Japan v Senegal Betting Tips: Latest odds, team news, preview and predictions
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Shaun Botterill
Our tipster thinks that Aliou Cisse's charges will come out on top in what could prove to be a crucial clash in World Cup Group H on Sunday afternoon

Senegal's showdown with Japan on Sunday could prove pivotal in Group H.

The Lions of Teranga opened their World Cup campaign with a superb 2-1 win against Poland, just hours after the Blue Samarai put ante post group favourites Colombia to the sword.

Victory for either team here will put them within touching distance of a place in the last 16, as with Poland and Colombia due to meet later in the day, three points here could be enough to guarantee progression.

Latest odds

It is Senegal who are bet365's 11/8 (2.38) favourites to claim a vital victory, while the odds compilers offer 5/2 (3.50) that Akira Nishino's team come out on top.

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A draw would leave both teams on edge ahead of their final group games and bet365 go 21/10 (3.10) that the match ends all square.

Team news

Liverpool's Sadio Mane and Everton's Idrissa Gueye will surely start for the Senegalese, while West Ham's Cheikhou Kouyate - Senegal's captain - may have to settle for a place on the bench once again.

Shinji Kagawa and Yuya Ozako were Japan's goal heroes against Colombia and both men are expected to start for the Blue Samarai.

Goals galore?

Both teams celebrated a 2-1 win on Tuesday and bet365 go 10/1 (11.0) that the Lions of Teranga repeat that scoreline here, while the same firm go 14/1 (15.0) that it is Japan who win 2-1 this weekend.

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The odds compilers go 6/4 (2.50) that there are at least three goals in this game, while the same firm offer 21/20 (2.05) that both teams are on target.


Japan will have been delighted with their 2-1 win against Colombia, but Nishino's side laboured at times, despite the South Americans being reduced to 10 men inside three minutes.

Senegal produced a powerful performance to see off Poland and the Lions of Teranga could be celebrating their first World Cup finals win against non-European opposition this weekend.

The 11/8 (2.38) quote from bet365 for Aliou Cisse's side to claim all three points may represent good value for punters ahead of Sunday's crucial clash.

Odds correct at time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

Betting Banner - Best Bet Senegal to win at 11/8 (2.38) for a 1pt stake with bet365

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JPN 1 - 2 COL
JPN 1 - 1 URU
JPN 1 - 1 * CRO
JPN 2 - 1 ESP
JPN 0 - 1 CRC
GER 1 - 2 JPN


MOZ 0 - 1 SEN
SEN 5 - 1 MOZ
ALG 0 - 0 * SEN
SEN 1 - 0 MAD
SEN 1 - 0 MTN
SEN 3 - 0 COD
SEN 0 - 1 UGA
CIV 0 - 1 SEN
ENG 3 - 0 SEN
ECU 1 - 2 SEN
Head to Head
1 Matches (1 Draws)
0 Total wins 0
0 Home wins 0
0 Away wins 0
Last 5 Matches
0 Wins
1 Draw
0 Wins
JPN 2 - 2 SEN
2 Goals Scored 2
Games Over 2.5 Goals 1 / 1
Both Teams Scored 1 / 1
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Match Facts

  1. This will be the fourth meeting between Japan and Senegal, with the African side unbeaten in the previous three (W2 D1, all friendlies).
  2. Japan and Senegal’s most recent encounter was in September 2003, which produced a 1-0 win for the African side in Niigata (Papa Bouba Diop goal).
  3. Japan have won two of their three World Cup games against African opponents, though they did lose the most recent one (1-2 vs Ivory Coast in 2014).
  4. This will be the first time Senegal have faced Asian opponents in a World Cup game.
  5. No Asian nation has ever won both of their opening two games at a World Cup tournament before.
  6. Japan haven’t won consecutive games at the World Cup since 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament with South Korea. On that occasion it was in their second and third game of the group stage (versus Russia and Tunisia).
  7. Senegal have won three of their six World Cup matches. They’ve got the best win rate of any African nation to play in the competition (50%).
  8. Senegal have conceded just five goals in their last nine matches in all competitions, with four of them coming in the second half of games.
  9. Only two African nations have ever won both of their opening two matches to a World Cup tournament – Cameroon in 1990 and Nigeria in 1998.
  10. Keisuke Honda has been directly involved in six of Japan’s last eight goals scored at World Cup tournaments with three goals and three assists.
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