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2022 World Cup Preview: Poland vs Saudi Arabia

Poland will lock horns with Saudi Arabia on Saturday, November 26 as they chase their first three points in the competition. The match will come off at the Education City Stadium at 13:00GMT

Poland head into the match with sheer disappointment from the previous game where they failed to snatch maximum points from Mexico. Lewandowski had an opportunity to score from a penalty which he missed thanks to the heroics of veteran goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa.

Poland will now have to seek a win at all cost to be on the right path to face Argentina in the third round of games. They will have to do that against a more resilient Saudi Arabia team.

Saudi Arabia have shown that they could be everybody else’s nightmare after stunning Argentina in their first match of the tournament. The Arabians remained aggressive throughout the 90 minutes and refused to give up even when Messi scored early in the game. Saudi Arabia came from behind, scored twice and owned the second half with sheer aggressiveness to win all three points against the most in form nation Argentina who were currently on a 36-game unbeaten streak.

FORM GUIDE (LAST FIVE MATCHES)

Poland will be seeking for a third win in four games after beating Wales and Chile and drawing with Mexico. Saudi Arabia on the other hand have lost a game in five with two wins which include the astonishing 2-1 victory over Argentina.

POLAND’S FORM

22 November 2022         Mexico           0-0          Poland             2022 World Cup Group C

16 November 2022          Poland          1–0         Chile                Friendly

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25 September 2022         Wales           0–1          Poland             UEFA Nations League

22 September 2022         Poland          0–2         Netherlands      UEFA Nations League

14 June 2022                  Poland          0–1         Belgium            UEFA Nations League

 

SAUDI ARABIA’S FORM

22 November 2022          Argentina          1-2      Saudi Arabia     2022 Would Cup Group C

16 November 2022          Saudi Arabia      0–1     Croatia             Friendly

10 November 2022          Panama             1–1     Saudi Arabia     Friendly

6 November 2022            Saudi Arabia      1–0     Iceland             Friendly

30 October 2022             Saudi Arabia      0–0      Honduras         Friendly

 

HEAD TO HEAD

Poland have won all encounters between the two sides.

 

 

13 Apr 1994         Poland                1-0         Saudi Arabia        International Friendly

07 Dec 1994        Saudi Arabia        0-2          Poland                International Friendly

10 Dec 1994        Saudi Arabia        1-2          Poland                Internional Friendly

28 Mar 2006        Saudi Arabia       1-2           Poland                International Friendly

 

TEAM NEWS

POLAND

The zeal for Poland to get a win at all cost may tempt manager Czeslaw Michniewicz to add more firepower upfront. Juventus forward Arkadiusz Milik could team up with Lewandowski in attack.

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PREDICTED LINE UP

 

(3-4-1-2): Szczesny; Kiwior, Glik, Bednarek; Cash, Szymanski, Krychowiak, Zalewski; Zielinski; Lewandowski, Milik

 

SAUDI ARABIA

After clashing with his own goalie late in Tuesday’s spectacular victory, Saudi Arabia’s full-back Yasser Al-Shahrani was purportedly flown home from the World Cup after receiving successful jaw surgery. Aside from that, the rest of the team that won against Argentina are likely start. Al Burayk may feature in Al Shahrani’s absence.

PREDICTED LINE UP

(4-3-3): Al-Owais; Al-Burayk, Al-Bulaihi, Al Tambakti, Abdulhamid; Al Malki, Kanno, Al-Abed; Al Dawsari, Al-Shehiri, Al Buraikan Mohammed