Poland v Saudi Arabia: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Poland vs Saudi Arabia: Betting tips, predictions, odds & match preview

Saudi Arabia will look to build on their historic giantkilling over Argentina when they take on Poland at the Education City Stadium on Saturday at 1pm (UK time).

Poland v Saudi Arabia: Betting tips

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Poland v Saudi Arabia: Predictions

Poland v Saudi Arabia: Predictions

Bet Prediction Best odds
BTTS? Yes 47/50 with Midnite
Correct score 1-1 27/5 with Midnite
First Goalscorer Robert Lewandowski 9/4 with Midnite

It is being widely dubbed the greatest World Cup upset of all time. Football’s quadrennial showpiece has never been afraid to produce moments of script-defying drama, but Tuesday’s mid-morning encounter in Lusail topped the lot, with Saudi Arabia putting a Lionel Messi-embellished Argentina to the sword in a 2-1 win.

Herve Renard is a tournament-hardened coach who took Morocco to the 2018 World Cup finals, but even against a relative novice in the dugout in Lionel Scaloni — who only took to the senior dugout four years ago — Saudi Arabia were never expected to be in with a shot of a result against La Albiceleste, let alone an opening-day triumph.

Poland’s opener meanwhile was a slightly more tame affair compared to the day’s earlier drama. Robert Lewandowski will be itching for this match to come around fast so he can make amends after fluffing his lines from 12 yards against Mexico. World Cup cult hero Guillermo Ochoa once against rose to the occasion to deny the Barcelona man from the spot and hold out for an opening-day point.

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Poland v Saudi Arabia match result odds

Poland v Saudi Arabia match stats

Robert Lewandowski may have fired a blank in Poland’s opener as he squandered a gilt-edged chance from the spot, but he remains the nation’s most potent weapon up top. Only Harry Kane (12) and Memphis Depay (12) scored more goals than Lewandowski (nine) in Europe’s World Cup qualifiers, so he will certainly fancy his chances of opening his 2022 World Cup account on Saturday.

To say that Saudi Arabia put in a shift against Argentina would be a huge understatement. Renard would have known before the game that his side wouldn’t be able to match Argentina for quality, so they simply outfought and outworked the South Americans with a high line and a high press. It was real high-octane stuff from the Persian Gulf nation. Their 16 interceptions is the second-most of any nation at the tournament so far, while Mohammed Al Owais has made the most saves to date (five).

Poland v Saudi Arabia: Squawka Says

Scoreline prediction: Poland 1-1 Saudi Arabia

Poland v Saudi Arabia head-to-head

28 Mar 2006 – Saudi Arabia 1-2 Poland – International Friendly

10 Dec 1994 – Saudi Arabia 1-2 Poland – International Friendly

13 Mar 1994 – Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia – International Friendly

These two nations have met three times before. The most recent contest came in 2006, with Pawel Janas’ men winning 2-1 thanks to a Lukasz Sosin brace.