Poland and Slovakia are both searching for a positive start to Euro 2020, as the two countries lock horns at the Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg on Monday. With Spain and Sweden also in Group E, a win for either country would be huge.
Where and when: Krestovsky Stadium – 14 June, kick-off 17:00
Where you can see Poland vs. Slovakia: ITV
Last time: These countries haven’t played each other since a 2013 friendly, when Slovakia won 2-0 thanks to goals from Juraj Kucka and Robert Mak.
Poland v Slovakia Predictions and Preview
Getting out of Group E is going to be tough for both Poland and Slovakia. You feel that a victory in this game will be pretty vital for either country’s chances, in a fixture which has often produced some lively encounters over the years.
Poland and Slovakia have played each other eight times since their first meeting in qualifying for Euro 96. Those eight matches have produced a total of 25 goals at an average of more than three per game, even factoring in a pair of 1-0 scorelines in 2009 and 2012.
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Over 3.5 goals
Poland to win 3-1
Lewandowski to score first
Half of those eight matches have seen four or more goals, with an over 3.5 goals bet in these Poland v Slovakia predictions priced at 10/3 with William Hill. If you’re more interested in the outright market, Poland are the 6/7 favourites for the win, while Sloviakia are available at 23/5.
A draw is 23/10, and would keep both teams in the running to make the knockout rounds. Four of the six third-placed teams will progress to the round of 16, so a stalemate would be far from terminal for both sides.
Neither team comes into this game in great form, with Poland only winning one of their last seven matches. The Eagles lost three of those, drawing the other three against Hungary, Russia and Iceland, with the latter two their warm-up fixtures for the Euros.
Slovakia have only won one of their last six games, although their only defeat in that run was a 2-0 loss against the Czech Republic. The Falcons are unbeaten in their last five, drawing four times with Cyprus, Malta, Bulgaria and Austria and beating Russia 2-1.
One to watch for Poland: Robert Lewandowski heads into this competition as Europe’s most in-form striker. The Bayern Munich man scored an incredible 48 goals for his club last season, and is the 11/5 favourite to break the deadlock in this game.
One to watch for Slovakia: Marek Hamsík is the star of the show for Slovakia. The 33-year-old former Napoli player has 26 goals from 126 international appearances, and is 6/1 to add to his tally in the anytime scorer market here.
Long shot: Slovakia have won three of their last four games against Poland, scoring five goals and conceding only one in the process. Stefan Tarkovic’s side are out at 35/1 to win this game 2-0, rising to a monstrous 575/1 if you add Hamsik as the first scorer.