World Cup Match 31: Japan v Senegal

This second match on Day 11 will be between first round winners Japan and Senegal at the Ekaterinburg Arena.

Stats

What’s their current form?
Japan beat Colombia 2-1 in their opening game, thanks to Osako scoring the match winner late in the game.

Senegal also won 2-1 in their opening game against Poland, however it was not as convincing, given their first goal came from an own goal.

Lineups
Japan: Kawashima; Endo, Ueda, Shoji, Sakai; Shibasaki, Yamaguchi; Muto, Kagawa, Inui; Okazaki.
Senegal: K.N’Diaye; Wague, Koulibaly, Sane, Sabaly; Gueye, Kouyate, A.N’Diaye; Mane, Sakho, Konate.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Senegal have had 2 wins and a draw against Japan in their last 3 clashes.

What should I be betting on?
Senegal to score the match winner in the second half.

Wolf’s Prediction

The Wolf tipped Senegal to qualify for the knockout stages and they looks set to take complete control of this group. Japan were responsible for one of the upsets of the tournament with their win over Colombia but they got more than enough help with Colombia having to play almost the entire game with 10 men. They still managed to make it very difficult for Japan but not as difficult as it will be against Senegal. The Wolf made note of the African’s side superior strength and abundance of speed on the flanks. Both were on full display against Poland and against a much smaller Japanese side he expects them to be in complete control. We saw 44% of their attack go down the left with Mane and Niang – a number that could increase even further. Japan have conceded in 7 of their last 10 World Cup group games and most definitely will not be keeping a clean sheet in this one.

Recommended Bets

Best: Over 2.5 goals ($2.30)
Other: HT/FT – Senegal/Senegal ($3.50)
Pump it Up Special: Senegal 2+ goals, Japan 1+ ($4.25)


FAQ’s

TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 8pm (local time) on June 24. In Australia, kick-off will be at 3am on June 25th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Senegal’s defender Saliou Cisse has not recovered from his ankle injury, which was sustained in the warm up match prior to the World Cup. He has been replaced by Adama Mbengue.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? There have been three games between these sides. They first met in 1987 and played out a 2 all draw. Senegal won the next two meetings; 2-0 in 2001 and most recently, 1-0 in 2003.

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