Poland seek their fifth win in a row as they host Finland at Stadion Miejski in Wroclaw on 26th March, scheduled to kick-off at 16:30 GMT.
The White Eagles earned a hard fought 1-0 win against Serbia on Thursday evening, but were far from impressive. A first goal from Blaszczykowski might have seen them through, but Serbia had most of the possession and managed more shots on goal.
Finland failed to qualify for the Euro finals in France and suffered back-to-back defeats to Iceland and Sweden since then. Overall they are on a poor run and much improvement is needed before they start their World Cup qualifying campaign in October 2016.
- Poland won four matches in a row now and will be keen for the fifth, all of those coming at home.
- The white and reds have lost only once in their last 17 matches, the last defeat was against Germany in September 2015.
- Out of Poland’s last 7 matches, 6 have witnessed over 2.5 goals.
- Finland are without a win in their last four matches, with the last two being defeats without scoring a goal.
- The Huuhkajat are a defense oriented side and score very few goals and 7 of their last 8 matches have witnessed under 2.5 goals.
Poland: Team News
Polish National team head-coach Adam Nawalka has a fully fit squad at his disposal. Wojciech Szczesny is expected to start here replacing Lukasz Fabianski on goal.
Robert Lewandowski, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Arkadiusz Milik and Gregorz Krychowiak are likely to keep their place in the starting line-up.
Adam Nawalka could once again deploy a 4-4-2 formation that he used in the last game against Serbia.
Poland Expected Starting Eleven (4-4-2 Formation):
Szczesny – Piszczek, Salamon, Glik, Rybus – Grosicki, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Błaszczykowski – Lewandowski, Milik.
Finland: Team News
Head-coach Hans Backe has named a familiar squad for the friendlies against Poland and Norway, with Brondby striker Teemu Pukki once again at the center of attention. Puuki has failed to score for Finland in the Euro qualifiers and his last goal came in 21st May 2014 against Czech Republic.
Jukka Raitala and Tim Vayrynen returns for the Huuhkajat, while the squad has two players playing in the Polish first division in the form of Kasper Hamalainen and Paulus Arajuuri.
Finland: Expected Starting Eleven (4-4-2 Formation)
Hradecky – Moisander, Raitala, Arkivuo, Uronen – Hetemaj, Schüller, Eremenko, Ring – Pukki, Vayrynen.
Poland vs Finland: Head-to-Head Stats
- There were 17 matches between the two sides with Poland winning on 8 occasions, 7 were draws and Finland winning in 2.
- Poland are unbeaten in the last three matches against Finland, 2 wins and a draw, and all of them have seen under 1.5 goals.
- Only 1 out of the last 6 meetings between the sides have seen over 2.5 goals.
- The last meeting between the two sides ended in a 0-0 stalemate, played at Stadion Miejski in Kielc on May 2010.
Poland vs Finland: Prediction
Poland will be keen for an improved performance in front of the home fans after falling short of expectation in the 1-0 win over Serbia. With a fully fit squad at hand Adam Nawalka will be keen to extend their winning streak to five games.
Finland are in no kind of form, even though their defense will be hard to break down. And that’s how they play, defend for entire 90 minutes with less action up front.
Despite Poland having an array of talent in their attacking front, I expect under 2.5 goals. Also it is unlikely that a very young Finland attack score a goal here.
My Score Prediction at full time is, Poland 2-0 Finland.