In the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, France, the current champion, will play Poland at the Al Thumama Stadium on Sunday. France qualified for the knockout round by winning their first two group-stage games. Didier Deschamps, the team’s head coach, rested key players in their final group stage game, which they lost 1-0 to Tunisia on Wednesday.
In their final group-stage match, Poland lost to Argentina 2-0 on Thursday. In their most recent match, Mexico defeated Saudi Arabia to tie Poland for fourth place in the league standings with four points. Poland’s superior goal difference (0, compared to Mexico’s -1) allowed them to narrowly advance to the knockout stage. The last time Poland reached the knockout stage was in 1986 when Brazil defeated them. Three times in a row, France has advanced to the knockout stage.
Kylian Mbappe, the team’s leading scorer, was rested by Les Bleus and started on the bench. For the game, they should have a team that is fresh and well-rested, which could work in their favor. They are anticipated to put on a strong performance in this match, as they have never lost in their previous seven encounters with Biao-czerwoni.
In their three group-stage games, Poland has only scored two goals, both of which came against Saudi Arabia, a weak opponent. They might have trouble here because they haven’t scored in three straight games against the world champions. We anticipate that France will have little trouble defeating their eastern rivals and making it to the next round, given the form of the two teams.
Prediction: France 2-1 Poland
Over the course of all competitions, the two teams have faced off 16 times. With eight victories, France has an expectedly better record in these games. Poland has three successes to their name while five games have finished in draws. Denmark has failed to score in four of the last five meetings between the two teams, resulting in fewer than 2.5 goals.
France outscored Denmark 6-2 in the gathering stage however Denmark had the better protective record, surrendering twice while France had allowed in three objectives. In Poland’s last four World Cup games, less than 2.5 goals have been scored. In the World Cup, the two teams have only met once, in 1982, during the third-place decider. Poland prevailed in that match with a score of 3-2.
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