England vs Poland Preview and Prediction: World Cup Qualifier on 31.03.2021

The Three Lions finally takes on their strongest contender in the group, Poland. Their solidity in the last two games will be tested here. Robert Lewandowski and Co, on the other hand, also aim for snatching three points here as they have just collected four points after being held in a draw in their first match. This clash is undoubtedly the most anticipated match in the European qualifiers this week.

Both teams’ previous games

England continued their positive trend while travelling to Tirana on the weekend. They thumped Albania 2-0. The skipper Harry Kane was the man of the match as he netted an opener and provided an assist for Mason Mount.

Meanwhile, Poland could seal their first win of the qualifier on matchday two when they crushed Andorra 3-0 last weekend. Robert Lewandowski bagged a brace followed by Kamil Swaderski who scored the final goal of the game.

Possible tactics

Gareth Southgate has been in favour of 4-3-3 lately but might transform to 3-4-3 when necessary. Harry Kane will still be leading the front side supported Raheem Sterling and Mason Mount. The latter can even occupy the number ten role behind Sterling and Kane. The absence of Marcus Rashford and Bukayo Saka might not worry the former Middlesbrough boss much as he still has Phil Foden, Jesse Lindgard and Dominic Calvert-Lewin ready in line to be brought on at the second half to break the deadlock.

His counterpart who has just been handed over the job on few months ago, Paulo Sousa is likely to employ 4-3-1-2 instead of 3-4-1-2 to provide more solidity at the backline. Unfortunately, Poland’s star man, Robert Lewandowski, is sidelined for this crucial fixture due to the injury. Marseille’s Arkadiusz Milik is the best option to take over his post accompanied by Krystof Piatek while Napoli man, Pietro Zielinski will be the anchorman behind them.

Players to watch

Harry Kane is the main goalscorer for England. The 2018 World Cup top scorer has notched up 33 goals in 54 caps. Some other notable names to watch are the versatile Mason Mount, the defensive midfielder Declan Rice and wingback Kieran Trippier.

Paulo Sousa will be relying on Krystof Piatek to be the main frontman in this game. He scored the first goal in Budapest which boosted the team’s confidence to make a superb comeback on matchday one. It was his eighth international goals in 17 appearances. Another key man in the team is Napoli attacking midfielder Pietr Zielinski.

England vs Poland Predictions

The Three Lions must clinch a win here. The advantages are laid on their hand with the absence of Poland’s most deadly striker plus playing at their home turf. Although Poland do still have potential to at least steal one point here, Harry Kane and Co shall come out as a winner, providing they stay sharp and solid on the pitch.

Betting Odds

Gareth Southgate’s men are the favourite in this clash. They are priced to win at ⅓ while Poland are in the win market at 21/2. The draw result is at the value of 49/10..

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