World Cup 2018: Group G and H gameweek two Preview

On Sunday, the last gameweek two games of the World Cup take place in Group G and H. Here is what is happening in the crucial games:

England v Panama (Kick-off 1 PM)

England kicked off their campaign with a last-gasp 2-1 win over Tunisia, courtesy of a brace from captain Harry Kane. The Three Lions will be highly confident of picking up a win against the World Cup first-timers.

One reason for their confidence will be that they are now undefeated in 11 games, having recorded eight wins. Gareth Southgate’s side has been relatively prolific of late, scoring at least two goals in their last three outings.

A victory should be enough to seal a place in the knockout stages of the competition for the Three Lions.

Panama produced a resilient first-half display in their opener with Belgium, before suffering a 3-0 defeat, as Romelu Lukaku grabbed a brace. The Central American team looked out of their depth against the Red Devils.

The defeat will not have come as much of a surprise considering that Hernan Gomez’s side has just one of their last eight outings. They have also scored just once in their last six games.

Prediction

England win

Japan v Senegal (kick-off 4 PM)

Japan enjoyed a stroke of fortune in their first game against Colombia as South American had midfielder Carlos Sanchez dismissed very early on in their clash. The Asian team eventually took advantage by winning 2-1.

The victory was only Japan’s fourth at the World Cup. Another one here could see them qualify for the knockout stages from one of the most open groups at Russia 2018.

The victory over the South Americans was slightly surprising, as the Asian nation had won just one of their previous six international games.

Senegal produced a good display to see off Poland 2-1 in their opening game. Like their opponents, a second straight win could put the African nation in the last 16 in just their second finals.

Aliou Cisse’s side had produced unconvincing form prior to the World Cup, winning just one of their previous five games. However, they do have quality in their ranks and that shine against Sunday’s opponents.

Senegal’s recent international outings have been relatively low scoring, with under 2.5 goals scored in six of their previous nine outings.

Prediction

Senegal win

Poland v Colombia (Kick-off 7 PM)

Poland kicked off their campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Senegal. The Poles were one of the favourites to qualify for the knockout stages, but a defeat in this clash could mean elimination from the competition.

The defeat came on the back of an unconvincing run of form for Adam Nawalka’s side, who have now won just two of their last seven internationals.

Their recent games have been high scoring, with over 2.5 goals scored in their last four outings. A contributing factor to that statistic is that they have conceded two or more goals in three of those aforementioned games.

Colombia were favourites to win the group but after the Sanchez sending-off and 2-1 defeat against Japan, they cannot afford to suffer another slip-up.

The South Americans recent form has been poor, as Jose Pekerman’s side have won just two of their last ten international games. Their recent games have been relatively high scoring, with over 2.5 goals in four of their last six games.

Both sides know that this game is likely to decide their destiny at World Cup 2018. A win would put them both back in the race for the knockout spots and also to top the group.

Prediction

Draw and under 2.5 goals

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