Poland and Slovakia open their Euro 2020 account when they square off in Saint Petersburg on Monday afternoon (17:00 UK time).
Confirmed Poland XI: Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Bednarek, Rybus; Linetty, Krychowiak, Klich; Jozwiak, Zielinski, Lewandowski.
Confirmed Slovakia XI: Dubravka; Pekarik, Satka, Skriniar, Hubocan; Haraslin, Kucka, Hromada, Mak; Duda, Hamsik.
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Where to watch Poland vs Slovakia on TV:
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Scoreline prediction: Poland 2-0 Slovakia
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Poland vs Slovakia build-up, pre-match team news & previous lineups:
This will be the ninth meeting between the nation’s and heading into Group E showdown Slovakia lead 4-3 in the head-to-head, with three of those successes coming in a competitive setting.
At the last championship Biało-czerwoni reached the final eight and will be looking to match that run at the very least while their opponents also seek a place in the knockout phase for the second consecutive tournament.
This will be Poland’s third straight European Championship participation. Before Euro 2008 they had never qualified despite reaching six World Cup finals between 1958 and 2006. Last time out in France the Eagles made it to the final eight and were eliminated by eventual winners Portugal on penalties. Getting here was straightforward as Poland topped Group G finishing six points in front of runners-up Austria and having lost just once across 10 matches.
As for their opponents it was a case of doing it the hard way. Slovakia finished third in Group E behind Croatia and Wales, albeit the latter claimed second place by one point. In the play-offs they navigated past Republic of Ireland on penalties before needing extra time against Northern Ireland and by qualifying for Euro 2020 the Falcons would look forward to playing in their second European Championship after debuting five years ago.
- Poland (vs Iceland): Szczesny; Kedziora, Dawidowicz, Glik; Frankowski, Moder, Krychowiak, Puchacz; Zielinski; Lewandowski, Swierczok.
- Slovakia (vs Austria): Dubravka; Pekarik, Skriniar, Satka, Hubocan; Kucka, Hromada; Haraslin, Duda, Mak; Schranz.
The loss of forwards Krzysztof Piątek and Arkadiusz Milik to injury has caused a real headache for Poland manager Paulo Sousa who experimented aplenty in their warm-up games. As for Slovakia there’s doubts over talismanic midfielder Marek Hamšík who’s been struggling with fitness issues heading into the championship.
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Players to watch:
- Poland: Naturally there’s one name all eyes will be on when Poland runs out. By all accounts Robert Lewandowski is the Ballon d’Or frontrunner after enjoying another ridiculous scoring campaign in Bayern Munich’s colours. The 32-year-old marksman bagged 48 goals across 40 matches in all competitions. No fewer than 41 came in the Bundesliga which meant he broke Gerd Müller’s long standing record for most goals during a single season. His national team boss Sousa and supporters will be hoping that form continues this summer. However in eight previous Euro outings he could only manage to net twice: against Greece in the Euro 2012 group phase and their Euro 2016 quarter-final date with Portugal.
- Slovakia: If Štefan Tarkovič’s men are to keep Lewandowski at bay and subsequently register a clean sheet then inspirational centre-back Milan Škriniar will need to be at his very best. Once joining Inter Milan he was favorably compared to legendary Nerazzurri central defender Walter Samuel who supporters affectionately nicknamed “The Wall” due to his uncompromising style of play. Prior to last season there were doubts regarding Škriniar but the Slovakian international returned to form under Antonio Conte as Inter ended a 11-year championship drought.