World Cup 2018 Previews June 24th: England v Panama, Japan v Senegal, Poland v Colombia

Yesterday saw a turn for the better in terms of entertaining football matches, and we hope that today is similar, since England take on Panama in group G, Japan play Senegal in Group H, concluding with Poland v Colombia in the same group.

England v Panama in Group G, is a must win for Panama, which is highly unlikely to happen, and this is a sure fire necessary three points for the Three Lions, who will hope to improve on their late winner against Tunisia in their first match.

Panama will likely have the same line up as against Belgium, now trying to frustrate England with their defensive play, and then attempt to hit England on the counter attack. Gareth Southgate will hope his side can reel in a comfortable win today, and creative midfielder Dele Alli is expected to sit out this match after picking up a slight thigh strain. Crystal Palace loanee Ruben Loftus-Cheek is expected to deputise in the make-shift five man midfield, with wing backs Ashley Young and Kevin Trippier likely to start again, but Danny Rose is pushing for a place in the side soon. But, Ashley Young will likely keep his place, and with Loftus-Cheek to be the only change.

Will Marcus Rashford be chosen ahead of Raheem Sterling, which has been widely reported ahead of this match?  Credit: Dave Shopland/BPI/Rex/Shutterstock

Gary Cahill will also be hopeful to come into the defence and Eric Dier will hope to get a start ahead of Jordan Henderson. The big change may come in Marcus Rashford starting, ahead of Raheem Sterling in attack, alongside Harry Kane.

Match Prediction: England v Panama 3 – 0 or Over 2.5 Goals

In Group H it’s Japan v Senegal, with arguably the two surprise teams in the group so far, coming up against each other. Japan shocked a lacklustre Colombia and won 2-1 in their first match, whilst Senegal did the same against Poland with a 2-1 win. Both sit on three points in the group and whoever wins here, will qualify automatically for the next phase.

Japan won’t make any changes to their side which beat Colombia, with star player Shinji Kagawa hoping to lead his side to yet more glory against the Senegalese.

Kagawa converted the penalty against Colombia in the opening minutes, in the last match. Credit: Independent

Senegal may start Daifra Sakho who would replace Male Biram Diouf up front, to partner scorer M’Baye Niang. Manager Aliou Cisse has become a focal point in the World Cup, as he’s the only black manager in the tournament, plus with a memorable football career, he’s got the football brains to lead Senegal to another victory here.

Former player and manager of Senegal Aliou Cisse, has become an Internet sensation after his celebration against Poland. Credit: Mashable

Match Prediction: Japan v Senegal 1-2 or Result Senegal Both Teams to Score: Yes

The other match in Group H is Poland v Colombia, with both teams needing a victory, which will spark a vicious battle for the win. Poland and Colombia are coming off the back of losses, and Carlos Sanchez is suspended, and William Barrios likely to deputise in the anchor midfield role. James Rodriguez didn’t start the last match due to a lack fitness, but he will start in this key match for the Colombians. He will likely play on the left side of an attacking three midfield, with Juan Quintero in the number “10” role.

James Rodriguez will hope to make it right in this match, after a loss to Japan. Credit: ESPN

Poland will likely field the same side as against Senegal, with Robert Lewandowski eager to score and inspire his team to victory, but Colombia with James Rodriguez, will be wanting to do the same. This will be a closely fought match, with the match being able to go either way.

Can Lewandowski score against Colombia? We think so. Credit: DeustcheWelle

A point in a draw for either side, will put both teams in a dangerous position, however, we expect Poland to bow out early in this World Cup, but with both teams scoring.

Match Prediction: Both Teams to Score or Poland v Colombia 1-2.

 

Story by The Narrator 

Featured Photo Credit: FIFA.com

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