FIFA World Cup 2018: Matchday Preview
After having another night of mouth-watering action which saw defending champions Germany getting knocked out in the Group Stages itself, it’s now the last of the group stage encounters with Group G and H teams taking their final bows.
England vs Belgium
With all qualification affairs settled already in the group, it’s all about getting that top spot for these two teams who have been in fine fettle. Belgium has won just one of their 21 meetings with England, which came way back in 1936, and it looks like they might be overpowered again as striker RomeluLukaku is a doubt with an ankle injury sustained in the last game. As for England, they will be looking to replicate their feat in 1982 when they won all three of their group stage matches.
Watch out for Eden Hazard – with Lukaku more than likely to be rested, the onus falls on the Belgian captain to not only create but also score for his team, and he has more than the ability to torment the well familiar English defense.
Panama vs Tunisia
It’s going to be all about pride as these two nations face each other for the very first time, in the Mordovia Arena. Though their tournament is over, the teams will be determined to crush some of their unappealing records. Tunisia will be looking to get their first World Cup win since 1978 triumph over Mexico, while Panama would be hoping to avoid the club of nations who have lost all three of their first ever World Cup games.
Watch out forWahbiKhazri – the Tunisian forward has a ton of experience on him, having played in Ligue 1 and Premier League, and his vision and finishing will be essential for Tunisia to finally end their 40-year wait for World Cup win.
Japan vs Poland
You would’ve expected these teams to be in the each other’s current positions before the World Cup began. But surprisingly, Japan currently sit on top of the group, while Poland sit at the bottom, already knocked out. While the Polish look upon their disappointing campaign, Japan just need a point to confirm qualification for themselves, although getting top spot would require them to better Senegal’s result in the other game.
Watch out for Robert Lewandowski – the Polish striker has had a terrible campaign, just like his nation. But he is more than just a goal threat. He is a world-class striker who has all the goods to possibly crush Japanese hopes of qualification.
Senegal vs Colombia
The crunch game comes from the Cosmos Arena in Samara where the Colombians can confirm qualification with a win but a draw could also be enough provided Japan lose in the other game. As for Senegal, they simply need a point to confirm qualification but can top the group if they simply better the Japanese result in the other game.
Watch out for James Rodriguez – the Colombian sprang to life in the last game as he provided two assists to defeat Poland and he will once again need to show the same mesmerizing form if his team are to gain a qualification.