Orly not given a hope by traders
Poland have no chance of winning the World Cup in Russia this summer. That’s the opinion of traders at all major bookmakers and there hasn’t been a rush from punters to argue against that stance either. Backers will find Orly marked up at 80/1 to prove us all wrong.
Adam Nawalka’s side did handle themselves with credit during the qualifying campaign however, finishing top of Group E ahead of Denmark. A record of eight wins, one draw and a single defeat suggests they’ll out-run their price and after being dropped in alongside Senegal, Colombia and Japan a place in the knock-out stages isn’t beyond them.
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Lewandowski the key man
The poster boy for Poland he has eased himself into the history books as his nation’s all-time leading goal scorer with 52 goals in 93 games. It’s safe to assume the 29-year-old will be handed a free reign up front by his manager and trusted to lead the line again. The Bayern Munich number nine scored against South Korea in a 3-2 win earlier this year and also grabbed one against Montenegro and a hat-trick vs Armenia towards the end of 2017.
The striker has been making headlines in the run-up to summer with a number of tabloids linking him with a move to Real Madrid. A strong showing in Russia could push that transfer over the line if there is indeed any truth in it. 35/1 to win the golden boot. He’s good enough, but is his team?
The 29-year-old winger English football fans will know as a Hull City employee. In the colours of his country Grosicki has chipped in with goals against the likes of Armenia, netting the opener inside two minutes that night, and he also hit the net vs Montenegro next time out. A man who will be expected to provide the ammunition for Lewandowski, but he’s also proven he can pull his weight with a few goals of his own.
There’s little doubt Kamil has what it takes to succeed in English football, but his inconsistency has proven to be a cause of frustration for followers of The Tigers this season with the player showing only flashes of his true ability. He has not ruled out spending another season at the KCOM but rumours say he’s after a move and Hull won’t be too sad to see him go. If that’s the case, he’ll want to showcase his talents on the big stage.
Poland have talent going forward and a work-ethic in the middle of the park that will see them match most opponents in the early part of this competition, but they build everything off a solid base and in goalkeeper Szczesny they have one of the best between the sticks. The Juventus shot-stopper who joined from Arsenal in 2017 played a huge part in helping The Old Lady to the latter stages of the Champions League and will be vital in any success Poland have.
His defence must play their part as the towering 6ft 5inch keeper can’t do it all himself but he’s an imposing man to have in the box when defending set-pieces, is commanding enough to organise his backline when protecting a lead and has the big game experience to help others through the nervy moments.