With Colombia expected to progress to the Round of 16, challengers Poland and Senegal go head to head in search of maximum points and a pivotal advantage in Group H.
The White and Reds are in reasonable shape, recently thumping Lithuania 4-0 in their final warm up game, while the Lions of Teranga ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against South Korea.
Where and when: Otkritie Arena – 19 June, kick-off 16:00
Where you can see Poland vs. Senegal: ITV
Last time: Tuesday afternoon’s encounter will be the first time the two countries have ever met.
|Both teams to score in the first half||5/1||Offer|
|Match over 11.5 corners and over 2.5 goals||6/1||Offer|
|Poland to win 2-1||9/1||Offer|
Poland v Senegal Predictions and Preview
Hotshot Robert Lewandowski leads his country in Russia after hitting a stunning 16 goals in qualifying. The Bayern Munich hotshot beat off competition from a host of names, including Cristiano Ronaldo to finish the campaign as the top scorer in Europe.
At club level, the 29-year-old has expressed a desire to move on and a good showing at the World Cup is likely to put him in the shop window for the likes of Real Madrid and fellow heavyweights on the continent.
At 11/4, Lewandowski is predictably the favourite to open proceedings against Senegal and the hitman could easily hit three or four in the group stages. Napoli midfielder Piotr Zielinski is the name to look out for in the Poland squad and the playmaker has the potential to be one of the breakout stars of the competition. Zielinski will feature in the side alongside club teammate Arkadiusz Milik, and will be tasked with providing the supply line to the striking duo. Milik, who suffered another year ravaged by injuries, is 15/8 to notch anytime and there is value here given the player is predicted to start. The White and Reds are 7/5 to claim the points on the day.
Meanwhile, Senegal are 23/10 to secure the victory, and the West Africans should not be underestimated. The 23 man group selected is not short of attacking options, with Liverpool star Sadio Mane leading the way. Mane, with Monaco’s Keita Balde, pose a real threat to Poland’s defence while the dominant Kalidou Koulibaly is a force at the back.
One to watch for Poland: Zielinski is 11/1 to strike last and make it three international games on the bounce in which he’s got on the scoresheet.
One to watch for Senegal: M’Baye Niang is 17/2 in the same betting and the speedy Milan owned forward will be an effective option off the bench against a weary backline.
Long shot: Poland recorded a hugely impressive 28 efforts from their 10 games in qualifying but also conceded 14. Surprisingly, and as the group winners, this figure was higher than each of the second, third and fourth placed nations who finished below and it was the exploits of Lewandowski that frequently sealed the result. A highly entertaining 3-2 triumph for Adam Nawałka’s men is available at 40/1.