World Cup 2018 Poland Preview & Predictions

25th April 2018 | World Cup Betting category: Football World Cup News
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Poland’s World Cup hopes are going to largely been resting on the capable shoulders of one man. That man is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski who is their star attraction. However there is a decent balance throughout the side to support him and as they go in the most openly competitive of groups, the Europeans will fancy their chances of progressing.

How Poland qualified

Poland did a good job in World Cup qualification topping out their group. Granted it wasn’t the most difficult of groups but there were some tricky away challenges in there. Overall Poland posted a W8 D1 L1 record in the group and the only loss that they suffered in that sequence was a 4-0 defeat out on the road in Denmark. But with a 3-2 reverse win over the Danes that kept them comfortably in control of their own destiny in the group. They netted 28 goals in their ten qualification fixtures and scored at least two goals in all but one of their ten games. It was a fantastic output from them and of course, Robert Lewandowski was fully in the thick of it, scoring 16 of their 28 goals.

That was, once again some output from Lewandowski and it is fair to say that if he was playing for some online like Brazil or Germany, he would probably be an outright favourite to win the Golden Boot at Russia 2018. But he is not and he is only a 25/1 poke* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) to finish the tournament as the top scorer. With that having been said though he could make an impact in the group stages.

World Cup 2018 Group Stage

Poland go against Senegal, Colombia and Japan at the 2018 World Cup, not the toughest of groups by any imagination. Their campaign kicks off against Senegal and with a win in that one, that would give them a fantastic start and something to defend when they meet Colombia in their second fixture. Things look as if they are going to be pretty even between Poland, Senegal and Colombia in the group and they all look as if they can take points off each other.

The difference for Poland is that they do have the world-class quality up front in Lewandowski. In a tight group, his presence could go a long way in making a different. Poland are favourites to win their match against Senegal, while they are trading as 9/4 underdogs at bet365 for their game against Colombia* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). However, Colombia’s form hasn’t been great for a while now and there’s nothing about the South Americans that Poland should fear.

Poland are 2/1 second favourite with bet365* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) behind Colombia to win the group, with the Poles at 4/6 to qualify* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018). But there is a really good opportunity for them here to progress and as they can look forward to a flourish against Japan in their last game, they are a decent option to back to go and win this group.

2018 World Cup Odds*

Brazil 4/1, Germany 9/2, France 13/2, Spain 6/1, Argentina 9/1, Belgium 11/1, England 18/1, Portugal 25/1, Uruguay 33/1, Croatia 33/1, Colombia 40/1, Poland 50/1, bar 100/1* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018)

Poland World Cup History

Poland really had a long wait to make their presence known on the world stage. From the inaugural 1930 edition through to Italy 1970, Poland appeared in the finals just once, in 1938 when they lost their one game played. It was a tight loss though as they went down against Brazil 6-5 after extra time. They made their entrance in 1974 and hit the ground running, surprising everyone with a third-place finish in Germany. They repeated the feat eight years later in Spain.

Sandwiched in between those two big successes was a second-round finish in 1978. After going home in the round of sixteen at Mexico ‘86 there was again a long absence from the World stage for Poland who didn’t qualify for any of the next three World Cup editions. But hey got back there for the 2002 and the 2006 World Cups, but the same fate awaited them in both campaigns, going home in the group stage.

Overall their World Cup record is W15 D5 L11 which actually isn’t’ all that bad and those two third-place finishes have been their best returns.

Poland Predictions

At 2/1 odds with Bet365 to win Group H* (betting odds taken at 7.30 p.m. on April 24th, 2018) that actually looks a decent proposition. Senegal don’t look anything too great that Poland can’t handle them and really Colombia don’t look as strong as they were four years ago when they made a big splash in Brazil. Poland, and having to rely on Lewandowski isn’t a bad thing, and they can push hard for top spot in Group H. The only drawback for them really is that they are probably going to struggle to collect clean sheets along the way, because they are lacking defensive quality.



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