Probable Lineups

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4-5-1
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Probable Lineups Statistical Comparison

(2) 2 Goals 1 (2)
(2) 2 Assists 1 (1)
(6.5) 6.7 Average Ratings 6.7 (6.7)
37.1 Average Age 37.5
178.8 Average Height (cm) 183.8
(1.3) 1.4 Shots pg 1.2 (1.3)
(55%) 53% Aerial Duel Success 64% (59%)
(0.9) 0.9 Dribbles pg 1.5 (1.7)
(1.7) 1.5 Tackles pg 1.8 (1.8)
* Values in brackets (x) are overall player statistics in World Cup grp. C.

Team News

Japan
Greece
  • Makoto Hasebe was carrying an injury coming into the tournament and it was little shock to see him subbed off midway through the second half of the loss to Ivory Coast.
  • Hotaru Yamaguchi should start once more in midfield, though may be partnered by Yasuhito Endo in the middle of the park.
  • Hiroshi Kioytake may once again be forced to start from the bench having been an unused sub against Ivory Coast.
  • Greece head coach Fernando Santos could make a number of changes from the side which lost 3-0 to Colombia.
  • Kostas Mitroglou may come in for Theofanis Gekas in attack, while Ioannis Fetfatzidis could start in place of Dimitrios Salpingidis.
  • Giorgos Karagounis came on from the bench in the dying embers of the encounter, but should be made to settle for a starting spot on the bench again.

Prediction

  • Japan's World Cup hopes hang in the balance following the 2-1 defeat to Ivory Coast. Alberto Zaccheroni's side took the initiative in the loss, but were unable to hold on for three points against the Elephants.
  • Zaccheroni has ample quality going forward and he will need to rely on the ability of his attackers to break down a staunch Greece side. Though they lost 3-0 to Colombia, the European outfit are tough to break down when needs must and they will look to this facet of their game to overcome Japan.
  • Kostas Mitroglou is capable of hurting any team on his day and Fernando Santos may look to his star striker as a means of finding a way past Japan, especially if they adopt a counter-attacking approach.
  • The 3-0 defeat at the weekend though will have left confidence low and they need to pick themselves up quickly or risk making it 2 defeats from 2.
  • Japan should have the ability to break Greece down and could secure a slim win.
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User Predictions

Comments (18)

 
  • This was always going to be a 0-0 draw. I didn't even bother watching it. Not even going to waste time watching the highlights, although I doubt there where probably no highlights to show.

  • @TheFactsProvider I actually thought it was a good game to watch for a 0-0

  • @RelentlessPressure Well at least someone enjoyed it. Good for you.

  • @TheFactsProvider There were certainly highlights. An early red card and some great saves, particularly from the Japanese keeper. A very spirited performance from 10 men, which made it interesting tactically. The Greeks had so little of the ball and without a striker were forced to take some big risks in defence too. Some great last ditch defending from the Greeks. Samaras almost lobbed the keeper from half way. A true football fan that understands the game inside out would have enjoyed this match.

  • samaras is completely useless i hate him

  • @fafaq most useless players 1: samaras 2: kalou

  • I think we might assist to a boring game. japanese strikers won't find any spaces trough greece defence 0-0

  • Why you no start me Zaccaroni?

  • 2-0

  • Japan win

  • Greece win 2-0

  • Oliver vs Seiya. Great match between two great animes

  • The problem with greece is they are too greasy

  • update:there was blown up in Greece team and one of player tried to exit and try to leave back for Greece

  • @flyindream Two players had a bust up because one accused the other of not being able to cross the ball.

  • I see Greece wins or draw

  • @flyindream I hope so ... Remember, Greece struggled in a March friendly against South Korea's mobile midfield and lost 2-0. If Santos puts Mitroglou and Fetfa in the starting XI, and maybe adds Lazaros in the midfield with Kone, I see them having a great chance.