Despite dropping their final group match, France will be confident that they can beat Poland on Sunday and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals in Qatar.
The French won Group D, topping Australia, Tunisia, and Denmark before the two teams square off at the Al Thumama Stadium. At the same time, the Poles finished in Group C, which Lionel Messi’s Argentina won, just ahead of Mexico due to their superior goal differential.
It could be a close game between these two given that France and Poland both dropped their final group games. Tunisia defeated Les Bleus with a 1-0 victory, but the final score does not accurately reflect the outcome.
When France was at full strength, coach Didier Deschamps defeated Australia and Denmark while resting Kylian Mbappe, Hugo Lloris, Olivier Giroud, and Jules Kounde for that loss.
Despite only scoring two goals in their group stage campaign, Poland allowed fewer goals than Mexico.
They should be able to keep the match this weekend close, at least in the first half, thanks to their tenacious defence. Poland had kept four straight clean sheets prior to their 2-0 loss to Argentina, and they’ll try to keep France off balance as long as they can.
While France has been tied at the half in two of their three World Cup games, Czeslaw Michniewicz’s team has yet to concede in the first half of any of their matches.
At halftime, there is a lot of value in betting on a draw, but France ought to press forward and claim the victory.
Also, France was written off by some media outlets despite being the defending World Cup champions going to Qatar because of their injury crisis.
Before the tournament, Presnel Kimpembe, N’Golo Kante, Karim Benzema, Christopher Nkunku, and Paul Pogba were all ruled out, and Deschamps has since lost left back Lucas Hernandez to injury.
France has so far been successful in silencing their detractors, and this weekend’s match against Poland should give them the ideal chance to do so.
1×2 Betting Odds
The defending champions are of course the favourites to win this one with odds standing @ 1.32.
Poland, who have quality players in their arsenal, might look lacklustre when compared to France. They are the underdogs in this match, with odds @ 13.
The chances that the contest ends in a draw after the 90 mins, stands at 5.75.
Total goals over/under
The odds that the total number of goals score will be over 2.5, stands @ 1.9
While the odds that the total number of goals will be under 2.5, stands @ 2.03.