Preview: Japan vs. Greece

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
Read Next:
Rodallega wary of Fulham teammates
>
You May Like
Recomended from Sports Mole

Loading ...

Failed to load data.

Premier League
Championship
La Liga
Bundesliga
Ligue 1
League One
League Two
National League
Scottish Cup
Scottish League One
Scottish League Two
Segunda Division
Serie B
Ligue 2
Australian A-League
Belgian Pro League
Greek Superleague
Indian I-League
Liga MX
Eredivisie
Primeira Liga
Turkish Super Lig
Tables
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
1Manchester CityMan City23202167175062
2Manchester UnitedMan Utd23155348163250
3Liverpool23138254282647
4Chelsea23145441162547
5Tottenham HotspurSpurs23135546212544
6Arsenal23116641301139
7Burnley239771920-134
8Leicester CityLeicester238783432231
9Everton2376102538-1327
10Watford2375113342-926
11West Ham UnitedWest Ham2367102941-1225
12Crystal Palace2367102133-1225
13Bournemouth2366112435-1124
14Huddersfield TownHuddersfield2366111939-2024
15Newcastle UnitedNewcastle2365122131-1023
16Brighton & Hove AlbionBrighton2358101729-1223
17Southampton2349102334-1121
18Stoke CityStoke2355132350-2720
19West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom23310101830-1219
20Swansea CitySwansea2345141435-2117
Login, I already have my ad-free pass
Log in with Facebook to customise Sports Mole
Buy ad-free access (show me the options)
Buy monthly ad-free access for £1.20/month
Buy yearly ad-free access for £12 (2 months free)
Settings - Logout - Manage your account
Settings - Logout - Manage your account