Preview: Poland vs England – prediction, team news, lineups
Arguably England’s toughest test in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup will take place in Warsaw on Wednesday night, as the Three Lions prepare for the battle with Poland in Group I. Poland vs England live stream, Poland vs England today, where to watch Poland vs England.
Gareth Southgate’s second eleven managed a 4-0 win over Andorra last time out, while Poland outscored San Marino with seven goals in a 7-1 win on Sunday night.
San Marino’s rarest of goals represents a major blemish in Poland’s notebook since their weekend encounter with the microstate, but Paulo Sousa’s team eventually scored seven goals on the right end of the field for a comfortable victory.
Serie C forward Nicola Nanni took advantage of a defensive error to score San Marino’s first World Cup qualifying goal in eight years, but Poland were already up 4-0 at that point thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski (two), Karol Linetty, and Karol Swiderski. before Adam Buksa came off the bench to score a hat-trick in the second half.
Now with 11 goals in their last two games thanks to their previous 4-1 defeat of Albania earlier this month, Poland has cemented their place in second place, but the surprise package Albania is only one point behind the men of Sousa and is ready to jump over any more fallen points.
Now that Albania is the lucky one to take on San Marino this week, Poland could find themselves outside of the top two with a less than favorable result against England, and they can only boast three wins in their last 12 games. in all competitions.
However, this week’s hosts have chained a seven-game winning streak at home in qualifying for the World Cup, scoring at least two goals in each of those encounters, while their last home loss at this stage went back to 2013 for Ukraine.
With no fewer than 11 changes in tow, England sought to replicate the performance of the first XI of their 4-0 defeat of Hungary, a game that was marred by the despicable actions of some home fans, when they first hit the Wembley turf. . since the final of Euro 2020.
Birthday boy Bukayo Saka stole the show with a goal and an assist against Andorra as he banished the demons of his penalty pain, while Jesse Lingard’s double and Harry Kane’s penalty contributed to a resounding success for England against their own. fanatics.
With 15 points taken out of 15 possible in qualifying for the World Cup, England have opened a five-point gap at the top of the standings and looks destined to cross over to Qatar 2022, while their one goal conceded count can only be improved by Denmark’s perfect defensive record.
The Three Lions may not be able to boast the most goals in the group, that accolade belongs to Poland’s upcoming opponents, but they are one of only two teams to boast a 100% record in five qualifying matches. and they cannot be usurped no matter what. it happens this week.
While Poland’s record at home in qualifying for the World Cup is to be admired, England have racked up an undefeated run of 12 away games at this stage and ironically their last defeat on the road in qualifying as well. It was against Ukraine in 2009.
Furthermore, England’s four away games in 2021 have seen them march to four straight wins without sending a single goal, and goals from Kane and Harry Maguire helped the Three Lions sink Poland 2-1 in March, their eighth win in 10 games against him. hosts of the week.
Poland possible starting lineup:
Szczesny; Dawidowicz, Glik, Bednarek; Jozwiak, Krychowiak, Moder, Linetty, Rybus; Buksa, Lewandowski
England possible starting lineup:
Pickford; Walker, Stones, Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Phillips; Sterling, Mount, Grealish; Kane