France vs Poland: On Sunday afternoon, the defending world champions France play Poland in the round of 16.
Both nations won their last group games but lost the playoffs. Poland narrowly made it into the round of 16 based on goal differential alone, while Didier Deschamps shuffled his squad against Tunisia with qualification already secured. For more than 20 minutes, Poland’s only advantage over Mexico in Group C came from a smaller number of yellow cards.
Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming knockout tie.
Where are France vs Poland playing?
Location: Doha, Qatar
Stadium: Al Thumama Stadium
Date: Sunday 4 December
Kick-off Time: 15:00 GMT / 10:00 ET / 07:00 PT
France vs Poland H2H Results (All-Time)
France: 8 Wins
Poland: 3 Wins
Current Form (Last Five Games)
France team news
Deschamps made nine changes to the starting XI for the match against Tunisia following an injury-plagued start to the competition. Deschamps would not have been persuaded that any of the reserves deserve a spot in the starting lineup by the underwhelming performance up until some of those illustrious names entered the game.
France predicted lineup vs Poland
France Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud.
Bench: Mandanda, Areola, Disasi, Pavard, Saliba, Konate, Guendouzi, Veretout, Camavinga, Y Fofana, Kolo Muani, Coman, Thuram.
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Poland team news
It is anticipated that Czeslaw Michniewicz will have a full roster at his disposal. The management of Poland doesn’t appear to be convinced of this quality, though. Michniewicz made a joke before turning around, saying, “I can’t turn water into wine although here that might be useful.”
Poland predicted lineup vs France
Poland Starting 11 (4-2-3-1): Szczesny; Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski; Krychowiak, Bielik; Frankowski, Zielinski, Kaminski; Lewandowski.
Bench: Grabara, Skorupski, Bednarek, Jedrzejczyk, Wieteska, Gumny, Zurkowski, D Szymanski, Zalewski, S Szymanski, Grosicki, Swiderski, Skoras, Milik, Piatek.
France vs Poland betting tips
France will triumph by at least two goals. At the World Cup, France has won 12 of its last 15 knockout stage contests, with exactly half of those victories coming by a score of two goals or more.
Both teams will score, with France winning. In their last 13 games played outside of France, France has only preserved one clean sheet, yet they have still won five of the previous nine such games.
France to win and both teams to score is currently 13/5*
Will both teams score? No In contrast to their most recent match, which saw neither team score, Poland’s last five World Cup games have all ended without a goal for either team.
Under 0.5 cards for France In total, France has committed only 15 fouls at this World Cup, receiving just one yellow card.
What was the score at halftime? 0-0 at this World Cup, Poland has yet to give up a goal in the first half of a game, whereas neither of France’s previous two games had a goal at the break.
To be a carded player For Poland in 2022, Grzegorz Krychowiak has received four yellow cards, which is two more than any other teammate. Throughout his last eight international games, he averaged two fouls per game.
K. Y. Mbappe had 3+ shots on goal in his previous 11 starts for France, Kylian Mbappé has taken 34 shots on target, averaging 3.1 per game.
A player may score whenever in his last 21 starts for France; Olivier Giroud has scored 15 goals. He only needs one more goal to surpass Pele as the all-time leading scorer for men’s Insights courtesy of Opta. For real-time group stage standings, top scores, match analytics, team stats, and much more, visit The Analyst Stats Hub!
France vs Poland score prediction
Although France’s B team’s defeat to Tunisia provides little context for their match against Poland, the luxury of rotation may be crucial moving ahead. Deschamps undoubtedly believes this. The World Cup winner predicted those four days from now, we would start to reap the rewards.
In all three of their group games, Poland has been handily outshot, but some way, some way, they have managed to eke out four points. France and their rested frontline are unlikely to be as forgiving as Mexico and Saudi Arabia if they adopt the same hopelessly passive stance.
Prediction: France 3-0 Poland
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2022 World Cup: Despite the late drama, Poland qualifies to join France, Australia, and Argentina.
Wahbi Khazri’s goal in the 58th minute helped Tunisia defeat France and advance to the World Cup’s round of 16.
In the eighth minute of stoppage time, Antoine Griezmann thought he had tied the score for France, but a video review determined that his goal was offside.
France, the defending World Cup champions, still won its group despite the loss.
Tunisia continued its history of never making it past the World Cup group stage.
Australia 1-0 Denmark
Australia defeated favorite Denmark to advance to the World Cup’s knockout rounds for the first time since 2006.
In the 60th minute, Australia’s Mathew Leckie scored the game-winning goal.
The game was a huge letdown for Denmark because they needed to win and hoped that Tunisia wouldn’t defeat France to advance to the round of 16.
The Danes played well; they attacked right away but were unable to penetrate the Australian defense.
In the group stage of the 2018 World Cup, the two teams drew 1-1.
Argentina 2-0 Poland
Alexis Mac Allister and Julian Alvarez scored goals in the second half to help Argentina defeat Poland 2-0 on Wednesday and advance to the round of 16. Lionel Messi had a penalty saved, but his team still won.
Argentina is in a strong position, especially considering that the team opened the World Cup with one of the biggest upsets in tournament history a 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia.
Argentina won Group C to go to the knockout stage and face Australia, a surprising qualifier.
Poland and Mexico were tied on points and goal differential as their match came to an end. Poland would have been eliminated if Mexico had scored one more goal while leading 2-0 at the time. But Saudi Arabia’s late goal gave Poland the victory.
Mexico 2-1 Saudi Arabia
Henry Martin and Luis Chaves scored for Mexico in a 2-1 victory over Saudi Arabia, but it wasn’t enough for them to advance out of Group C.
Mexico made a last-ditch effort to score in the final 20 minutes, including an attempt by Uriel Antuna in the 87th that was deemed offside, but they were unsuccessful.
At the last seven World Cups, Mexico has advanced to the round of 16, tying Brazil for the longest current streak. But before the match against Saudi Arabia, which they had to win, the team was last in Group C in Qatar.
Mexico, however, failed to advance out of its group for the first time since 1978 as a result of Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Poland in a concurrent match.
Saudi Arabia’s first World Cup appearance in 1994 saw them advance to the round of 16, but they haven’t advanced past the group stage since.
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