Japan vs Senegal | Betting Tips, Predictions & Odds
Group G rivals Japan and Senegal go head-to-head on Sunday afternoon, with both sides looking to make it two wins from two matches in Yekaterinburg. With little separating the duo ahead of kick-off, a close encounter is certainly expected, with two differing styles clashing at the Ekaterinburg Arena.
Japan take on Senegal on Sunday afternoon, with both teams coming into the match off the back of impressive victories in their opening match in Russia. There is little separating the duo ahead of kick-off as a result, with Japan hoping to cause another shock following their win over Colombia. A win for either side would all-but confirm their place in the knockout stages of the World Cup, providing huge motivation for the duo. For those still unsure of who to back ahead of kick-off, be sure to check out our top betting tip below. However, let’s first take a closer look at the two teams, starting with Japan.
Japan Team News & Form
Japan defeated 10-man Colombia 2-1 in their opening match, defying some of their pre-tournament critics in the process. The Asian giants will have to be at their best to make it two wins from two however, with manager Akira Nishino set to name the same starting eleven that featured from the off last time around. Former Manchester United man Shinji Kagawa provides a significant attacking threat, while Southampton’s Maya Yoshida will be tasked with stopping Senegal’s talented goalscoring threats.
Senegal Team News & Form
An own goal and a striker from M’Baye Niang helped Senegal to a 2-1 victory over Poland in their opening Group G match, with the African side undoubtedly hoping to continue their good recent form. Senegal have a host of English-based players in their squad, including Liverpool flyer Sadio Mane and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye. The away side have lost just two of their last 12 matches in all competitions.
Japan vs Senegal Head to Head
The two nations have met just three times in the past, however their last encounter dates back to 2003, meaning that few conclusions can be made when it comes to their head-to-head record. Japan are still searching for their first win over Senegal, with the African side having won the last two clashes between the duo, without conceding a single goal in the process.
Japan vs Senegal Betting Odds and Predictions
Their performance during their impressive win over Poland and number of talented players means that it comes as little surprise that Senegal are the narrow favourites for victory with all major online bookmakers. The African giants are available to back at odds of 27/20 with William Hill, while Japan are priced at 13/5 on the same platform to claim a second straight victory. Meanwhile, a draw after 90 minutes is available at 21/10 with Paddy Power.
Top Japan vs Senegal Betting Tip
However, our top betting tip for the match is to bet on over 2.5 goals being scored during the 90 minutes at the Ekaterinburg Arena, a market is available at a best price of 6/4 with 888Sport.