Argentina must beat Poland to secure their World Cup destiny, after a mixed start to the tournament for Lionel Scaloni’s troops so far.
A piece of Lionel Messi’s genius and a fine strike from promising youngster Enzo Fernandez helped Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in their last match, rekindling hopes of reaching the knockout stages after losing their first match. But they face a Polish side who are yet to concede a goal in the tournament – and backed by Robert Lewandowski who smashed their World Cup duck against Saudi Arabia.
Anything less than a win for Scaloni’s side would need them to rely on Mexico and Saudi Arabia’s result to progress – and looking at goal difference – while Poland’s three points put them behind them. would place them safely at the head of the group.
Here’s everything you need to know about the game…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Poland v Argentina is scheduled to kick off at 7pm GMT on Wednesday 30 November 2022.
The match will take place at 974 Stadium in Doha.
Where to watch Poland vs Argentina
TV channel: In the UK, the game will be televised free and live on BBC One, with coverage starting at 6.15pm before the 7pm kick-off.
Direct: The BBC iPlayer will stream the game live online.
Live Blog: You can also follow all the action via standard sportsThe live blog of.
Poland vs Argentina Team News
Poland boss Czesław Michniewicz has no injury problems in his squad and, after an improved performance saw him beat Saudi Arabia 2-0, he is likely to stick to a composition unchanged. It all hinges on the influential Lewandowski as well as playmaker Piotr Zieliński.
Argentina are also injury-free, with Scaloni likely to stay with Manchester United’s Lisandro Martinez at the back, having played solidly against Mexico. He could bring Fernandez into the starting midfield after his goal, while Paolo Dybala and Julian Alvarez will most likely remain as options to come off the bench.
Poland vs Argentina Prediction
It’s really hard to say, given Argentina’s hesitant start to the tournament and Poland’s heaviness before finally beating Saudi Arabia. A draw would be enough for Lewandowski and company, and they could make themselves tough to beat.
Breaking rigid banks of four has not been Argentina’s strength in this tournament and they may struggle to do so at the 974 stadium. We call it a draw and the knockout stage hopes a nation will be stakes.
Standard Sport predicted: 1-1
Head-to-head history and results (h2h)
Poland win: 3
Argentina win: 6
The last World Cup encounter between these two sides saw Argentina win 2-0 en route to lifting the trophy at the 1978 tournament, hosted by La Albiceleste.
Poland vs Argentina match odds
Poland win: 6/1
Argentina win: 8/15
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).