poland national football team prediciton for the world cup

Led by the talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski, the Polish national team has only flattered to deceive over the last few years. The Poles have produced strong teams through their history with the classes of 1974 and 1982 finishing 3rd in the World Cup. In the European Championships however, they’ve struggled to attain those heights, reaching a respectable quarter-final in 2016.  Currently managed by Portuguese Paulo Soussa and his team, it remains to be seen whether or not Poland will push further than they have in the recent past. 

Poland National Team: Tactics & Principles

Based off of their Euro 2020 campaign, you could see that the manager tried numerous formations in several different games. He tends to like changing it up as per the opposition they face. To gain any measure of success with the way Poland approach games, they need to have the players to carry out these diverse set of instructions over different games against different opposition. Soussa likes the 4-2-3-1 and you’ll see various transitional formats of the 4-2-3-1 depending on their opponents, with solidity in the full back positions and in central midfield. As is the case with countries like Poland, they’ll look to be compact defensively and score goals on the counter attack or with set pieces against the top countries.

Qualifying for the World Cup: Predictions & What to expect

Poland traditionally tend to be a team that lies somewhere in the middle between the top bracket and the bottom-feeder nations. Looking back at their recent fixtures, Poland had impressive wins against sides like San Marino and Albania but struggled somewhat when meeting the likes of Russia and England, with draws and defeats against the top nations. With Russia on the horizon, Robert Lewandowski will have to lead his men to overcome the Russians, literally against the odds and then go one step further to beat the winner of the game between Sweden and the Czech Republic. 

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Bet365 odds suggest that the Russians are favourites to win the semi-final qualifier with odds of 11/8 for Russia and a mere 23/10 to the Poles. Given their form against some of the better teams around them, we don’t foresee Poland checking in to the airports to head to Qatar in December 2022. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions for today and tomorrow).

Poland National Team: Top 5 players

The Polish people will be proud of the caliber of players their nation has produced over the years with a handful of them playing right at the highest level of European football. Many of them have bags of experience in Europe’s top 5 leagues at historic clubs and performing at the highest level. 

Lukasz Fabianski:

Having made his career at Arsenal as Wenger’s 2nd choice behind his fellow country man, Fabianski has proven himself as a reliable Premier League goalkeeper. Wenger was a fan of having two great keepers and he had that in Szczesny and Fabianski. Fabianski would see more game time in the FA Cup which meant he was 2nd choice goal keeper for most of his career. He initially started his Arsenal career quite poorly with some high profile mistakes in the Premier League and Champions League but eventually, he matured into a consistent performer, winning the FA Cup with Arsenal before eventually becoming West Ham’s number 1. Having seen 2 managers come and go already, he’s still David Moyes’ favourite number 1 and deservedly so. (Read our West Ham betting predictions – Fabianski’s current team.)

Robert Lewandowski: 

Easily Poland’s greatest export to the world of football, Robert Lewandowski is one of this generation’s best strikers alongside the likes of Kun Aguero, Karim Benzema and Luis Suarez. Having been the best striker in the Bundesliga for several seasons at Borussia Dortmund, it wouldn’t be long before Bayern Munich would snap him up on a Bosman deal. Ever since the move, he’s won the Champions League, the Bundesliga, the Club World Cup, and many individual awards as he lead the goal scoring charts and has been for more than 3 years now, scoring over 40 goals almost every season. He needs to find a way to replicate that form for Poland though, and as he gets to the September of his career, that is proving more and more challenging. (Read our Bayern Munich betting predictions – Lewandowski’s current team.)

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Lukasz Piszczek:

Lukasz will always be known as one of the Bundesliga greats. A defensively mature player even in his younger years, Lukasz was intelligent enough to play as a right back and a center back, performing at the highest level consistently, year in year out. He made over 250 appearances with Dortmund, winning the Bundesliga twice, the DFB Pokal and finishing runners up in the Champions League when Dortmund lost to Bayern in an all-German final in the 2012-2013 season. He’s made 66 appearances for his country so far and at the age of 36, the national team can lean on his experience to try and qualify for the World Cup. (Read our Borussia Dortmund betting predictions – Piszczek’s Last team at Bundesliga.)

Arkadiusz Milik: 

Better known as “Arke Milik” is a Polish striker known for his exploits in the Eredevisie and the Serie A. In the Dutch and Italian leagues, he played for Ajax and Napoli proving to be a reliable striker. For Ajax, he spent a year on loan before making his move permanent; he scored 32 goals in 52 games over those 2 years. He was then signed by Napoli in 2016 where he played close to 100 games and scoring 38 goals. Milik would be a great option for playing as a target man, and he proved to be a reliable striker for Poland, scoring 16 goals in 61 appearances. (Read our Olympique de Marseille betting predictions – Milik’s current team.)

Piotr Zielinski: 

Piotr Zielinski is a Polish midfielder who has performed at the highest level for several seasons in the Serie A. In his breakthrough season in Udinese, he barely got any play time. He then moved to Empoli and following a two year stint, he managed to play a total of 63 matches and scoring 5 goals. Having impressed at Empoli, Napoli signed him in 2016 along with his comrade. However, he became a more consistent player for the Italian outfit, featuring 196 times since then and scoring 30 times.  For Poland, he’s played at all national team levels from u15 to the senior team and has made 66 appearances, scoring 7 times. (Read our SSC Napoli betting predictions – Zielinski’s current team.)

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Who is Poland’s National Team manager? 

Paulo Soussa is a journeyman defensive midfielder who has played for several clubs around Europe including Benfica, Juventus, and Inter Milan with several others. Surprisingly, he’s won the Champions League twice with Borussia Dortmund and Juventus. He also won the u-20 World Cup with Portugal so as you can see, he was a talented player in a talented group of players in most clubs he played for. As a manager though, he hasn’t been able to replicate that measure of success as a manager. He’s managed 10 teams so far in his career and has never managed a club for longer than 3 years. He has much experience but having just joined the Polish national team in 2021, he still has some way to go before he proves himself.

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