Japan are inching closer to get themselves into securing a spot in the knock out stage of FIFA World Cup 2018, but before getting there the Blue Samurai must overcome Poland.
Playing against side that doesn’t have much to play for might not be an easy task for Akira Nishino’s men as their opponent will go into the pitch with no pressure whatsoever.
Although Japan only needing a point to secure qualification, Nishino’s side will be pushing for all three points, since it can be risky for any team to play for a draw.
It won’t be an easy ride for the Asian representative, but they are keen on giving their all so they can fulfill their ambition to compete in the last 16 of the tournament.
Meanwhile, Poland themselves will try to restore some pride following their disappointing performances in their previous two games.
Losing two matches already, Adam Nawalka’s side heading for an early exit from the tournament, but there’s some pride left for the European side to be preserve.
Picking up another defeat would mean that Robert Lewandowski and co will be experiencing their worst result in World Cup ever, so they certainly don’t want to feel that kind of experience.
Probable starting line up:
Japan: Eiji Kawashima; Hiroki Sakai, Maya Yoshida, Gen Shoji, Yuto Nagatomo; Makoto Hasebe, Gaku Shibasaki; Genki Haraguchi, Shinji Kagawa, Takashi Inui; Yuya Osako.
Poland: Lukasz Fabianski; Lukas Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Jan Bednarek; Bartosz Bereszynski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jacek Goralski, Maciej Pybus; Piotr Zielinski, Robert Lewandowski, Kamil Grosicki