On Saturday lunchtime, Poland face a Saudi Arabia facet using excessive from an earth-shattering World Cup opener.
The goalless stalemate performed out between Poland and Mexico will do nicely to outlive within the collective consciousness by the tip of the group stage. Saudi Arabia’s 2-1 toppling of World Cup favourites Argentina will ceaselessly have a spot inscribed alongside the match’s best upsets.
A “very emotional” Robert Lewandowski, as described by his supervisor, could wrestle to neglect a contest stained by his wayward second-half penalty. Nonetheless, Poland have made a greater begin than 4 years prior and will leapfrog Argentina’s conquerors with a victory this weekend.
This is every little thing it’s worthwhile to know concerning the conflict between two groups in a large open group C.
Poland vs Saudi Arabia H2H Outcomes (All Time)
Present Type (Final 5 Video games)
Poland crew information
Czeslaw Michniewicz arrived in Qatar with a completely match squad at his disposal. Regardless of the frustration of a gap day draw, Poland seem to have emerged from their tie with Mexico unscathed – though, centre-back Kamil Glik did maintain two blows to the top.
Poland Beginning 11 (3-5-2): Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior; Money, S Szymanski, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Zalewski; Milik, Lewandowski.
Bench: Skorupski, Grabara, Jedrejczyk, Wieteska, Bednarek, Gumny, Bielik, D Szymanski, Zurkowski, Frankowski, Grosicki, Skoras, Kaminski, Swiderski, Piatek.
Saudi Arabia crew information
A critical head harm suffered by Yasser Al-Shahrani was a bitter be aware in a match so historic, a Saudi Arabian nationwide vacation was declared in its honour.
Goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais collided forcefully together with his teammate within the second half. Earlier than departing on a stretcher, Al-Shahrani gave a double thumbs-up however he reportedly fractured his jaw and left facial bones.
Salman Al- Faraj additionally limped off on the cusp of half-time with a hamstring harm.
Saudi Arabia Beginning 11 (4-2-3-1): Al-Owais; Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Al-Bulayhi, Al-Burayk; Al-Abed, Al-Malki; Al-Buraikan, Kanno, S Al-Dawsari; Al-Shehri.
Bench: Al-Yami, Al-Aqidi, Al-Amri, Madu, N Al-Dawsari, Al-Ghannam, Al-Hassan, Otayf, Al-Najei, Al-Oboud, Bahebri, Asiri.
Whereas the chances are nowhere close to as slim as their first-round contest, Saudi Arabia are nonetheless deemed to be the underdogs towards Poland.
Inexperienced Falcons supervisor Herve Renard admitted that “all the celebrities within the sky have been in a line for us” to defeat Argentina. Nonetheless, a daring and brilliantly executed excessive line definitely helped – as did the deafening travelling help.
Saudi’s historical past makers could not earn a second consecutive victory, however they may defy expectations once more to assert a degree towards a Poland facet which provided little open-play assault risk.
Prediction: Poland 1-1 Saudi Arabia