Poland vs Colombia: Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
24th June 2018 – 19:00 GMT
Group H – Kazan Arena Stadium – TV: ITV
Poland vs Colombia Predictions
Neither of these two sides were particularly impressive during their opening Group H match and they must significantly improve if they have any hope of qualifying for the knock-out round. Colombia will be without Carlos Sanchez and keeping eleven men on the field is imperative. Poland struggled at the back and the absence of Kamil Glik affected them throughout the 90 minutes against Senegal. They have the firepower in their squad but they need to create more in the final third. These two sides will be desperate for success but they could cancel each other out. The draw seems a likely outcome and it can be backed at 49/20 with Royal Panda.
Poland vs Colombia Preview
Group H was always going to be a competitive section but it’s been blown wide open following the first round of games. Japan surprisingly beat Colombia whilst Poland slipped up against Senegal and these two sides find themselves joint-bottom of the standings.
Colombia weren’t helped by a third-minute dismissal which saw Carlos Sanchez’s game ended prematurely for preventing a clear goalscoring opportunity. Jose Pekerman’s side competed admirably for the majority of the 90 minutes but fatigue started to creep in after the break. Japan took advantage of the extra man and emerged 2-1 winners. There were plenty of positives for the South American side but they can’t afford to drop any more points here.
Poland were below-par against Senegal and struggled to cope with the energy of their opponents. Robert Lewandowski was largely starved of service throughout the game and Adam Nawalka must re-think his tactics ahead of this tie. They need to fashion some opportunities and avoid costly mistakes at the back.
This game feels like it should be high-scoring but both sides cannot afford to drop points in this fixture and nerves may play a significant part. Poland will be aiming to avoid mistakes at the back, whilst Colombia will also be working on tightening up their back-line. Los Cafeteros are based in Kazan and they will have had plenty of opportunities to work on shape and organisation ahead of this game. Under 2.5 Goals is priced at 4/5 with Bet365 and looks the best option.
Poland vs Colombia Correct Score Prediction
The points are likely to be shared in this fixture which doesn’t particularly help either side. Both teams will be desperate to pick up three points but it could finish all-square. It’s unlikely to end goalless and 1-1 is a realistic outcome for this game. That correct score can be backed at 9/2 with William Hill.
Poland vs Colombia Odds
Group H Standings
Surprisingly, these two sides sit bottom of Group H. Both teams lost their opener and begin this game with a -1 goal difference. Japan and Senegal sit joint-top.
- Poland had nine shots against Senegal with seven of those coming in the second half
- Robert Lewandowski scored 16 goals during World Cup qualifying. He is 7/5 with William Hill to score anytime in this fixture
- Poland have only won two of their last seven games in all competitions
- Colombia have netted just one goal in their last three matches
- Colombia only managed four shots against Japan
Head to Head
These two sides have only previously met on one occasion. They met in 2006 and Colombia emerged 2-1 winners. This will be the first time they met in a competitive fixture.
World Cup Qualifying
Poland were drawn in Group E of the UEFA qualifying and, despite a couple of minor setbacks, they managed to secure their place at the 2018 World Cup. After ten games, they were five points ahead of Denmark. Adam Nawalka’s side only lost once and also netted 28 times throughout the campaign with Robert Lewandowski helping fire them to Russia.
- Robert Lewandowski – 16 Goals – 33/1 with William Hill to finish as top goalscorer at the 2018 World Cup.
Colombia were frustratingly inconsistent throughout qualifying but did just about enough to secure their place at the tournament. They finished fourth in the South American group, a point ahead of fifth-placed Peru but 14 points behind leaders Brazil. They netted 21 times in 18 games and conceded on 19 occasions. They drew three of their last four matches.
- James Rodriguez – 6 Goals – 80/1 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.
19:00 – Kazan Stadium