Poland v Senegal – 19.06.2018 – Betting Tip
Poland and Senegal are set to close the first round on Tuesday afternoon in what could easily prove out to be direct battle for the second-place with Colombia emerging as the group favourite. Making the difference will be quite a huge task for both sides on the day given both Poland and Senegal have strengths to promise them success here.
Both teams do boast a world-class forward apiece, but we can hardly imagine goals galore when they take on each other as there is much more behind the names of Robert Lewandowski and Sadio Mane in their respective ranks.
The European outfit may have the advantage on the bench with Adam Nawalka whose experience from the EUEO 2016 in France might be vital for this type of affairs in contrast to Aliou Cisse who is leading Senegal for the first time at the biggest stage. The Lions of Teranga have actually featured the World Cup just once in the past. It was a formidable experience for them as the team went on to reach the last eight round back in 2002 in South Korea/Japan. Interestingly, their current manager was one of the key figures in the centre of the park in that squad.
Lewandowski has earned Poland a tag of an extremely dangerous attacking outfit over the years. They justified it in the qualifying process bagging an impressive 28-goal tally in ten fixtures en route to topping the respective group ahead of the likes of Denmark, Montenegro, Romania, Armenia and Kazakhstan.
Bayern Munich’s predator was obviously the one responsible for the finishing touch as he packed as many as 16 of these 28 goals, beating Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal by one on scoring charts. Nevertheless, the team did concede 14 goals in ten qualifying affairs, the highest any group winner has shipped in the European zone of World Cup Qualifications.
This might be a concern for Nawalka, but he already proved to have an ace in the sleeve two years ago in France when Poland only conceded two goals at EURO, boasting joint-best defensive record at the tournament together with Italy. The team was stopped in the last eight losing to the latter champions Portugal on penalties and this might be the last opportunity for the Polish “Robert Lewandowski generation” to make an impact at the biggest stage.
The Lions of Teranga took advantage of the somewhat easier group in the final round of the African World Cup Qualifications to cruise past Burkina Faso, Cape Verde Islands and South Africa with four wins and two draws in six outings. The team was very tough to break down allowing no more than three goals along the way.
It’s the rock-soli defensive line which is the main characteristic of this Senegalese generation with a pair of Premier League defensive midfielders serving as a shield ahead of the four-man back line. West Ham’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Everton’s Idrissa Gueye will be essential to team’s success in Russia and they will be the ones responsible for preventing the ball to come to Poland’s sole striker Lewandowski.
Napoli’s Kalidou Kolibaly is in the heart of the defense which shipped no goals in three of four warm-up friendlies before the trip to Russia. The team eased past fellow World Cup contestant Korea Republic 2-0 in the final test last Monday clinching a 2-0 victory.
The attacking line will rely exclusively on Sadio Mane who has an absolute freedom to shift positions in the final third, but Liverpool’s superstar will mainly act behind the main forward Diafra Sakho.
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Head to Head and Stats
This will be the first ever head to head meeting between Poland and Senegal.
Out Tips and Predictions
Even though Poles showed a huge attacking potential in both WC qualifications and recent friendly internationals, we just can’t see plenty of space for Lewandowski & company past the stern defensive line of Senegal’s here. If you add the importance of the affair itself, we’d not be shocked even to see a match with one or even none goals. Under 2.5 goals thus looks to be by far the best of the betting tips here, set at the odds of 13/20 (1.65).
As mentioned above, making the difference will be quite a significant task for both teams on the day, meaning the value is strong with the draw, set at 9/4 (3.25) with most betting sites in Nigeria.