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Friendly International: Poland vs Serbia preview

Kick-off: Wednesday, 23 March @19:45 GMT

Venue: INEA stadion (Poznan)

Live Stream: fuboTV (US), bet365 (non-US)

Head to head record

Poland vs Serbia 0-0 (2010 Friendly International)
Serbia vs Poland 0-1 (2008 Friendly International)
Serbia vs Poland 2-2 (2007, Euro 2008 qualifiers)
Poland vs Serbia 1-1 (2006, Euro 2008 qualifiers)

Poland vs Serbia prediction

High-flying Poland will be aiming to record their third consecutive win in warm-up games when they host Serbia at their INEA stadion in Poznan on Wednesday evening. The Eagles were outclassed by Czech Republic in their last friendly match and they are desperate to bounce back from the defeat.

Can anyone stop Robert Lewandowski?

Thanks to a 2-1 win over Republic of Ireland Poland booked their place at the 2016 European Championship finals. The Poles were producing fine performances in their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, and, no doubt, the team’s key player was Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich attacker just can’t stop scoring in the 2015/2016 campaign and he is likely to pose a big threat for Serbia defenders in Wednesday’s friendly game. Adam Nawalka’s charges outplayed the likes of Iceland and Czech Republic in previous two warm-up games and it has to be noted that they suffered only one loss in previous 16 matches. Poland are a real force to be reckoned with at home and they scored nine goals in last three home fixtures. The Poles will face the likes of Finland, Netherlands and Lithuania before they take on Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 opener.

Adam Nawalka can count on all of his key players for the Serbia game and he is likely to field the best possible side against Serbia. Arkadiusz Milik scored for Ajax in Sunday’s 2-0 win over PSV and he is pushing for a start. Sevillla midfielder Grzegorz Krychowiak has overcome his injury and he is pushing for a start.

High-profile players – poor results

Serbia participated at the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, but they were struggling in previous two qualifying campaigns for major tournaments. New boss Radovan Curcic has a number of top-class players to choose from, but they failed to impress in their last warm-up game against Czech Republic. The Serbs were crushed by the Czechs (1-4) in Ostrava and Chelsea ace Nemanja Matic was angry with his teammates after the match. It is well known that Matic leaves his heart on the field in every single match, but he obviously thinks that his buddies do not give 100% when playing for the national team. Aleksandar Mitrovic scored for Newcastle United in the Tyne and Wear derby against Sunderland at the weekend and the former Anderlecht striker is widely expected to lead the line for the Serbs. Anyhow, the Eagles aim to be at the top of their game when they kick off their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign.

Filip Djordjevic, Petar Skuletic and Stefan Scepovic have been left out of the squad. Neven Subotic is no longer part of the Serbian national team, while new Liverpool signing Marko Grujic could make his Serbia debut against Poland. Southampton winger Dusan Tadic has been omitted, while Lazar Markovic remains in the recovery room. Matija Nastasic is injured as well.

Quick Facts

  • Under 2.5 goals were scored in three of previous four meetings between Poland and Serbia
  • Poland suffered their last defeat at home on 5 March, 2014
  • Adan Nawalka’s men suffered only one loss in last 16 matches
  • Serbia suffered four defeats in last five games on the road
  • Eagles conceded six goals in last two matches

Poland vs Serbia betting tip

Serbia are desperate to bounce back from the 4-1 loss to Czech Republic, but beating Poland away from home is easier said than done. Robert Lewandowski has been in a thrilling form this season and I do not believe that the Serbs are capable of preventing the Bayern Munich ace from scoring. Serbia struggle on the travels and they are unlikely to spoil Poland’s party at INEA stadion.

Tip: Poland to win

Odds: 2.20 (6/5) @10Bet

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