Poland – Group H – Overview and Poland betting tips
Poland will be a World Cup 2018 participant this summer and it will be the first time in 12 years that they are playing on the biggest stage of them all. That will surprise many as they have established themselves as a strong football nation in recent years, led by Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski and backed up by several other quality players. After making their mark at European Championship competitions, this could be the last chance for many of the Poland squad to make an impression at a World Cup.
Poland have not reached the last 16 of this tournament since 1986 and that will be the minimum expectation of this group, although they’ll have to go above and beyond to match their best every finish at the World Cup, which is finishing third back in ’74 and ’82. Here at Open Odds we will give you the lowdown on this World Cup team Poland 2018 including Poland betting odds and the key men who will be pivotal to their chances in Russia this summer.
Poland prediction: How well will they do?
Poland were handed one of the most intriguing groups and it really is the hardest to call at Russia this summer. Their fine form over the past 18 months meant that Poland were a top seed for the World Cup draw, ahead of even Spain, as it was done on your FIFA World Rankings at the time. Yet, despite having the advantage of first seed, it is still a tough draw with Colombia, Japan and Senegal providing tough, and contrasting, opposition with their styles. However, Poland will be confident that they can progress, which can be taken at 8/13 with Sky Bet. That may not appeal to many punters as it is odds-on, so you may prefer to take them at 9/4 to finish second, or 2/1 to win the group with the same bookmakers.
It’s tough to call though, as Colombia are slight favourites and you can make a strong case for them winning the group. Senegal are another dangerous team but we would back Poland to just about have enough to see them off, so we will back them at 9/4 to finish second in Group H. Unfortunately, the format has not been kind to Poland for the next round as they will have to play someone from Group G which is highly likely to be Belgium or England.
There’s no doubt that Poland could give either side a game as they have several quality players but it seems a big ask to beat either of those sides, particularly Belgium who have a seriously strong squad. The game against England would be close but the Three Lions look to have a bit more quality and pace in key areas of the pitch which could see them through. Given that, we will also recommend backing Poland to be eliminated in the last 16 which can be taken at 11/8 with Bet Victor. Whether they finish first or second in their group, it’s going to be a tough encounter for the Poles in their quest to reach the last eight.
Poland to finish second in Group H – 9/4 Sky Bet
Poland to be eliminated in the last 16 – 11/8 Bet Victor
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Journey to the World Cup — Who did Poland beat to qualify?
Poland’s strong form in the past few years has done them a lot of favours in terms of their ranking and that meant they got a favourable qualifying draw as a top seed. In fairness, they still had some tricky games with Denmark, Romania and Montenegro providing stubborn opposition, but the Poles were favourites and lived up to expectations. They managed to collect 25 points from the ten games and that secured a routine passage to the finals.
Once again they impressed with their attacking football, scoring 28 goals in their group, with Lewandowski netting 16 of those, making him the most prolific scorer in the entire qualifying campaign – one goal ahead of Cristiano Ronaldo. The only worrying aspect of their qualifying campaign was a 4-0 defeat in Denmark where they were comprehensively outplayed. However, given their performances on the whole it can be put down to a bad day at the office. All in all, Poland made light work of reaching Russia.
Best players for Poland: Who should you be betting on?
You will all know who the star man is for Poland and he really doesn’t need any introduction. Lewandowski has established himself as one of the best number nines on the planet and is capable of scoring all types of goals. He also always delivers for his country, we’ve already touched upon his fantastic record in qualifying and he has 52 goals in 93 games for the national team since making his debut. At 29-years old this is going to be his first World Cup and probably his last at his peak levels so he will be determined to make a major impact.
Obviously, he is going to be crucial for Poland and it’s no surprise that he is as short as 2/5 to be their top scorer at the tournament, which is too short a price to recommend. We also wouldn’t back him to be the top scorer in the competition as Poland have no easy games in the group and it’s hard to see how they can progress to the latter stages.
One man who could shine this summer is his strike partner Arkadiusz Milik. The duo were formidable at Euro 2016 until injury hit and Milik has suffered with problems since. However, he is back now and has started to score goals for Napoli just in time for Russia. With a great left-foot and aerial strength, he may be worth a small bet to be the top Polish scorer at 6/1 with Bet Victor. It’s much better value than Lewandowski even though the Munich man is understandably favourite.
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Who manages Poland?
Adam Nawałka has been in charge of the national team for five years now and has done a fine job. He boasts a long coaching record at club level in his native country and has made the step up to the national team with ease. He has a clear identity and way of playing that the players respond to and is very aggressive and attack-minded in his approach.
Many of the stars of this team are coming towards their last shot at the World Cup and the manager may not want to bring through the next generation so he will want a big performance from his stars on what could be their last major tournament.
Why bet on Poland?
This World Cup 2018 Poland side are a very good team, as the rankings suggest, and perhaps haven’t got the credit they’ve deserved over the years. They have quality all over the pitch from Lukas Fabianski or Wojciech Szczesny in goal to Kamil Glik in defence. Further up the pitch they are very exciting with Napoli’s Piotr Zeilinski sure to be a star in the years to come.
Yet, their front two are the real standout aspect of this team. Whether Milik plays every game having suffered with injuries remains to be seen but he is a class act and Lewandowski is a match winner. The only downside for Poland has been the draw and they are going to have to beat a lot of good sides if they are to make it to the latter stages of the competition which is unfortunate.
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