Match: Poland vs Colombia
Competition: World Cup 2018 Group H
Time / Date: 21:00h / 24 June 2018
Venue: Kazan Arena, Kazan.
Poland and Colombia will face each other this Sunday in something that must be a thrilling Group H battle in the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Recognizing both units lost in their tournament openers, here is a must-win match in the race to bypass an elimination unexpected by the bookmakers.
Poland vs Colombia Match Preview
Poland had experienced a mini-revival following a boring run in front of goal before their loss to Senegal. A 3-2 win versus South Korea thanks to Piotr Zielinski’s last-minute winner was supported by a 2-2 draw with Chile – Zielinski and Robert Lewandowski scoring. Two extra goals for Lewandowski resulted in a 4-0 thrashing of Lithuania, but they could not extend that form inside the World Cup.
Colombia lost with the identical scoreline facing Japan, but was moderated by the loss of Carlos Sanchez, with the former Aston Villa guy sent-off in the third minute for deliberate handball in the area. Japan scored the subsequent penalty, and a blunder by ‘keeper David Ospina after a Colombian equaliser proved decisive.
Poland vs Colombia Head-to-head (H2H)
Colombia won their only past encounter with Poland 2-1 back in 2006, but this will be the first competitive match between the nations.
Poland vs Colombia Team News
Poland isn’t experiencing problems from any fresh injury problems, but Adam Nawalka could opt to make some changes after the horrible display against Senegal. Young Sampdoria midfielder Karol Linetty could be one of those pushing for a starting berth.
Szczesny, Bereszynski, Cionek, Pazdan, Rybus, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Grosicki, Blaszczykowski, Milik, Lewandowski
Carlos Sanchez will be suspended for this match after his sending off against Japan, but James Rodriguez is fit enough to move into the starting lineup for Colombia.
Ospina, Arias, Sanchez, Murillo, Mojica, Lerma, Barrios, Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Quintero, Falcao
Poland vs Colombia Stats and Streaks
- Colombia have failed to win their last 5 matches (FIFA World Cup).
- Poland have failed to keep a clean sheet in their last nine World Cup matches, since beating Portugal 1-0 in 1986.
Poland vs Colombia Prediction
Poland have enormous problems with the energy at World Cups. They lost seven out of last nine World Cup events missing to expose the back of the net six times in these defeats. The first performance at this edition of the tournament does not guarantee such poor record changing anytime soon, particularly knowing they are about to take on the high-profile opposition who are in an equal need for points on the day.