An intriguing battle set to occur in group H of FIFA World Cup 2018 tournament this Sunday as two underdogs, Japan and Senegal are both targeting all three points.
Both teams surprisingly won their opening fixtures, so now they are on the verge of advancing into the next stage, which will most likely happen if they grab maximum points this weekend.
The Blue Samurai snatched a 2-1 win against 10-men Colombia and now hoping another positive result will go their way as they face up Senegal.
It won’t be an easy task for Japan as they should be facing another physical and technical battle, which can be very exhausting.
Head coach Akira Nishino emphasizing the importance of team unit for his team, something that the Blue Samurai will continue to practice against their African counterpart.
Meanwhile, The Lions of Teranga certainly hoping that they can continue their performance during their 2-1 victory over Poland.
Getting all three points certainly a massive target for Aliou Cisse’s side, but they understand it won’t be a walk in the park against Japan.
Knowing that winning the game will ensure their spot in the knock out stage, Cisse will be hoping that his players can replicate the same kind of discipline and attitude they put out in the first game.
However, the tactician also keen on seeing his side improving their finishing as that could prove to be decisive for them in achieving their target.
Probable starting line up:
Japan: Eiji Kawashima(g); Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki, Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako.
Senegal: Khadim Ndiaye(g); Moussa Wague, Salif Sane, Kalidou Koulibaly, Lamine Gassama; Ismaila Sarr, Alfred Ndiaye, Idrissa Gane Gueye, Sadio Mane; Mame Diouf, Mbaye Niang.