Poland vs Senegal Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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19th June 2018 – 11:00 ET
Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Poland have qualified for their first World Cup in 12 years and much is expected of Adam Nawalka’s side. They enjoyed a fruitful qualifying campaign and will be optimistic of progression from Group H. They have an experienced squad, many of whom ply their trade in Europe’s top leagues. Robert Lewandowski scored just once during Euro 2016 but he had a prolific qualifying campaign, finding the net on 16 occasions and the 29-year old is priced at 34.00 to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer with 888Sport.
Senegal sailed through their qualifying group and netted plenty of goals along the way. They have their own talisman, with Sadio Mane arriving in Russia off the back of a sensational season in the Premier League. He’s netted ten times for the Reds and scored twice during Senegal’s qualifying campaign. They exceeded all expectations in 2002 when progressing to the quarter-finals and Aliou Cisse, who captained the side, is tasked with guiding his country into the round of 16.
Apart from their disappointing 4-0 defeat to Denmark, Poland were excellent during their qualifying campaign and secured their place in Russia with a 4-2 victory over Montenegro. They kept it tight at Euro 2016 with three clean sheets during the group stage and prevented the current world champions from getting on the scoresheet. Kamil Glik offers years of experience at the highest level and he will be responsible for ensuring his side are organised at the back. Many have accused them of relying heavily on the goals of Robert Lewandowski and coach Adam Nawalka is likely to be ensuring the Bayern striker remains fit throughout the tournament. They are struggling in the left-back position and this may be an area which could be exploited by the opposition.
Senegal scored two goals in the majority of their qualifying games and a 2-1 success against South Africa booked their place in Russia. They are aiming to spring a surprise on their Group H opponents and are likely to make a fast start. Players such as Mbaye Niang have been included in the squad and there are a number of young players who will be desperate to make an impact on the biggest stage. They are extremely handy from set-piece situations and although they will look to exploit the power and pace of Sadio Mane, corners and free-kicks could be key.
Poland vs Senegal Predictions
Poland will start as the favourites for this match but it will be far from easy and they are unlikely to have it all their own way.
Sports Interaction are offering 2.24 on Poland to win this game and they are likely to just edge this encounter. They have the greater firepower and winning eight of their ten games during qualifying should give them the confidence to collect three points in this opener. Senegal don’t lose many games and will be hugely competitive but it’s the vast collective experience of the European side which should be enough to seal the victory. Draw/Poland in the HT/FT market at 5.19 with InterTops is another excellent way of getting involved with this opening Group H game.
Robert Lewandowski will want to make an impression at this tournament and carry on his tremendous scoring streak. He netted in nine of the ten qualifying matches and is likely to get plenty of chances in this game. He is 3.8 to open the scoring in this contest with 888Sport.
Poland’s sloppy defending during qualifying could turn out to be a little misleading and they are definitely capable of keeping it tight. They showed tremendous defensive discipline during Euro 2016 and didn’t concede a goal until the knock-out stages.
1-0 Poland is the most likely outcome and is available at 6.21 with 5Dimes, whilst a goalless draw is also a possibility at 7.22 with Sports Interaction. Both Teams to Score? No is also a decent bet in this contest with Senegal finding it difficult to break through the Poland back-line. It is available at 1.72 with William Hill.
- Poland have not progressed beyond the group stages of the World Cup since 1986
- Poland to be eliminated in the group stage – (2.30 with 888Sport)
- 1982 was the last time that Poland won their opening World Cup game
- They scored just two goals at the 2002 World Cup with Bartosz Bosacki netting both of them
- They have failed to qualify for the last two tournaments
- Senegal reached the quarter-finals in their only previous appearance at the World Cup
- They won just one of their three group games in 2002 (vs France)
- Senegal netted five times during the group stage in 2002.
Poland: Wojciech Szczęsny, Michał Pazdan, Artur Jędrzejczyk, Thiago Cionek, Jan Bednarek, Jacek Góralski, Arkadiusz Milik, Karol Linetty, Robert Lewandowski (captain), Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Grosicki, Bartosz Białkowski, Maciej Rybus, Łukasz Teodorczyk, Kamil Glik, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Sławomir Peszko, Bartosz Bereszyński, Piotr Zieliński, Łukasz Piszczek, Rafał Kurzawa, Łukasz Fabiański, Dawid Kownacki.
Senegal: Abdoulaye Diallo, Saliou Ciss, Kalidou Koulibaly, Kara Mbodji, Idrissa Gueye, Salif Sané, Moussa Sow, Cheikhou Kouyaté (captain), Mame Biram Diouf, Sadio Mané, Cheikh N’Doye, Youssouf Sabaly, Alfred N’Diaye, Moussa Konaté, Diafra Sakho, Khadim N’Diaye, Badou Ndiaye, Ismaïla Sarr, M’Baye Niang, Keita Baldé, Lamine Gassama, Moussa Wagué, Alfred Gomis.
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