Group H: Poland Vs Senegal
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It will be the second encounter of the Group H, just after Columbia Vs Japan takes place. The Poland Vs Senegal match will be in action tonight and it is going to be the 15th match of the tournament.
Poland with world ranking 8 and Senegal ranking 27 will meet in a clash at the Otkrytiye Arena in Moscow. Although Senegal will try to upset Polish dreams with an win over them, Poland are the definite favourites to win according to the neutrals.
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Other teams in the same group as them are Columbia and Japan. Both teams have played each other 3 times, with the most recent encounter occurring in the previous World Cup in Brazil during the group stages where Columbia beat Japan 4-1. While Japs will want to take revenge of that, Columbia will try to replicate that result again against the Japanese.
Let us take a closer look at the two teams in Poland Vs Senegal clash to decide who will prevail in the clash and which players should we watch out for.
History will be made when both the teams meet as they have never met before and surely each one wants an upper hand.
The team is led by Coach Adam Nawalka, a former Polish player himself and as coach, has taken the Poland side to break into the top-tens in world rankings. Nawalka will surely want to his side to qualify for next stage staring with tonight’s Poland Vs Senegal.
The Poland Vs Senegal game is likely to have plenty of goals. In qualifying, the Poles averaged nearly 3 goals a game and conceded more than any other group winners in the qualifying rounds. The biggest liability for captain Lewandowski and coach Nawalka will be their goal-keeper.
Robert Lewandowski (Bayern Munich)
The Bayern Munich star is the captain and striker of the Poland team. With 55 international goals, Robert Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland. He finished the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign with 16 goals in total, a record for an European World Cup qualifier.
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An accurate and efficient finisher with his head as well as both foots, Lewandowski is a prolific goalscorer and an important asset for his team. For Poland to go beyond the group stage, Robert Lewandowski will have to the key to unlock the opposition defense starting with tonight’s Poland Vs Senegal.
Piotr Zielinski (Napoli)
Once rumoured to be on the radar of English giants Liverpool, Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski is one of the brightest young talents in the Poland squad. The 23 year-old made the switch from Udinese to Napoli after making his presence felt at the Euro 2016.
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An attacking midfielder by trade, Zielinski has been capped 29 times for his country with the Napoli midfielder scoring on three occasions.
Arkadiusz Milik (Napoli)
Another Napoli star in the Poland squad, Milik is a top talent dogged by bad luck. The last two years have been a nightmare, with a second anterior cruciate ligament injury.
Arkadiusz Milik made his debut for the national side in 2012 against South Africa. He had a very good Euro 2016 scoring in the opening game against Northern Ireland and also in the penalty shoot-out against Portugal during the Quarter-finals. He will be key player to watch out for in the Poland squad.
Arkadiusz Milik's passing highlights against Luthania. His vision has improved so much. If he passes like this in the World Cup, Polska will be very exciting to watch.#POL #WorldCup pic.twitter.com/FajgOJL1aw
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Milik will be raring to shine for his country in this FIFA World Cup after having two dull seasons and tonight’s Poland Vs Senegal is the perfect opportunity for the young lad.
Nawalka will play them in 4-2-3-1 formation to improve flexibility and to create an element of surprise. The Poland side is dangerous from set-pieces and are very strong on the counter.
Szczesny, Piszczek, Glik, Pazdon, Rybus, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Blaszczykowski, Grosicki, Milik, Lewandowski
Nicknamed as The Lions of Teranga, Senegal made its first FIFA World Cup appearance in 2002, and caused a huge upset by defeating World Cup and Euro champions France in their opening encounter. Senegal made a sensational debut in the FIFA World Cup 2002 reaching the Quarter-finals while playing the tournament for the first time.
The Senegal team with Head Coach Aliou Cisse and Captain Cheikhou Kouyate having a FIFA ranking of 27 opens their 2018 FIFA World Cup campaign with the Poland Vs Senegal encounter.
Sadio Mane (Liverpool)
Sadio Mane is among the best African players currently playing in Europe and the Liverpool man knows his trade pretty well. Mane is one of the reasons, Liverpool reached the finals of the Champions League 2018 alongside Mohamed Salah.
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The Senegal winger, known to be capable of playing on both wings, is very fast and has great endurance with great crossing and dribbling ability. He has proved to be the ultimate momentum man and has the ability to change the game in the blink of an eye. Senegal will highly rely on the winger to deliver against Poland Vs Senegal.
Kalidou Koulibaly (Napoli)
Another Napoli player involved in tonight’s Poland Vs Senegal match, Kalidou Koulibaly is one the best African players in currently playing in Europe.
Kalidou Koulibaly is a very crucial piece to the Senegal cause. The Napoli centre-back controls the defense line for Senegal while Mane lifts the side to a higher travel in attack.
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Idrissa Gueye and Cheikhou Kouyate will be the main midfielders providing the backbone to the Senegal team in the FIFA World Cup 2018. However, the team will miss Mame Biram Diouf who lost his place in the squad due to an injury during the middle of the year. The team will also be hoping for the former French under-21 international M’Baye Niang, who now has three caps for Senegal to deliver.
The team play with a 4-4-2 formation.
Diallo, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Sane, Gassama, Niang, Kouyate, Gueye, Sarr, Mane, Sakho.
Although the Poland Vs Senegal match would be a tight affair, but the Poland test might be too much for Senegal. The match tends towards a Poland win by a 2-1 margin.