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World Cup Group H Preview and Predictions - Essential guide to Group H

Gary Emmerson 5 Jun 2018
  • Wide open group when it comes to qualifying
  • Who will make it to the knockout stages?
Johan Mojica of Colombia

Group H has the look of one of the least exciting groups at the World Cup Finals, but chances can be given to all four nations when it comes to making it to the knockout stages.

On world rankings, Colombia and Poland are predicted to progress to the Round of 16 but Group H looks set to be a rollercoaster with Senegal and Japan likely to fancy their chances of progressing.

Colombia qualified in the final automatic spot in South American qualifying after finishing fourth behind Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina but many would argue that was the best that could be expected of the 2014 quarter-finalists.

Poland eased through Group E qualification in Europe, dropping just five points along the way, and they now hold their best chance of qualifying from the group stages for the first time since 1986.

Senegal won Group D of the African qualification to reach only their second World Cup Finals. Can they repeat their exploits of 2002 when they reached the quarter-finals?

Japan topped an Asian qualifying group that included the Socceroos and will be playing in their sixth successive finals and can't be discounted on that record. They've twice made it to the knockout stages in that time. 

Group H Odds

Group Winner: Colombia $2.35, Poland $2.75, Senegal $5.50, Japan $8.50
To Qualify: Colombia $1.33, Poland $1.55, Senegal $2.15, Japan $3.00


Group H Fixtures

Group H Squads

Colombia World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersDavid OspinaArsenal
Camilo VargasDeportivo Cali
Jose Fernando CuadradoOnce Caldas
DefendersCristian ZapataAC Milan
Davinson SanchezTottenham Hotspur
Santiago AriasPSV Eindhoven
Oscar MurilloPachuca
Frank FabraBoca Juniors
Johan MojicaGirona
Yerry MinaBarcelona
MidfieldersWílmar BarriosBoca Juniors
Carlos SánchezEspanyol
Jefferson LermaLevante
Jose IzquierdoBrighton & Hove Albion
James RodriguezBayern Munich
Abel AguilarDeportivo Cali
Mateus UribeAmerica
Juan Fernando QuinteroRiver Plate
Juan CuadradoJuventus
ForwardsRadamel FalcaoMonaco
Miguel BorjaPalmeiras
Carlos BaccaVillarreal
Luis Fernando MurielSevilla

Poland World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersBartosz BialkowskiIpswich Town
Lukasz FabianskiSwansea City
Wojciech SzczesnyJuventus
DefendersJan BednarekSouthampton
Bartosz BereszynskiSampdoria
Thiago CionekSPAL
Kamil GlikMonaco
Artur JedrzejczykLegia Warsaw
Michal PazdanLegia Warsaw
Lukasz PiszczekBorussia Dortmund
MidfieldersJakub BlaszczykowskiWolfsburg
Jacek GoralskiLudogorets Razgrad
Kamil GrosickiHull City
Grzegorz KrychowiakParis St Germain
Rafal KurzawaGornik Zabrze
Karol LinettySampdoria
Slawomir PeszkoLechnia Gdansk
Maciej RybusLokomotiv Moscow
Piotr ZielinskiNapoli
ForwardsDawid KownackiSampdoria
Robert LewandowskiBayern Munich
Arkadiusz MilikNapoli
Lukasz TeodorczykAnderlecht

Senegal World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersKhadim NdiayeHoroya AC
Abdoulaye DialloRennes
Alfred GomisTorino
DefendersKara MbodjiAnderlecht
Kalidou KoulibalyNapoli
Moussa WagueEupen
Saliou CissAngers
Youssouf SabalyBordeaux
Lamine GassamaAlanyaspor
Armand TraoreNottingham Forest
Salif SaneHannover 96
MidfieldersPape Alioune NdiayeStoke City
Idrissa GueyeEverton
Cheikhou KouyateWest Ham United
Cheikh N'DoyeBirmingham City
ForwardsSadio ManeLiverpool
Diao Balde KeitaMonaco
Ismaila SarrRennes
Diafra SakhoRennes
Moussa KonateAmiens
Mame Biram DioufStoke City
Mbaye NiangAC Milan
Moussa SowBursaspor

Japan World Cup Squad

GoalkeepersEiji KawashimaMetz
Masaaki HigashiguchiGamba Osaka
Kosuke NakamuraKashiwa Reysol
DefendersYuto NagatomoGalatasaray
Tomoaki MakinoUrawa Reds
Wataru EndoUrawa Reds
Maya YoshidaSouthampton
Hiroki SakaiMarseille
Gotoku SakaiHamburg
Gen ShojiKashima Antlers
Naomichi UedaKashima Antlers
MidfieldersMakoto HasebeEintracht Frankfurt
Keisuke HondaPachuca
Takashi InuiEibar
Shinji KagawaBorussia Dortmund
Hotaru YamaguchiCerezo Osaka
Genki HaraguchiFortuna Dusseldorf
Takashi UsamiFortuna Dusseldorf
Gaku ShibasakiGetafe
Ryota OshimaKawasaki Frontale
ForwardsShinji OkazakiLeicester City
Yuya OsakoWerder Bremen
Yoshinori MutoMainz


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