Preview: Japan vs. Greece

Japan pose for a team photo before the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil Group C match between the Ivory Coast and Japan at Arena Pernambuco on June 14, 2014
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Sports Mole looks ahead to the must-win Group C game between Japan and Greece on Thursday night.

The bottom two sides in Group C - Japan and Greece - meet on Thursday night in Natal in what will be viewed as a must-win game for both.

Japan surrendered a one-goal lead against the Ivory Coast in their opening game, while Greece were beaten 3-0 by Colombia.

Neither manager has any need to make changes, but both might want to tinker with their lineups as they go in search of a win.

For the Greeks, Fulham striker Kostas Mitroglou will be hoping to earn a start after his competitors in attack failed to find the net in the first game.

The last two times these sides met was nine years ago in the Confederations Cup, when Japan came out on top 1-0.

Recent form

Japan: LWWWWW

Greece: LWDDLD

Possible starting lineups

Japan: Kawashima; Uchida, Yoshida, Morishige, Nagatomo; Hasebe, Yamaguchi; Okazaki, Honda, Kagawa; Osako

Greece: Karnezis; Maniatis, Manolas, Samaras, Kone, Salpingidis, Torosidis, Gekas, Sokratis, Cholevas, Katsouranis

Sports Mole says: 1-0

Greece's Kostas Mitroglou celebrates after scoring during the 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying play-off first leg football match between Greece and Romania at the Karaiskaki stadium in Athens on November 15, 2013
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