Poland step up their preparations for Euro 2016 showdown in France as they host Serbia on 23th of March 2016 at INEA Stadion in Poznan. This will be the first of the two matches they play in the international window, with the second coming against Finland on 26th of March 2016 at Wroclaw Stadium.
Poland displayed some excellent attacking football during the Euro qualifiers and have lost only once in their last 16 matches. They have won their last three and scored two or more goals in those matches.
Serbia on the other hand were fairly disappointing in recent years, despite having a number of talented players in their squad. They failed to make it for the Euros in France after losing 5 of their 8 matches in qualifiers and finished fourth in their group. And they have lost in their last two matches, 2-1 to Portugal and a heavy 4-1 defeat at Czech Republic.
Poland: Team News
Polish National team head-coach Adam Nawalka has a fully fit squad at his disposal with the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Jakub Blaszczykowski raring to go on Wednesday’s friendly. Arsenal’s on-loan goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny is expected to start here with Premier League duo Artur Boruc and Lukasz Fabianski serving as his deputies on the bench.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Szczesny – Jedrzejczyk, Glik, Pazdan, Rybus – Jodlowiec, Maczynski – Blaszczykowski, Kaputska, Milik – Lewandowski.
Serbia: Team News
Serbia head-coach Radovan Ćurčić decided to axe a number of senior players following the disappointing Euro qualifying campaign. The team is going through a complete overhaul and a number of youngsters who featured at the U-19 FIFA World Cup 2015 were called up to the national squad.
One of the significant name on the squad is Liverpool’s winter signing Marko Grujic, who is expected to make his debut here. Chelsea full back Branislav Ivanovic and Manchester City’s Aleksandar Kolarov are all set to start in defense for Serbia.
Predicted line-up (4-2-3-1): Stojkovic – Tomovkic, Ivanovic, Tosic, Kolarov – Gudelj, Matic – Kostic, Grujic, Maksimovic – Mitrovic.
Poland vs Serbia: Head-to-Head Stats
Poland vs Serbia 0-0 (2010, Friendly)
Serbia vs Poland 0-1 (2008, Friendly)
Serbia vs Poland 2-2 (2007, Euro 2008 Qualifiers)
Poland vs Serbia 1-1 (2006, Euro 2008 Qualifiers)
This would be first meeting between Poland and Serbia since the 0-0 stalemate on 3rd June 2010 at Kufstein-Arena in Austria.
The teams have met four times and there were three draws, while Poland emerged victorious on one occasion.
Poland vs Serbia: Prediction
Poland look good on paper and they will be right on their money, despite this being a friendly. Serbia are in poor state and require time to rebuild their squad. Moreover they are a team with less experience on international stage.
Poland’s last three matches have seen over 2.5 goals and I expect the same here. Robert Lewandowski has been on terrific form for both club and country this season and expect him to score at any time.