Prediction and odds for the game: Poland (19/4) vs England (3/5)
We are backing over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10
When: Wednesday, 8th September 2021, Kick-off 19:45
Where: The Stadion Narodowy
On Wednesday night, Poland and England clash in Warsaw, in what could be a crucial game in Group I of World Cup qualifying.
The home side has their work cut out to catch group leaders England, as they currently trail Gareth Southgate’s team by five points. If Paulo Sousa’s team are to have any chance of nicking that automatic qualification spot for Qatar 2022.
Poland have won their last two outings in World Cup qualifying, hammering Albania 4-1 and San Marino 7-1. Star striker Robert Lewandowski has scored three times in those recent wins. The Bayern Munich hotshot has now scored six goals in Poland’s last four qualifiers. He missed the reverse fixture in March and will be the biggest threat to England’s usually solid backline.
The recent wins were just the tonic that Poland needed after a poor Euro 2022, which saw them fail to win in three matches, suffering two defeats and picking up a draw.
Their recent record in World Cup qualifying is respectable, as the home team have now won six of their last eight qualifiers. One of the exceptions in that run was a 2-1 defeat in the reverse fixture at Wembley.
Poland have been particularly strong on home soil in qualifiers, as they are unbeaten in nine matches, having recorded eight victories. They have also scored at least three goals in their last five qualifiers on home soil.
Gareth Southgate’s team look set to cruise to another major tournament after winning all five of their qualifiers in Group I. The England head coach made a host of changes for their last match, but the Three Lions still recorded a comfortable 4-0 win over Andorra at Wembley. Midfielder Jesse Lingard scored a hat-trick last time out but is likely to have to settle for a place on the substitutes bench for this clash.
England’s record in World Cup qualifying is strong, to say the least, as they are unbeaten in 26 qualifiers, a record dating back 12 years. They have also won 11 of their last 12 qualifiers for the world’s best international competition.
The visitors also have a good recent away record in qualifying for the World Cup, as they are unbeaten in 12 matches on their travels, having won their last four qualifiers away from home.
This is a must-win game for Poland, but England have proven in recent tournaments that they are difficult opponents to beat. We believe that England will win, but we are going to go with the goals market for our picks. Our first pick is for Robert Lewandowski to be an anytime goalscorer, as he has been as sharp as ever this season. The other pick is for over 2.5 goals to be scored, as Poland are prolific on home soil and England present an obvious attacking threat.
Our Picks: We are backing Robert Lewandowski to be an anytime goalscorer at odds of 2/1 and/or over 2.5 goals scored at odds of 11/10. (All odds are taken from Bet365).[geosnippet id=3620]
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