Group H of the 2018 FIFA World Cup will come to a close on 28th June with Japan taking on Poland at the Volgograd Arena. Riding on the back of Robert Lewandowski, Poland will be aiming to seal their round of 16 spots with a win over their not-so-strong Asian opponents. Japan too will be pinning their hopes on two of their key players, Shinji Okazaki and Shinji Kagawa. Group H is not as clear as the other groups with Poland, Japan, Senegal, and Columbia, all matching each other neck to neck. Poland will enter the group as the highest ranked team and will thus have that little edge over their lower-ranked opponents Japan. A win for Japan against the Polish side will change the entire look of the points table of Group H. Though the stats don’t suggest, Japan has got everything to beat any topside on their day.
Japan has always had solid support from their fans despite their poor showing at the mega event. Poland too will be having a huge bunch of fans supporting their national side in Russia on the back of some top-class performances. It is always important for every football fan to get themselves prepared for their side’s matches well ahead of time. With just over 15 days left, that is becoming more and more concerning for every football fan. To every football fan waiting to see the outcome of Group H, here is every single detail you need to know about the last encounter between Japan and Poland.
Given the timing of this match between Poland and Japan, most of the fans from both the countries will have to look for alternatives for watching the match without their TV sets. The outright solution to that is also provided by all the official broadcasters around the globe through their streaming channels on their websites.
Japan vs Poland Live Stream Channels
The match will be streamed live on TBS in Japan and on TVP in Poland. FOX Sports’ official website will stream the match for American fans, Sony LIV for the Asian Subcontinent fans, beIN Sports for fans hailing from France and all the MENA Countries, Canal+, Kwese Sports, and SuperSport in the Sub-Saharan Africa, BBC and ITV in the UK, and DirecTV in the Latin America or the Caribbean as they call it. There are going to be countries where no official stream will be available. For fans from those countries, VPN gateways available on the internet are the best way out. VPN Service Providers like ExpressVPN offer great reach and access to almost all the official stream channels for you to pick from.
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Kickoff time, date and venue
The proceedings in Group H will come to a close with Japan taking on Poland at the Volgograd Arena on 28th June 2018 with the kick-off scheduled on 17:00 local time. Despite the one hour difference in kick-off time, both the Group H matches will start simultaneously. Talking about the venue, Japan vs Poland will be the last of four matches scheduled to be hosted at the 45,568 capacity stadium. Post that it will host the home games for FC Rotor Volgograd.
Poland will have a lot more to bring about the breakdown of Japan than just Robert Lewandowski. Goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny, defenders Glik and Piszczek, Midfielder Kamil Grosicki, and Robert Lewandowski up front will make life difficult for Japan. To beat those names, Japan will be relying on Okazaki, Kagawa, Yoshida, and Honda. Here are the probable 22 names that may fill up the field at the Volgograd Arena come 28th June.
Japan Probable XI
Kawashima (GK); Shoji, Nagatomo, Morishige, Makino; Yamaguchi, Hasebe, Kagawa; Okazaki, Kanazaki, Muto
Poland Probable XI
Fabianski (GK); Piczczek, Glik, Rybus, Pazdan; Grosicki, Krychowiak, Peszko, Góralski; Lewandowski, Milik
The two sides have only met each other once, back in 2002, and Japan ended up as 2-0 winners.
Fans from Japan will have a list of broadcasters to choose from as some media houses have managed to bag the telecasting rights, with TBS leading the pack. In Poland, the scenes are much different as the Japan vs Poland match will be telecasted solely on TVP. In America, the game will be available on FOX Sports, while the fans from Asian Subcontinent will be able to watch it on Sony Six. Canal+, SuperSport, and Kwese Sport will bring the match to the African fans. beIN Sports will telecast the match for fans in all the MENA countries along with France. Mediaset will bring the match to fans in Italy and Spain. All the broadcasters are likely to start their coverage two hours before the kick-off with a preview show covering both Group H games.
With the 2018 FIFA World Cup inching closer with every passing day, predictions from the likes of EA Sports and other big names have started pouring in. As per EA Sports’ prediction, Poland is likely to finish below Columbia in Group H. Which well might indicate a draw for them in this game. However, that is least likely to happen, and a clean routing of Japan is expected when the two sides clash on 28th June. Final scoreline prediction, Japan 0-3 Poland.