Poland v Senegal Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
June 15, 2018
Otkrytie Arena – World Cup Group H
Poland and Senegal go head-to-head at the Otkrytie Arena in their first match at this summer’s World Cup, with both nations harbouring ambitions of reaching the knockout stages. Group H, which also includes Colombia and Japan, is wide open and this game could go some way to deciding who makes it through to the round of 16.
These two nations have never met before in international football. Poland haven’t met African opposition of any kind at a tournament since 1986 when they drew 0-0 with Morocco at the World Cup finals in Mexico.
Senegal head into their opening World Cup fixture without any injury worries in their 23-man squad. The Lions of Teranga will hope to keep key man Sadio Mane’s fitness levels up as he is key to their system. Poland, who have Robert Lewandowski leading the line, escaped a major scare in the run-up to this game. Indispensable defender Kamil Glik injured his shoulder attempting a bicycle kick during a training session, but he has recovered unexpectedly quickly. He may miss the game with Senegal but should be available before the end of the group stage.
Poland v Senegal Preview and Predictions
This is without doubt the most even group at the World Cup finals and the odds in this match reflect that. Poland are favourites to win it at 7/5 and lost just one match during qualification as they finished five points clear of Denmark. But Adam Nawalka’s men a not-insignificant 14 goals in ten games and that defensive fragility is likely to be compounded by the injury to Glik.
Senegal ended a four-game winless run with a victory over South Korea before heading off to Russia but there’s still concern over a lack of goals. Coach Aliou Cisse will have to remove the shackles in Group H if he’s to get the best out of what is arguably the best-equipped of the African nations at this summer’s tournament. Senegal are at 5/2 to win, with the draw at 23/10.
This is a difficult match to call, with Poland’s leakiness potentially cancelled out by Senegal’s conservatism. Combined with the disastrous consequences of a defeat, a tight encounter could be played out in Moscow and under 1.5 goals at 21/10 could be worth considering. If there is a goal, then look no further than Poland’s Robert Lewandowski to get it. He’s netted four times in Poland’s last three matches and is at 11/10 to score anytime.
Robert Lewandowski to score first at 3/1
The Bayern Munich striker has opened the scoring in Poland’s last three fixtures and was top scorer during UEFA qualifying with a huge tally of 16 goals.
Under 1.5 goals at 21/10
Poland may have lost their best defender in Kamil Glik but solid Senegal haven’t proved that they have the ability to take advantage of that.