Today’s Predictions: Poland Vs Colombia
Poland 0 – 3 Colombia
The last match of the second round of the group stages will take place between Poland and South American nation Colombia, as a tricky group H comes to an end.
- Date : 24th June 2018
- Time 11:30 PM (IST)
- Venue : Kazan Stadium
Poland have traditionally had strong qualifying campaigns, but have yet to fully transfer that form to major international tournaments. After a defeat in the first match, they now take on Colombia in one of the most important matches in recent history for both these nations.
FIFA World Cup Qualification
Poland dominated their way through the qualifiers, as is often the case with them, primarily due to the brilliance of their marquee forward Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16 goals along the way. They topped an easy group containing Denmark and Montenegro as their main challengers, scoring 27 goals in the process. However, their defence is weak and they conceded 14 goals as well, including a devastating 4-0 defeat to Denmark.
Colombia were not very convincing during the qualifers, with not a single win against the sides ranked higher than them, including a home and away defeat to Argentina. However, they did not lose any ground against the lower ranked teams, and a resounding win over the previously unbeaten Ecuador and a an away draw against Peru on the final day earned them automatic qualification.
Poland have been in decent form of late, with their latest results also proving that their defence is a major weakness when compared to their brilliant attack. They got two wins against Lithuania and South Korea, however the Asian side still managed to score twice against them. While they had a high scoring draw against Chile, a 1-0 defeat to Nigeria was met with great disappointment.
Colombia have 2 wins and 3 defeats in their last 6 matches, but they suffered a disappointing 2-1 defeat to South Korea in November last year. Just a week after thrashing China 4-0, Colombia earned their biggest win in recent times when they beat tournament favourites France 3-2 in March. They’ve had 2 goalless draws in their most recent fixtures, an improvement to their otherwise erratic defence.
Poland vs Colombia in the World Cup So Far
Poland endured a disappointing defeat to a highly impressive Senegal side, which produced an energetic performance that left the Polish players in tatters. They simply could not match the Africans’ speed and physicality overall, constantly getting outrun in the middle.
Colombia had the worst possible start to their World Cup campaign with a red card within the first few minutes, leading to a penalty which Japan scored and proceeded to have the upper hand throughout the match. The South Americans showed great spirit however, coming back from 1-0 down despite being a man down, but eventually conceded another winner and lost.
Head To Head Record
These two nations have met just once before, with Colombia beating Poland 2-1 in a 2006 friendly.
Poland were dealt a massive blow, when their best defender Kamil Glik was ruled out of the tournament through a broken shoulder. However he has now been deemed fit enough to play their third group game, and any further games should they qualify. Other stalwarts like Blaszczykowski and Milik have been battling long term injuries as well, making their fans worried.
Colombia do not have any major injury worries, with their main striker Radamel Falcao determined to make up for missing out last time. Many new young players have been added to the batch of 2014, none more impressive than Barcelona’s towering center back Yerry Mina and attacking midfielder Edwin Cardona
Players To Watch Out For
Robert Lewandowski is undoubtedly the standout player in this Polish side, as he was the top scorer in the European qualifiers as well, and boasts of an exemplary prolific career at Dortmund and Bayern Munich both. Arkadiusz Milik is another brilliant forward whose career has been blighted by frequent injuries. However, if he’s fully fit he can be the perfect partner for Lewandowski up front and cause real problems for their opponents.
The last World Cup’s golden boot winner James Rodriguez is still the biggest star in the side, having regained his form and confidence at Bayern Munich. He would be central to whatever they create in attack once again. Radamel Falcao and Caros Bacca would be looking to carry their club form to the World Cup to establish a lethal attacking partnership.
Poland Vs Colombia Betting Odds And Key Statistics
- Poland are making an 8th appearance in the World Cup, with their best ever finish being 3rd, in 1974 and 1982.
- This will be Colombia’s 7th World Cup appearance, and they won 4 out of their 5 matches at the 2014 World Cup to reach the final 8.
- Colombia have a strong attack, but their defence tends to leak in easy goals, especially their keeper David Ospina, who endured a frustrating season at Arsenal, and is capable of making crucial mistakes. Hence, we would advise you to bet on the both teams to score market as well as the above 2.5 goals market.
- Poland failed to qualify for the last two world cups, and have already lost their first match in this tournament. However, we firmly believe Lewandowski will now step up to lead his nation through to the knockout stage. We strongly advise betting on Lewandowski to begin the scoring in this match.
- Poland kept just two clean sheets during their qualifiers, and hence we expect Colombia’s flair players to trouble them. Both teams to score market is an attractive option according to us, so is the market for more than 2.5 goals being scored.
Colombia are slightly better placed than Poland currently, as their players gave a solid fight despite being a man down against Japan. We expect this to be an entertaining match with both teams going for it but Colombia snatching it with a narrow margin.
Our Predicted Score line : Colombia 2-1 Poland.