World Cup group H guide: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Group H team profiles, fixtures, live TV guide, betting odds and players to watch

Group H at the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia will feature Poland, Senegal, Colombia and Japan.

Group H’s matchday one is on 19 June, matchday two is on 24 June and the final round of games is on 28 June. Group H is the final group to kick off in Russia.

According to Fifa.com, the key game in group H is expected to be the clash between Poland and Colombia on 24 June at the Kazan Arena.

Here we look at the group H team profiles, fixtures, live TV details, betting odds and players to watch.

Group H fixtures and live TV channels

  • 19 June: Colombia vs. Japan (1pm, BBC); Poland vs. Senegal (4pm, ITV)
  • 24 June: Japan vs. Senegal (4pm, BBC); Poland vs. Colombia (7pm, ITV)
  • 28 June: Senegal vs. Colombia (3pm, BBC); Japan vs. Poland (3pm, BBC)

Poland

Top seeds in group H are Poland, who are captained by star striker Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich ace scored 16 times in ten appearances to finish top of the European qualifying scoring charts.

  • Head coach: Adam Nawalka
  • Fifa ranking: 10
  • Number of World Cup appearances: seven
  • Best finish: third place in 1974 and 1982
  • Player to watch: Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)

Poland World Cup fixtures:

  • 19 June: vs. Senegal at Spartak Stadium, Moscow (4pm, ITV)
  • 24 June: vs. Colombia at Kazan Arena, Kazan (7pm, ITV)
  • 28 June: vs. Japan, Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (3pm, BBC)

Senegal

This is the second World Cup appearance for the west African nation. In 2002 the Lions of Teranga memorably reached the quarter-finals and beat defending champions France 1-0 in the group stage. Current head coach Aliou Cisse was captain of the team in 2002. Senegalese hopes this year will rest on the shoulders of Liverpool forward Sadio Mane.

  • Head coach: Aliou Cisse
  • Fifa ranking: 28
  • Number of World Cup appearances: one
  • Best finish: quarter-finals in 2002
  • Player to watch: Sadio Mane (Liverpool)

Senegal World Cup fixtures

  • 19 June: vs. Poland at Spartak Stadium, Moscow (4pm, ITV)
  • 24 June: vs. Japan at Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg (4pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. Colombia at Samara Arena, Samara (3pm, BBC)

Colombia

With Radamel Falcao and James Rodriguez in their ranks, Colombia will be aiming to qualify for the latter stages in Russia after reaching the quarter-finals in Brazil four years ago.

  • Head coach: Jose Pekerman
  • Fifa ranking: 16
  • Number of World Cup appearances: five
  • Best finish: quarter-finals in 2014
  • Player to watch: Radamel Falcao (AS Monaco)

Colombia World Cup fixtures

  • 19 June: vs. Japan at Mordovia Arena, Saransk (1pm, BBC)
  • 24 June: vs. Poland at Kazan Arena, Kazan (7pm, ITV)
  • 28 June: vs. Senegal at Samara Arena, Samara (3pm, BBC)

Japan

Led by head coach Akira Nishino and featuring Southampton defender Maya Yoshida in their side, Japan qualified for Russia after finishing top of Asian zone group B.

  • Head coach: Akira Nishino
  • Fifa ranking: 60
  • Number of World Cup appearances: five
  • Best finish: round of 16 in 2002 and 2010
  • Player to watch: Maya Yoshida (Southampton)

Japan World Cup fixtures

  • 19 June: vs. Colombia at Mordovia Arena, Saransk (1pm, BBC)
  • 24 June: vs. Senegal at Ekaterinburg Arena, Ekaterinburg (4pm, BBC)
  • 28 June: vs. Poland at Volgograd Arena, Volgograd (3pm, BBC)

Group H betting odds

Latest prices according to Oddschecker (as of 29 May)

Group H winners:

  • Colombia: 7/4
  • Poland: 2/1
  • Senegal: 5/1
  • Japan: 7/1

To qualify:

  • Colombia: 8/15
  • Poland: 8/13
  • Senegal: 5/4
  • Japan: 9/4

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