Group H of the 2018 World Cup kicks off, while Mohamed Salah makes an appearance for Egypt
Come Tuesday evening, we will have seen all thirty-two teams play at the 2018 World Cup, with Colombia facing Japan and Poland clashing with Senegal.
It’s been a long wait for these teams and many think Group H will be a wide open affair, although Colombia are strong favourites to claim an opening victory and Los Cafeteros look capable of beating Japan.
The South American side have a strong spine to the team which includes Davinson Sanchez, James Rodriguez and Radamel Falcao, while the Colombians enjoyed a good run to the quarter finals of the 2014 World Cup and have a strong physical threat.
Japan look meagre by comparison and could end up finishing bottom of a Group H that also features Poland and Senegal.
The Poles are favourites to beat their African opponents on Tuesday, with Adam Nawalka’s side having won their European qualifying group and they boast a sharp shooter in Robert Lewandowski.
The Bayern Munich striker will hope to get the sort of service to cause him damage, although Senegal look like a lively team who have Sadio Mane spearheading the attack and a couple of robust midfielders in Cheikh Kouyate and Idrissa Gueye.
Therefore, we’re taking a punt on the Senegalese players landing a Group H win, while Tuesday evening gives us a chance to watch Mohamed Salah make his World Cup bow against Russia.
The hosts will be aware of Salah’s threat and we might see some physical challenges on the Liverpool ace, although we think that the African side might land a win which thrusts them back into contention to reach the last sixteen.
All odds were correct at time of posting.