France vs Poland at the Al Thumama Stadium will be the third match from the last 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022, Qatar. France almost had a perfect record heading into the knockouts of the ongoing competition until their defeat against their group opponent, Tunisia. They, however, are still the clear favorites in the ensuing one-off match against Poland.
The Red Whites who suffered a 2-0 defeat against Argentina looked almost ineffective in its attack in that match. They nevertheless secured a place in the last 16 thanks to a draw against Mexico and a 2-0 win versus Saudi Arabia before that. The East Europeans are in the knockouts of the World Cup for the first time since 1986. Their challenger, France on the other hand has made it to the knockouts for three editions in a row.
France vs Poland Most Recent Team News And Expected Lineups
France is going to have the best fresh legs among any teams in the tournament, courtesy of the nation resting most of the first eleven against Tunisia. AC Milan left-back Theo Hernandez is well expected to start. The front will be at maximum strength with Mbappe, Griezman, Dembele, and Oliver Giroud all set to kick off from the first minute. So will be the case in midfield with the inevitable presence of Real Madrid midfielder Aurelien Tchouameni and Juventus Adrien Rabiot.
For Poland, all of the players who have started from the beginning are available despite some of them being on the verge of receiving the second yellow of the tournament. One place where Poland’s coach, Czeslaw Michniewicz may have a concern is the place of Charlotte FC striker Karol Swiderski; Juventus forward Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek are both equally qualified to come in for the replacement to help the integral forward Robert Lewandowski.
France vs Poland Possible Lineups
France: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezman, Mbappe; Giroud
Poland: Szczesny; Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski; Frankowiak, Zielinski; Lewandowski, Milik
France vs Poland Predictions
In recent times, France has the worst defensive records among the top-tier favorites but their attacking abilities are something that somehow has almost always outscored their deficit. Concerning the attacks, France rested its ace man Kylian Mbappe along with some other key players in its match against Tunisia. The nation therefore should have well-rested legs for the fixture against Poland. The Bialo Czerwoni hasn’t defeated France in their last seven meetings and this fact might really put a bit extra pressure on its players. Poland hasn’t scored more than one goal against the top 20 FIFA countries since at least the summer of 2020.
Their two-goal win in this tournament came against Saudi Arabia; they also failed to net a single goal against Mexico. At full strength, France looks effortlessly dominant. The men on their attack have the perfect blend of speed, power, and artistry arguably even ahead of big names like Argentina and Brazil at the moment. They are only going to make Poland sit deep down and desperately might we add. On top of this Poland’s backline might be one of the most ill-equipped among the nations that are still alive in this competition. Unless Poland shows more attacking quality bookmakers aren’t suggesting betting on their win. But one can hardly see Lewandowski and co-winning better in individual battles or creating enough/promising chances in the opposition’s box. Poland had five total shots on target throughout the three games they played in the group stage and against Argentina zero.
In light of the recent forms of the two teams, we expect France to see some setbacks in the match itself but they are going to find a way nonetheless with a possible score of 3-1.
Projected Scoreline: France 3-1 Poland
France vs Poland Previous Meetings
France and Poland have clashed against each other 16 times across all competitions. Les Bleus, the two-time world champion has the best record in these meetings with eight wins versus Poland’s three. Five of the matches have ended in a tie. Speaking of their meeting in the world cup, the two European nations have locked horns in this franchise only once which was for the third-place decider in the 1982 edition. The match saw Poland coming out on top with a score of 3-2.
France vs Poland Recent Odds
|2/7 (1.29) to win|
|3/1 (4.00) for Kylian Mbappe to score the first goal|
|4/1 (5.00) for Olivier Giroud to score the first goal|
|12/1 (13.00) to win|
|11/1 (12.00) for Robert Lewandowski to score the first goal|
|18/1 (19.00) for Arkadiusz Milik to score the first goal|
|4/1 (5.00) to draw|
Source: bet 365
France vs Poland Previous Stats Of Each Team
|3||Shots on target||3|
|3||Shots inside box||5|
|0||Shots on target||12|
|0||Big chances missed||6|
|2||Shots inside box||20|