Poland vs Russia: prediction, preview and team news / International Friendlies 2021

Poland and Russia continue their preparations for Euro 2020 with an international friendly in Wroclaw on Tuesday evening.

Poland are set to play host to Russia at the Municipal Stadium today for an international friendly game.

While both nations will fancy their chances of reaching the knockout stages next month, they have each lost three of their most recent five fixtures.

Poland come into this game on the back of a 2-1 loss to Gareth Southgate’s England in April in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

While there is still plenty of time to qualify for the 2022 World Cup, Poland have little momentum heading into a group with Spain, Sweden and Slovakia.

Russia, on the other hand, lost 2-1 to Stefan Tarkovic’s Slovakia in March in the group stage of the FIFA World Cup Qualifiers.

Russia find themselves in a similar predicament with three defeats against well-matched opposition coming since the middle of November.

Just two clean sheets have been recorded in 11 fixtures, those shutouts coming at home to Hungary and away in Moldova.

Poland vs Russia predictions:

  • Poland have lost just one of their last 11 home internationals, winning eight.
  • Poland have three losses in their last five matches.
  • Poland have conceded two or more goals in four of their last five matches.
  • The visitors have lost three of their last four away trips.
  • Russia have no clean sheet in the last five matches.
  • Russia have three wins in their last 10 matches.
  • Russia have three losses in their last four away matches.
  • Russia have won just two of their last nine matches, losing four.

There have been four previous matches between Poland and Russia with both teams claiming one win each and two draws. The most recent meeting was a Euro 2012 group stage clash which ended in a 1-1 draw.

In four head-to-head encounters between the two sides, the record is exactly even. Russia have won one game, lost one and drawn two.

Both sides scoring has been a common feature in the two teams’ last five matches, so backing both sides to score can pass.

Poland will rely heavily on Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski. The 32-year old scored 48 goals in all competitions for the Bavarians this season and he will undoubtedly be the talisman for his country.

Russia, on the other hand, will hope that Zenit Saint Petersburg striker Artem Dzyuba replicates his club form. AS Monaco midfielder Aleksandr Golovin has shown glimpses of his talent at club level and the 24-year old could prove to be crucial as well.

A close match is on the cards and a draw seems to be an ideal result.

Our prediction: Draw @ 3.40

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