Poland vs England betting preview
Fresh from a disappointing Euro 2012 where they failed to advance to the knockout stages despite hosting the tournament, Waldemar Fornalik’s men have made a reasonably solid start to their World Cup qualifying campaign; a draw away at Montenegro and a comfortable home win against minnows Moldova sees them lie third in Group H. Borussia Dortmund trio Lukasz Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczykowski and Robert Lewandowski are arguably Polands key men with all three being linked with some of Europes largest clubs after performing consistently well for the German champions. The latter two provide arguably Poland’s biggest goal threat with Blaszczykowski’s pace potentially a problem for England’s defence. They also have a tight defence with them only conceding more than twice in one game once in their last twenty-six matches.
England head into Tuesday night’s encounter fresh on the back of a 5 – 0 victory over Group H whipping boys San Marino. As expected, Roy Hodgson’s men dominated from start to finish with the visitors having just fifteen seconds of possession in England’s half in the first forty-five minutes. More experienced players such as Ashley Cole and Steven Gerrard are expected to return against Poland with Hodgson having a host of options available to him all over the park. Despite overcoming Moldova and San Marino with ease though, England failed to get three points when up against Ukraine in their other group H match. Here they are up against a similar quality opposition in Poland and with the game coming just days after such an easy victory, they will have to make sure they up their game in what will definitely be a much more trickier match.
Poland vs England betting tips
Match Prediction: England Win 2.00 at William Hill
Also: Under 2.5 goals 1.61 at William Hill
The majority of Poland’s games over the last few months have been low scoring, due to their solid defence. They have kept the likes of Argentina down to just one goal when beating them in a friendly last year and kept a clean sheet against Portugal earlier this year, two teams with some of the finest attacking talent in the world. It will be a tricky task for England to break them down whilst keeping out the attacking threat posed by Lewandowski and Blaszczykowski, but Hodgson will know how crucial a game this is for England to steal a head start on his Group H rivals, especially after the home draw against Ukraine. Expect a tight game, with a disciplined England side knicking it by a goal or two.
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