World Cup 2018: Senegal vs. Japan odds, expert picks, and insider predictions
Japan and Senegal stunned the world with shocking upsets in the opening round of Group H in the 2018 World Cup. Both countries secured three points with 2-1 victories over Columbia and Poland. Now, they meet Sunday at 11 a.m. ET. With a victory in this 2018 World Cup match, either team can all but guarantee a spot in the Round of 16. Senegal enters Sunday’s fixture at +125 on the money line, meaning you’d need to bet $100 on an outright Senegal victory to win $125. Japan enters this match at +250 (risk $100 to win $250), while a draw is at +215. The Over-Under on total goals in this World Cup 2018 match is 2. Senegal is 100-1 to win the entire FIFA tournament, while Japan is 300-1.
Before you enter your 2018 World Cup picks, you have to see what European football expert David Sumpter has to say. Sumpter is an applied mathematician who wrote “Soccermatics,” a book that explains how math works inside the sport. Together with other experienced analysts, Sumpter developed the powerful Soccerbot model.
The Soccerbot reads current odds and all team performance data, calculates key metrics and predicts upcoming matches. In nearly three seasons since its inception, the Soccerbot is up an incredible 1,800 percent on bookmakers’ closing odds.
The Soccerbot has already crushed Russia 2018, including calling a draw between Argentina and Iceland (+360), nailing the 2-0 final score of Brazil vs. Costa Rica, and selecting Iran (+275) to knock off Morocco, just to name a few of its big calls.
Now, Soccerbot has digested the film, crunched the numbers and broken down every single player on Japan and Senegal’s rosters. The model has released a very strong money-line pick, which it’s sharing over at SportsLine.
The model knows Japan made history at the 2018 World Cup when it defeated Colombia in its opening match. Japan became the first Asian team to defeat a South American side in a World Cup match. However, Japan has not won back-to-back matches at the World Cup in 16 years.
Japan is led by Keisuke Honda, who has been involved in six of Japan’s last eight goals at World Cup tournaments (three goals and three assists). However, Honda could have a tough task scoring against a Senegal defense that has only allowed five goals in its last nine games across all competitions.
The model also knows Senegal is led by 26-year-old striker Sadio Mane, the dynamic Liverpool star who has tallied 23 goals in his two seasons of Premier League action. While the Senegalese were lucky to pick up an own-goal and questionable breakaway score against Poland in its 2-1 upset win, they also have sniper Moussa Konate, who is deadly from close range.
So which hungry nation wins Sunday? Or will it end in a draw? Visit SportsLine now to see the strong Japan-Senegal money-line pick, all from a European football expert whose powerful model is up 1,800 percent in less than three years.