Stadium: Ekaterinburg Arena
TV: BBC One
Japan and Senegal both upset the odds to win their opening World Cup matches but we reckon the Lions of Teranga are better equipped to build on a bright start.
The African outfit edged out Poland 2-1 in Moscow, while the Samurai Blue beat Colombia by the same scoreline in Saransk.
Each enjoyed some good fortune, but we were more impressed with Senegal’s overall play.
They get the nod at 11/10 to prevail here in our first Japan vs Senegal prediction.
A Look At Japan’s Betting Odds
Japan received a double boost early on when Colombia had Carlos Sanchez sent off for handling Shinji Kagawa’s shot and the Borussia Dortmund playmaker slotted home the resulting penalty.
Juan Quintero’s free-kick levelled the scores before half-time, but Yuya Osako’s 73rd-minute header secured all three points for the Samurai Blue.
“I said at half-time that if we can keep the ball moving, we can deprive the Colombia players of their stamina,” said head coach Akira Nishino.
Japan should again be lively going forward but we believe they will be vulnerable at the back in an even contest.
A Look At Senegal’s Betting Odds
Senegal also enjoyed the rub of the green when beating Poland, as the first goal came when defender Thiago Cionek deflected a wayward Idrissa Gueye shot past Wojciech Szczesny.
The second was the result of mix-up involving Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jan Bednarek and the cursed Szczesny, which left M’Baye Niang with an open goal.
However, they deserved a bit of luck as reward for a performance described as “disciplined, compact and aggressive” by manager Aliou Cisse.
The coach added: “They had more of the ball but every time they made a mistake we hit them and forced them back.”
Niang, who has had loan spells with Watford and Torino since joining AC Milan, really caught the eye with his powerful running.
Liverpool star Sadio Mane is Senegal’s headline act, though, and we’re taking 25/1 for him to strike first in a 2-1 win to complete our Japan vs Senegal betting tips.
Colombia 1-2 JAPAN – Kagawa (pen), Osako
Poland 1-2 SENEGAL – Cionek (og), Niang
Head-to-head: Japan 2-2 Senegal, Senegal 2-0 Japan, Japan 0-1 Senegal
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