Poland vs Portugal / League of Nations – For both teams this is only the second match played in the League of Nations, with the proviso that Portugal celebrated at home with 1-0 over Italy, while Poland has played 1-1 with the same opponent as guest. This only tells us that this could be a key clash in the fight for the first place in the group, so it is quite realistic to expect a more cautious approach from both sides. We should also add that the last time they met was two years ago in the quarter-finals of the European Championship in France, and Portugal was better after a panelty.
Poland vs Portugal begins 11.10.2018 at 20:45 CET
But the Poles have certainly made a very good impression in this competition, as opposed to this year's World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated after the group stage. However, in the last third round they made a victory over Japan, but were defeated by Senegal and Colombia, after which they remained without any chance of finishing in the finals. Meanwhile, this team was taken over by a new coach, Brzeczek, who in his coaching career led only a few of the average Polish clubs.
That is why many were sceptical about the chances of Poland in the League of Nations, but in their first appearance they came to a very valuable guest draw of 1-1 against Italy. After that, they ended their friendly match with Ireland with the same result, which was otherwise played in Wroclaw, in which Brzeczek has sent a combined team on the field. But now against Portugal, we certainly expect the strongest Polish team, led by the great striker from Bayern, Lewandowski.
Probable lineups Poland: Szczesny – Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Reca – Krychowiak – Grosicki, Klich, Linetty, Zielinski –Lewandowski
As for the current European champions, the team of Portugal, they also failed in this summer’s World Cup in Russia, because they were defeated in the round of sixteen with 2-1 from Uruguay. Still, the scorer Santos has remained on the bench, who has decided to invite some fresh powers to the national team, while at the same time he made an agreement with the first star of this team, Cristiano Ronaldo, to spare him in the first match of the League of Nations.
In addition, he missed a friendly match with the current world vice champions, Croatia, which ended with a score of 1-1, while they at the start of the League of Nations after a goal by young striker Andre Silva came home to a 1-0 win over Italy. That is why we are now expecting a similar approach from Poland on the field, while defenders Guedes and Martins were not invited to perform.
Probable lineups Portugal: Rui Patricio – Cancelo, Dias, Pepe, Mario Rui – Pizzi, Neves, W.Carvalho – B.Silva, A.Silva, Bruma
Poland vs Portugal PICK
We have already highlighted in our analysis that this should be one of the key clashes for the first place in this group of the League of Nations, which is why we expect a somewhat more cautious approach and a small number of goals in Chorzow.
Pick: under 2.5 goals
Odds: 1.61 at 888sport (down to 1.56 can be played)
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