The last clash of the first round of games will see Poland taking on Senegal, with their Group H clash taking place at Moscow’s Spartak Stadium.
What’s their current form?
Poland have scored plenty of goals in their last 3 games, beating Korean Rep. 3-2, scoring a 2 all draw with Chile and last week they beat Lithuania 4-0.
Senegal have played five games this year, scoring draws in their first three encounters with Uzbekistan, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Luxembourg before going down to Croatia 2-1 and then beating South Korea last week 2-0.
Poland: Szczesny; Piszczek, Bednarek, Pazdan, Rybus; Krychowiak, Linetty; Blaszczykowski, Zielinski, Grosicki; Lewandowski.
Senegal: K.N’Diaye; Wague, Koulibaly, Sane, Sabaly; Gueye, Kouyate, A.N’Diaye; Mane, Sakho, Konate.
Any interesting facts I should know?
Polish strike Robert Lewandowski was the top goal scorer throughout qualifying, as he bagged 16 of Poland’s 28 goals. Poland topped their group to become the 14th team to earn a spot in Russia. Senegal qualified through a third round play-off, where they dominated.
What should I be betting on?
Lewandowski to score in a win for Poland.
Senegal return to the World Cup after a 16 year hiatus and The Wolf is predicting that they will raise some eyebrows in the process. They are not your typical African side and Wolfy says to keep a close eye on their physicality. Kouyate and Gueye rarely come off second best and the energy of Mane will allow them to press up the field. We are used to seeing African nations produce great athletes but not smart footballers. This is not one of those sides. Their entire squad play across Europe and they are technically proficient as a result. They have maintained 3 clean sheets in their last 4 matches and have conceded a total of 4 goals in their last 8. Poland have the class of Lewandowski to turn to but The Wolf cannot see them getting him the necessary supply. Poland have conceded the opening goal in 7 of their last 8 World Cup matches and have failed to score in 6 of their last 8 – all losses. As suggested by his goal scoring record in qualifying, Poland rely heavily on Lewandowski. Senegal have the troops required to contain him and it will help them spring an upset.
TV channel, kick-off time, betting odds, tips, live stream and team news
What time is kick off? The game starts at 6pm (local time) on June 19. In Australia, kick-off will be at 1am on June 20th.
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? Both sides are injury free.
Who’s the referee? Not yet announced.
What happened the last time they played each other? This will be their first encounter.