Japan vs Poland: World Cup 2018, Kickoffs, History, Prediction, Betting Odds and Lineup

Jon Snow
Thu Jun,2018
Japan vs Poland: World Cup 2018, Kickoffs, History, Prediction, Betting Odds and Lineup Soccer

Looking for their place secured in the Round of 16, Japan is in the 'must win' condition against Poland this Thursday. Japan vs Poland is going to be the fate-deciding match in Group H stage of World Cup 2018 where the 4 points holder Asian team will try their best to continue their journey in World Cup.

But if Japan draws or loses the match against Poland with no points (defeat in 2 matches), the bridge to the dream is possible to cut off as Group H team: Senegal and Colombia already own 4 and 3 points respectively from 2 matches.

Kickoff time and Broadcasting

Japan and Poland will face each other at the Volgograd Arena, kick-off scheduled for 3 pm BST on June 28 (today).

The live clash of the team can be seen on  BBC 1 and commentary on BBC 5 for English fans, while the country with their membership with FIFA will be able of watching on national channels on television. 

Viewers can stream the match online via the BBC iPlayer, and also from the apple store and play store too.

Prediction and History

As per reports, out to 100% participants, 40% have voted in the win for Japan and 17% win vote for Poland while 43% being placed for a draw match.

It's not the first time Japan being head-to-head to Poland as the teams have clashed 2 times before, where Japan was victorious in both. Japan beat Polan with 5-0 in 1996 and a 2-0 friendly win in 2002.

So, the assumption is still alive in fans, but football indeed is famous for surprising and magical moments, let's not forget that.

Betting Odds: Japan vs Poland 

As per Betfair, the betting odds are subjected as:

  •  Japan to win 1-0: 15/2
  • Poland to win 2-0: 14-1
  • Robert Lewandowski to score first: 10/.3

If you are to place $100 on Japan's win, you will the sum of $287 while for Poland's win the betting amount of $100 turns to $280. The match draw amount wields the highest ratio of 3.1 which will earn $310 in return. 


Even though Eiji Kawashima's mistake gifted Senegal's Sadio Mane an opening goal in the previous match, eventually playing a 2-2 tie, he is likely to represent Japan in the match against Poland.

As there are no fresh injury concerns or fitness doubts for both teams (Japan and Poland), it is assumed that the lineup for the teams will be unchanged.

Japan XI: Eiji Kawashima, Hiroki Sakai, Yoshida, Shoji, Nagatomo, Hasebe, Shibasaki, Haraguchi, Kagawa, Inui, and Osako.

Poland XI: Wojciech Szczesny, Kamil Glik, Michal Pazdan, Lukasz Piszczek, Maciej Rybus, Jacek Goralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski.