By Thomas Reynolds
Last Updated: 24th June 2018
Sunday 24th June
Kick-off: 4:00pm BST
Stadium: Central Stadium, Yekaterinburg
Japan vs Senegal line-ups
Japan – Kawashima; Nagatomo, Shoji, Yoshida, H Sakai; Shibasaki, Hasebe; Inui, Kagawa, Haraguchi; Osako
Senegal – K N’Diaye; Wague, Sane, Koulibaly, Sabaly; Gueye, A N’Diaye, B Ndiaye; Mane, Niang, Sarr
Japan vs Senegal odds
Although both sides were 2-1 victors in the opening round of World Cup Group H fixtures, Senegal are very much the match betting favourites at 13/10, with Japan 12/1 for three points and the draw priced up at odds of 2/1.
Whether the layers have read too much into the fact that Samurai Blue’s success was aided by the early sending off of Colombia midfielder Carlos Sanchez and subsequent penalty is up to you punters to decide.
Japan vs Senegal match stats
The spot-kick that set Japan on their way to a famous win over Colombia last time out shouldn’t come have come as too much of a surprise as it was the fifth awarded in their last seven games.
It was also Borussia Dortmund ace Shinji Kagawa’s second strike in a Japan win their last two outings.
Senegal have been involved in plenty of low-scoring contests during 2017/18, with seven of their last ten fixtures producing under 2.5 goals and a brace of 0-0 draws inside their last five.
Japan vs Senegal key players to watch
FC Cologne striker Yuka Osako was involved in both the decisive moments of Japan’s win against Los Cafeteros, taking the shot that Sanchez handled for the penalty and notching the winner.
He also provide a joint-team-high two key passes and can be backed at 6/1 to score first Akira Nishino’s side.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane, was outshone by his Everton club rival Idrissa Gueye in Senegal’s victory over Poland. Gueye conducted matters for the Lions of Teranga, with a team-high 52 passes.
Yet the Anfield favourite was one of two players in Aliou Cisse’s side to play two key passes and his creativity could make the difference for his defensively diligent teammates.