sunday 24th June 2018
Kick-off: 16.00 GMT
- Japan – Best Odds – 14/5 (Ladbrokes)
- Senegal – Best Odds – 21/20 (Coral)
- Draw – Best Odds – 11/5 (Betfred)
Japan enjoyed the perfect start to their World Cup campaign – beating Colombia 2-1 in an entertaining tie that has left them with a great chance of progressing from the group. A win over fellow opening day winners Senegal here would all but guarantee their place in the knockout stages – for the first time since 2010. Shinji Kagawa got the ball rolling against Colombia with his ice cool penalty and he will be hoping to add to his international tally of 31.
Senegal pulled of a remarkable win over Poland in their opening game and look to be well set to progress to the knockout stages. Their dynamic squad looks to have all the hallmarks of their infamous 2002 team that performed so admirably and they will be eager to progress with a win here. Sadio Mane captains the national side and the Liverpool man is always a threat in any game he plays and he’ll be looking to add to his goal record of 14 goals in 53 games.
Head to Head
Perhaps unsurprisingly due to geographical locations of these two teams, this is the first meeting between the sides in international football.
Odds and Predictions
With opening day wins under their belts, both sides will be keen to carry on their good form and will arrive full of confidence.
Both teams to score – YES – looks a very good bet at 21/20 with Coral.
Sadio Mane is always a threat for Senegal and will be looking to score his first World Cup goal here.
Sadio Mane to score anytime looks a really wise punt at 13/10 with BetBright. Have a look at this BetBright sports review.
Both sides profited on opponent mistakes in previous games and this one could be a cagey affair.
Under 2.5 goals in the game looks worth a gamble at 4/7 with Betway.
With a win under their belts for both sides, this could be a case of not losing between two well-matched teams.
The match to finish as a draw looks a super bet at 11/5 with Betfred.
Senegal 1 – 1 Japan – 11/2 with 888 Sport.
Top Betting Tip
This could be a very watchable game between two sides, who’ve already tasted success at this World Cup. The match to finish as a draw and both teams to score is an excellent punt at 4/1 with Bet Victor. More best betting sites uk here.