World Cup Match 32: Poland v Colombia

The final game in Round 2 will see Poland facing Colombia at the Kazan Arena, where both sides need a win to keep their World Cup hopes alive.


What’s their current form?
Poland were shock Round 1 losers to Senegal, with an own goal by Cionek putting Poland on the back foot early. Senegal then added another goal after an hour before Poland got on the board late in the match thanks to Krychowiak.

Colombia were also surprising first round losers, finding themselves trailing after just 6 minutes when Kagawa slotted the early penalty. Colombia levelled the scores just before halftime through Quintero, however a 73rd minute goal to Japan’s Osako put the result 2-1 in their favour.

Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Rybus; Krychowiak, Linetty; Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Grosicki; Lewandowski.
Colombia: Ospina; Arias, Zapata, D.Sanchez, Mojica; Aguillar, C.Sanchez; Cuadrado, Rodriguez, Muriel; Falcao.

Any interesting facts I should know?
Colombia are a class side in bad form, having won just 2 of their last 10 games.

What should I be betting on?
Colombia should win this.

Wolf’s Prediction

They were the two favourites to progress out of Group F but at least one of them will be going home early. This one may seem hard to believe but The Wolf believes that Poland will be packing their bags. They may be ranked in the top 10 but Wolfy doesn’t buy into rankings but prefers to look at performances against particular teams. They have won just 2 of their last 7 and they came against Lithuania and South Korea – hardly world powerhouses. Colombia on the other hand beat France and drew against both Brazil and Spain. If they can keep 11 men on the pitch we will see the type of performance we saw 4 years ago in Brazil where they won all 3 of their group games. James Rodriguez will be back in the starting line up and with both nations needing all 3 points this one will be a beauty. Once Colombia get ahead they will strike relentlessly on the counter.

Recommended Bets

Best: Colombia WIN ($2.25)
Other: Score Both Halves – Colombia ($3.80)
Value: Colombia 4+ goals ($15.00)


TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news

What time is kick off? The game starts at 9pm (local time) on June 24. In Australia, kick-off will be at 4am on June 25th.

What TV Channel is it on and can I live stream it? In Australia, the only network with live broadcast rights is SBS. SBS Radio will also cover games that aren’t broadcast. Optus Sport in Australia will broadcast every game live as well via live streaming, however it will be available to subscribers only.

What’s the team news and who’s injured? Colombia’s Juan Cuadrado was thought to have recovered from his thigh injury, however it appears he may not play this game either.

Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.

What happened the last time they played each other? 5 games have been played between these two sides, with Colombia scoring 3 wins to Poland’s 2. Colombia have won all of the last three clashes, the most recent being in 2006 where they won 2-1.