Poland vs Senegal Predictions, Odds and Betting Tips
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Final score: Poland 1-2 Senegal
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19th June 2018 – 16:00 UK Time
Stadium: Otkrytie Arena, Moscow
Despite going into the draw as one of the top seeds, this is Poland’s first World Cup appearance since 2006. Adam Nawalka’s side have a number of top players and they will be expected to reach the latter stages of the competition. They have been drawn in Group H alongside Colombia, Japan and Senegal and they begin their campaign against the African outfit. Their problem has largely revolved around the over-reliance on Robert Lewandowski in recent years and the Bayern Munich striker will once again be key to their chances of progression. He only netted once at Euro 2016 but he scored 16 goals during qualifying and is priced at 33/1 to finish as the tournament’s top goalscorer with Bet365.
It is an incredibly dangerous tactic to write Senegal off at any major tournament. They topped their qualifying group and booked their place in Russia with room to spare. They became just the second African side to reach the quarter-finals of the competition in 2002 and they will be hoping to spring yet another surprise at the 2018 tournament. Aliou Cisse was captain of the side 16 years ago and he is tasked with guiding his side out of Group H. If either Colombia or Poland drop points, Senegal will be hoping to sneak through at their expense.
Poland’s qualification was far from straightforward and their penchant for conceding goals made it a topsy-turvy campaign. They were beaten 4-0 by Denmark in September 2017 and kept just two clean sheets in ten matches. They still have problems in the left-back position and may have to deploy Sampdoria right-back Bartosz Bereszynski in this troublesome area for the duration of the tournament. Robert Lewandowski has been outspoken about the lack of ‘new blood’ in the side and this is certainly a concern amongst supporters. Poland are 6/4 with 888Sport to be eliminated in the group stage.
Senegal netted twice in all but one of their qualifying games and they won’t be afraid to push forward at the 2018 World Cup. Sadio Mane helped his side secure qualification and the Liverpool striker is likely to be a focal point of this side. The 23-man squad also includes Cheikhou Kouyate and Idrissa Gueye. They drew both of their international friendlies at the end of March and could be difficult to beat in Group H.
Poland vs Senegal Predictions
This game is far from easy for Poland. Although Group H lacks any bigger sides, it could potentially spring a few upsets and any of the sides could progress into the knock-out round. Poland won eight of their ten qualifying matches and they are marginally predicted to collect three points here.
Despite conceding plenty of goals along the way, they consistently found ways of securing the victory and they should be backed at 21/20 with William Hill. Senegal dropped points against Madagascar and Burkina Faso (twice) and could be susceptible to the Polish attack. It is likely to be nip and tuck and neither side will want to make any mistakes in their opening encounter. It’s 28/11 with 10Bet for Poland to win by a 1 goal margin here and it is likely to be decided by a single strike. Senegal have been defeated just once in all competitions since February 2016 and won’t roll over easily here.
Many believe that Poland’s defensive problems could haunt them throughout the tournament.
The European side kept just two clean sheets (vs Kazakhstan and Romania) during qualifying. However, at Euro 2016, they kept three consecutive shutouts during the group stage, including a 0-0 draw with Germany. They seem to improve their concentration at the major tournaments and they could keep Senegal at arm’s length. It’s 7/10 with Royal Panda for Both Teams to Score? No to land in this game.
Robert Lewandowski is likely to be the difference maker in this clash and he should be backed to net Poland’s first goal of the tournament. He’s 14/5 with 888Sport to net the opener in this game.
- This is Poland’s eighth appearance at the World Cup
- They have finished third on two occasions – 1974 and 1982.
- They have progressed beyond the Group Stage since 1986
- They netted just two goals during their last appearance at the tournament (2006)
- This is just Senegal’s second World Cup appearance
- They became the second African team to reach the quarter-finals in 2002
- They scored seven times during the 2002 World Cup
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.
16:00 – Spartak Stadium, Moscow