Having been made to wait and watch the other nations begin their 2018 World Cup journey, Group H finally gets underway tomorrow as Colombia take on Japan.
These sides have history. Colombia and Japan were drawn in the same group at the previous World Cup in Brazil. In 2014, Colombia convincingly beat Japan 4-1 and went on to progress until the quarter-finals.
The rest of the team, as outlined in Colombia’s preview, may line up as follows:
Though the bookies may not be giving Japan too much of a chance, they will be looking to impress in their opening game. In their warm-up game against Paraguay, they won 4-2 thanks to goals from Eibar’s Takashi Inui and former Red Devil, now Borussia Dortmund player, Shingi Kagawa. Against Colombia, there are likely to start with the following players:
The strength in-depth of Colombia’s side will surely be on display tomorrow and so a 3-0 win is a realistic prospect though Japan could do what so many ‘underdog’ teams have done so far in this World Cup and provide an upset.