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It all comes down to this for both sides here. Argentina got off to a poor start with a shock defeat against Saudi Arabia but after clinching victory over Mexico, they’ll know a win here would book their place in the knockout stages. Poland currently tops the group, but are overwhelming underdogs and can qualify with a draw.

Poland v Argentina Stats

  • Argentina are huge favourites heading into this one and really need a win to guarantee their progression
  • Argentina have won the corner count in both of their group-stage matches so far
  • Poland have lost the corner count in both of their group-stage outings

 

Poland vs Argentina Prediction:

Betting Tip: -3 Corner handicap

Argentina could possibly find themselves on an early flight home if they do not win here. It would’ve been inconceivable to think that could be the case prior to the tournament starting given they were one of the favourites to go all the way and win the competition.

But after suffering an opening 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia, now considered one of the biggest shocks in World Cup history, Lionel Scaloni’s side were left with a mountain to climb but responded well by defeating Mexico.

A draw may not be enough when they take on current group leaders, Poland, and with Saudi Arabia and Mexico kicking off at the same time, Albiceleste will be desperate to go out and secure victory.

This is Lionel Messi’s last chance at World Cup success and you can guarantee Argentina will be playing on the front foot and looking to dominate from the very first whistle.

A draw for Poland would guarantee their spot in the next round and they’ll be under no illusions about the magnitude of this match and how it’s likely to unfold. Boss Czesław Michniewicz has a decision to make, does he opt to go a little more defensive or does he stick with fielding a more attack-minded side?

I’m expecting Poland to soak up the pressure and try to pick their moments. They won’t underestimate Argentina and will have to deal with wave after wave of Albiceleste attack. With situations like that, anywhere will do and I expect plenty of corners for the Argentinians.

Depending on if things are still tight, the final 15 minutes could see a plethora of corners and I would also keep an eye on inplay corners if that’s the case. However, my main pick here is for Argentina to cover a -3 corner handicap.

Poland vs Argentina Results

Date Result Competition
17/01/1984 Argentina 1-1 Poland Nehru Cup
26/11/1992 Argentina 2-0 Poland International Friendly
05/06/2011 Poland 2-1 Argentina International Friendly

 

Poland vs Argentina Team News 

Poland: 

  • Poland have their full 26-man squad to choose from here

Argentina:

  • Leandro Paredes could return for Argentina here after being benched against Mexico
  • Lionel Scaloni made changes against Mexico, with Lisandro Martinez and Marcos Acuna coming in
  • He may stick with a similar team, but giving Enzo Fernandez, who scored Argentina's second goal, a start ahead of Guido Rodriguez

 

Poland vs Argentina Lineups

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Poland

Szczesny, Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Frankowski, Milik, Lewandowski

Argentina 

Martinez, Montiel, Otamendi, Martinez, Acuna, Allister, Fernandez, Paul, Maria, Messi, Martinez

Poland vs Argentina Score Prediction:

Poland 0-1 Argentina