Poland v Colombia Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 20, 2018
Kazan Arena – World Cup Group H
Poland and Colombia will try to rescue their World Cup campaigns on Sunday evening when they play their second match at the Kazan Arena. Both teams lost their opening matches, with the Colombians losing 2-1 to Japan and the Poles being defeated by Senegal.
These two nations have met five times before, with Colombia winning three and Poland two. However, Los Cafeteros have won the last three meetings between the two, with Poland’s last win coming way back in 1985. The last fixture was in May 2006 when Colombia won 2-1 in an international friendly.
Carlos Sanchez will serve a suspension for Colombia having been sent off in the opening moments of their loss to Japan. James Rodriguez started that game on the bench for his country but coach Jose Pekerman could start the Bayern Munich man this weekend. Poland may have Kamil Glik available to start after his injury, while Wojciech Szczesny could face competition if he’s to don the gloves again, with Lukasz Fabianski hoping to be selected. Jakub Blaszczykowski was brought off at half-time against Senegal due to injury and he may not feature.
Poland v Colombia Preview and Predictions
While all the nations in Group H look to be of comparable quality, Colombia and Poland were the sides tipped by most to emerge from it. But after opening defeats for both, their future at the finals could depend on a positive result in Kazan against arguably their strongest rivals.
Colombia were unfortunate to go down to ten men early on last time out and that undoubtedly was a major influencing factor in their defeat to the Japanese. With a full complement of players, and the expected return of James Rodriguez to the starting line-up, it’s no surprise that Pekerman’s team are favourites for this match at 23/20. It’s just one loss in five for them, but it remains to be seen whether the lack of warm-up games under the belt of the South Americans (they’d played only once since March before the tournament) will cost them.
No one knew what to expect from Poland in Russia. After storming through qualifying, Adam Nawalka’s side stuttered in subsequent friendlies, winning only two of their six preparatory fixtures. Poland will hope to have the excellent Glik in their backline for the match against the Colombians because their defensive performance against Senegal was, at times, atrocious. They’re at 13/5 to bounce back with three points but need to improve massively if they’re to even get the draw which is at 13/5 too.
Colombia to win at 23/20
With 11 players on the pitch, including James Rodriguez, Colombia have more than enough to advance to the knockout rounds.
Over 2.5 goals at 17/16
Colombia will come out with all guns firing on Sunday evening, and as the game wears on, Poland must abandon their conservative approach.