Place: Russia. Moscow. Otkritie Arena
Date: on the 19th of June, 2018 (Tuesday)
Match start: 16:00 (GMT+1)
Tournament: FIFA World Cup, group H, 1st round
Poland (the head coach Adam Nawałka)
Two bright favorites of the 8th final group H according to bookmakers are the national teams of Colombia and Poland. And therefore the battle of the second round with participation of the teams of José Pekerman and Adam Nawałka that will take place on the 24th of June in Kazan will be really one of the most important matches of the group stage.
Poland has achieved its maximum success in frames of the World Cup in 1970th and 1980th when it twice, in the 1974 in Germany and in 1982 in Spain, gained the honorable third place.
And now the modern team of Adam Nawałka has returned to the World Championship after 12-year break. Whether the current generation of Polish football players will be worthy of Grzegorz Lato, Kazimierz Deyna and Zbigniew Boniek? Of course, today the starting line up of the Red and Whites has enough world-class stars. These are the full backs Łukasz Piszczek and Kamil Glik, midfielders Jakub Błaszczykowski, Kamil Grosicki and Grzegorz Krychowiak, and, of course, the top scorer of Bayern, Munich and of all Bundesliga Robert Lewandowski.
Senegal (the head coach Aliou Cissé)
What African team is the most stable among the participants of five last World Cups:
2002. Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia, Republic of South Africa;
2006. Angola, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire, Togo, Tunisia;
2010. Republic of South Africa (hosts), Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria;
2014. Algeria, Ghana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria;
2018. Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, Tunisia;
The forthcoming FIFA World Cup in Russia will be the 5th in this 21st century. As we see, among the best representatives of CAF the most stable are Nigeria (4), Ghana (3), Cameroon (3), Côte d’Ivoire (3) and Tunisia (3).
But Senegal has returned on the football FIFA World Cup after 16-year pause (2002). Today’s Aliou Cissé team can be proud of the most popular players such as: the winger from Liverpool Sadio Mane, the full back from Napoli Kalidou Koulibaly and the central midfielder of West Ham Cheikhou Kouyaté.
Bookmaker coefficients on the match Poland vs Senegal
Of course, by the number of top class players Poland (W1 – 2.35) is considerably ahead of its closest opponent (W2 – 3.55). And this difference in a class and level of the game has found quite logical presentation in the quotations of the main outcomes proposed by bookmakers.
As we have already noted at the very beginning of this prediction, two initial favorites of group H are Colombia and Poland. Of course, in the first round, except the match of teams of Adam Nawałka and Aliou Cissé, there will take place the meeting of Colombia and Japan. And at this meeting the Yellow and Blues will gain three points.
The similar favorite of the match in Moscow on the well-known arena are Poles. And here the bet on possible victory of Robert Lewandowski and the company is more logical.