Poland vs Colombia Preview, Tips and Betting Predictions
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24th June 2018 – 14:00 ET
Group H – Kazan Arena – TV: TSN
Poland vs Colombia Predictions
These two sides started as favourites to qualify for the knock-out round but reaching the last 16 could be tough. Poland were poor against Senegal and can’t afford another underwhelming performance whilst Colombia must ensure they put their energy-sapping 90 minutes behind them. The pair will be desperate to avoid a second successive defeat and it could be a cagey, tight affair between two sides who don’t wish to entertain the idea of an early exit. A point each is the likely outcome for this game and the draw can be backed at 3.50 with Pinnacle.
Poland vs Colombia Preview
Both Poland and Colombia got off to the worst possible start with the pair dropping points against Senegal and Japan respectively. Adam Nawalka’s side were poor throughout the 90 minutes and failed to find their rhythm. Despite possessing one of Europe’s deadliest frontmen, they rarely troubled the Senegal goal and Robert Lewandowski cut a frustrated figure. They need to show more in the final third. The Polish backline routinely collapsed during qualifying and another error-strewn performance saw them gift two goals to the opposition. Kamil Glik’s absence hindered them and they will need to tighten up ahead of this game.
Colombia picked up an early red card as Carlos Sanchez became the first player to be dismissed at the tournament. His handball denied a clear goalscoring opportunity and gave his side a mountain to climb. They drew level just before half-time but fatigue crept in and they were defeated 2-1 by Japan. The Blue Samurai looked quite dangerous at times and Davinson Sanchez looked hapless at times for Los Cafeteros. It was his error that led to Sanchez’s misdemeanour.
Poland vs Colombia Correct Score Prediction
There is unlikely to be much between these two sides and it could swing back and forth throughout the 90 minutes. Both sides have potent strikeforces but they need to improve their link-up play. This game should end all square but neither defence can be trusted to keep a clean sheet, so a 1-1 correct score looks likely at 5.84 with Sports Interaction.
Both these sides are associated with high-scoring games but there is too much at stake here. Neither side can afford to lose this game and they will be keen to avoid making any more mistakes at the back. Their Group H status is hanging in the balance and this could be extremely tense and nervy. Under 2.5 Goals looks a sensible outcome and can be backed at 1.82 with InterTops.
Poland vs Colombia Odds
Group H Standings
Surprisingly, these two sides sit bottom of Group H. Both sides have a goal difference of -1 and a second consecutive defeat will see them eliminated from the tournament. Japan and Senegal share top spot.
- Poland had nine shots against Senegal with seven of those coming in the second half
- Robert Lewandowski scored an impressive 16 goals during World Cup qualifying. He is 3.40 with William Hill to score anytime in this fixture
- Poland have only won two of their last seven games in all competitions and come into this game in poor form
- Colombia have netted just one goal in their last three matches
- Colombia only managed four shots against Japan although they were playing with ten men
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met on one occasion. This came in 2006 and Colombia emerged 2-1 winners. This will be their competitive meeting.
World Cup Qualifying
Poland finished five points ahead of Denmark in UEFA Group E. They suffered from a few inconsistencies along the way but the firepower of Robert Lewandowski helped them through. Poland kept three clean sheets at the 2014 World Cup but they conceded 14 goals during qualifying, the third highest in their group.
Robert Lewandowski – 16 Goals – 33.00 with William Hill to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup.
Despite their heroics in Brazil four years ago, Colombia made hard work of qualifying and struggled to find their rhythm. They finished in fourth position, which was enough to secure them a place at the 2018 World Cup. They didn’t win any of their last four games and limped over the line.
James Rodriguez – 6 Goals – 80.00 with 888Sport to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup.
Edwin Cardona – 3 Goals
Goalkeepers – Bartosz Bialkowski, Lukasz Fabianski, Wojciech Szczesny.
Defenders – Jan Bednarek, Thiago Cionek, Lukasz Piszczek, Michal Pazdan, Artur Jedrzejczyk, Kamil Glik, Bartosz Bereszynski.
Midfielders – Piotr Zielinski, Slawomir Peszko, Kamil Grosicki, Jacek Goralski, Rafal Kurzawa, Karol Linetty, Maciej Rybus, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Blaszczykowski.
Forwards – Robert Lewandowski, Dawid Kownacki, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukasz Teodorczyk.
Goalkeepers – David Ospina, Jose Fernando Cuadrado, Camilo Vargas.
Defenders – Cristian Zapata, Yerry Mina, Frank Fabra, Johan Mojica, Oscar Murillo, Santiago Arias, Davinson Sanchez.
Midfielders – Wilmar Barrios, Carlos Sanchez, Jefferson Lerma, Abel Aguilar, James Rodriguez, Jose Izquierdo, Mateus Uribe, Juan Fernando Quintero, Juan Cuadrado.
Forwards – Radamel Falcao, Miguel Borja, Carlos Bacca, Luis Muriel.
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