Day 15 of the FIFA World Cup will also be the last day of Group matches. It will open with Japan taking on Poland at the Volgograd Arena.
What’s their current form?
Japan opened their FIFA World Cup campaign with a surprising 2-1 victory over Colombia. In the second game they were kept to a 2 all draw with Senegal. They need a draw here to advance.
Poland have already been eliminated after losing both games. In the first clash they went down to Senegal 2-1 before losing to Colombia 3-0.
Japan: Kawashima; Endo, Ueda, Shoji, Sakai; Shibasaki, Yamaguchi; Muto, Kagawa, Inui; Okazaki.
Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Rybus; Krychowiak, Linetty; Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Grosicki; Lewandowski.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Japan has scored 8 goals in their last 3 games.
What should I be betting on?
Japan to do just enough to advance to the knockout stage in a tight contest.
A point will be enough to see Japan through to the knockout stages but The Wolf says to beware of the walking wounded. Poland will not be handing the Japanese a free pass and with their flights home already booked, the shackles will be off. Consequently, The Wolf believes this one will be open and played at a breakneck tempo. Over 2.5 goals is 5-0 in Poland’s last 5 games and 5-1 in Japan’s last 6 World Cup matches. Japan have struggled against European nations in recent time with losses to Belgium, Switzerland and Ukraine all in the last 6 months. 11 of 12 final group games to date have had 2 or more goals and this one will see that trend continue.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 5pm (local time) on June 28. In Australia, kick-off will be at midnight on June 29th.
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? Both sides are fully fit.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? These sides have met just twice, with both games resulting in comfortable wins for Japan. Their first match was a 5-0 win in 1996 and their second clash saw Japan win 2-0 in 2002.