Poland in the Driving Seat

News, Tips / Thursday, February 22nd, 2018

It’s been a long time since Poland qualified for the World cup finals but they seem set to seal their place at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. The last time Poland played in the World Cup was back in 2006 and they were eliminated at the group stages.  They also qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea but again failed to make it out of the groups.

They will be hoping to do much better if they make it to Russia next year and are currently sitting top of UEFA World Cup qualifying Group E with 16 points from their six games played. Their opponents in this match are Denmark who are in third place with 10 points, the same number as second place Montenegro but with a lower goal difference.  A win for Poland in Copenhagen would see them move very close to qualification.

Denmark Form

The Danes have won 3, drawn 1 and lost 2 of their 6 games in World Cup qualifying group E.  They have tasted defeat in Poland and at home to Montenegro.  While the defeat in Poland could have been predicted, the loss at home to Montenegro was a very poor result.

Denmark have only lost 2 of their last 8 home World Cup qualifying matches but have struggled to remain consistent and have won only 3 of those games.  The victories have come against Malta, Armenia and Kazakhstan. In recent games, including friendly matches, Denmark have struggled defensively and conceded goals against to Kazakhstan, Montenegro and Czech Republic.

Poland Form

Poland travel to Denmark as the only unbeaten team in Group E.  They were held to a draw in Kazakhstan in the opening round of group fixtures but have bounced back well by winning each of their last 5 games.

There have been victories at home against Denmark, Armenia and Romania plus away wins at Montenegro and Romania. The most impressive aspect of Poland’s play has been their attacking and they have scored an average of 2.5 goals per games in the group.  Furthermore, each of Poland’s group games have seen over 2.5 goals, making them an exciting team to watch.

Team News

Denmark will start with Kasper Schmeichel in goal and a defence which includes captain Simon Kjaer.  Christian Eriksen will be the main creative influence in midfield and Nicolai Jorgensen will lead the attack.

Poland will be relying on Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to score their goals and he has 11 to his name in qualifying.  Jakub Blasczykowski and Piotr Zielinski will be the men looking to supply their talismanic forward.

Top Betting Tips

Given the way Denmark have been defending recently, Poland’s own defensive record and the number of goals being scored by the Poles, this match should be very entertaining.  Over 2.5 goals is available at 21/10 at Bet365 and over 1.5 Poland goals is 2/1 also with Bet365.

You cannot ignore Poland striker Robert Lewandowski who is joint top scorer in European qualifying.  The striker is on offer at 19/20 with William Hill to score at any time. Poland have been leading at half-time in 5 of their 6 group games and you can get 19/2 with William Hill for Poland to be in-front at half-time and go on to win the match. The best bookmaker for this games could be ladbrokes – find out in a ladbrokes review.