Ace Football previews the Group E match between Poland and Slovakia in Euro 2020 and offers betting tips, the best odds, and form guides.
Poland and Slovakia lock horns in Russia for a clash in the European Championship on Monday. The Poles enter the Euro 2020 as number 21 in the FIFA world rankings, whereas their opponents go into the competition ranked number 36.
While considered outsiders for a group win, Poland should be in with a good chance of grabbing 2nd place, thus advancing to the next round. Paulo Sousa’s side grabbed top spot in their qualifying group through a convincing campaign. Judging by the odds with the bookmakers they could either be on their way home early or cause an upset.
Judging by the prices from the bookmakers, it would be a big upset to see Slovakia lasting beyond the group stages. They did make it out of the group at the Euro 2016 before being sent packing in the round of 16. Failing to book their place directly through the group stages, the Slovakians sealed a place at the Euros the hard way through the playoffs.
Stats and Analysis
When it comes to goal-scoring Poland are not the most prolific side. The Eagles scored a sustainable 18 times in their previous 10 internationals, making it 1.8 goals per game. They have been great in defense, conceding a lowly 5 goals at their own end. That is an average of 0.5 goals a game and they’ve achieved a clean sheet in 7 of these matches.
Slovakia, on the other hand, head into Euro 2020 hoping to keep their impressive defensive stats from their last 10 internationals going. Pavel Hapal’s men averaged an adequate 1.3 goals per game, with a total of 13 goals scored. In contrast, they only allowed 14 goals against them for an average of 1.4 goals per game. Rather amazingly they only kept their opponents from scoring in 3 of the matches.
Heading into their opening match at the tournament Poland will be disappointed not to come out the other end with a win. They should have enough quality to see off Slovakia as they look for plain sailing in the group stages.
Slovakia could not have been presented with a tougher assignment in their first encounter at the Euro 2020, but from a positive perspective, they have very little to lose.
Stats and facts for Poland and Slovakia.
Fun stats Poland
- Poland has won the last 4 matches in a row;
- Poland unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row;
- Poland unbeaten the last 5 matches in a row at home;
- Poland has won in the last 4 of 5 matches.
Fun stats Slovakia
- Slovakia conceded the last 9 matches in a row when playing away;
- Slovakia conceded in the last 7 of 9 matches;
- Slovakia scored in the last 6 of 8 matches;
- Total goals was OVER 2.5 in Slovakia’s last 4 of 6 matches.
Poles struggling for results.
Poland go into this encounter on the back of some poor performances. The last 3 times Sousa’s side played out an international match they suffered a 2-1 away defeat against England, which was followed by a 1-1 draw against Russia. Their most recent international served up a 2-2 draw with Iceland.
Slovakians hope to boost points tally.
It has been a rollercoaster couple of weeks for Slovakia with performances showing little sign of stability. In their 3 latest outings, Hapal’s side claimed a 2-1 win against Russia and went on to a 1-1 draw against Bulgaria. Their latest game produced a dull 0-0 draw at Austria.
Poland vs Slovakia Fixture History
The last time the two nations squared up against each other, which was back on 15 November 2013, Slovakia ran away with a 0-2 victory.
Poland enter the match against Slovakia with a 1-1-3 record in their previous 10 encounters in the European Championship.
Man of the Moment
Robert Lewandowski has certainly delivered the goods for Poland in recent matches. Both he and his fellow countrymen hope he can add to the 3 goals he has managed in the previous 6 internationals. With Milan Skriniar on 2 goals in the last 6 internationals, he hopes to deliver the goods for Slovakia once again.