FIFA WORLD CUP 2018 GROUP ANALYSIS- GROUP H
The final group of FIFA World Cups Group H comprises of experienced Poland along with Colombia as the favorites. Senegal will be the unpredictable team and Japan looks puny in the group. Poland having the advantage of FIFA rankings whereas Colombia played some friendly matches before making into Russia. Senegal are having the record of 2002 World Cup quarter finals appearance, but inexperience will be a delicacy for the side.
After the 2006 World Cup appearance, Poland team are making for their 8th tournament outing at Russia. Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski is expected to make their last World Cup appearance. The 29 year old Lewandowski will be the key player at Russia and scored 16 goals in the qualifying stages. But the team strength doesn't end up there. Playmaker Piotr Zielinski has been amazing for the team in recent times. Experience will be another advantage in the defending order with Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Michal Pazdan, Maciej Rybus in the team. Coach Adam Nawalka will prefer a 4-2-3-1 formation, which was successful under his guidance. Szczesny's experience in the goal saving department will be vital for the Poland team.
Senegal stunned the Football world with quarter final appearance in their 2002 debut. They are aiming for yet another shock at Russia. Their coach Aliou Cisse was the captain of 2002 Senegal World Cup team. Senegal are the unpredictable team out of 32 qualified teams. Their qualifying rounds has been filled with a lot of drama. After a loss against South Africa, the match was once again redo due to some match fixing issues and Senegal won the match. Sadio Mane will be the key player for the team . Mane's role was crucial in guiding Liverpool to UEFA Champions League final. But the team is in a desperate need of good defense and an experienced goal keeper. A draw with the group favorites and a win against Japan is must for Senegal to reach the top 2.
Colombian team are known for their rough play in the World Cups. Camilo Zuniga's foul to Neymar in the 2014 World Cup caused a massive loss for Brazil in the Semi Finals. Edwin Cardona's gestures against opponents gifted him a 5 match suspension. Although these are their negative points, Colombia was impressive at Brazil in the last World Cup. A new football sensation was born in the tournament named James Rodriguez and is the key player for the side. But the 2018 journey was a bit hard for the team, had to wait for the last match in the qualifiers to make their way to Russia. Jose Pekerman's role has been crucial in getting the Columbian team into the World Cup. The team looks group favorites and is expected to filter to the round of 16 as the Group champions.
Japan looks feeble with Poland, Colombia in the group. The Asian strengths are the first to qualify for Russia backing Saudi Arabia and Australia. Shinji Kagawa is the experienced player in the side and the team expecting some fabulous plays from the player. Okazaki, defender Yuto Nagamoto and midfielder Keisuke Honda are capable of making good performances, but lack of experience in the biggest stages is a worry. Coach Vahid Halilhodzic's experience in the World Cups may help the Japan to achieve big. The former Algerian team coach helped the Algerian team to reach the round of 16 in the last WorldCup scenario. Japan doesn't have star players in the squad, but they are having some dependable contestants.
Group Prediction: Poland and Columbia can make the top two if nothing went unexpected. If Senegal reproduced 2002 performance under the experienced coach, it will be a huge achievement.