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FIFA 2018 Match 16 – Poland vs Senegal Match Preview: Battle of Strikers, Lewandowski vs Mane

FIFA 2018 Match 16 – Poland vs Senegal Match Preview: Battle of Strikers, Lewandowski vs Mane
Written by Aman Kumar Singh

In the second match of Group H tonight Poland will face Senegal at 08:30pm IST in the Moscow’s Spartak Stadium, Russia. Besides them the other match of the same group is the match between Japan and Columbia which will be played earlier.

Poland whose current ranking is 8th in FIFA World rankings will be taking on Senegal, ranking 27th who are returning to the FIFA World Cup stage after a gap of 16 years. Both the teams didn’t play the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Donning the No. 9 jersey Robert Lewandowski will be the man to watch from the Poland side who has 49 goals to his name. This will be the first time Poland and Senegal facing each other in a FIFA World Cup. Poland’s centre-back Kamil Glik was injured when he was attempting a bicycle kick in training while Arkadiusz Milik also suffered an injury when he slipped on a puddle and fell on his hand during the squad’s visit to the Dolphinarium, but he will be playing in the game as his injury is believed to be nothing serious but a bruise. In this Group H’s match neither team will want to lose as they might get eliminated early in the game as group H consists of strong contenders. Both the team will focus on attack in this match as they both have equally fearsome strikers who have their name carved out in the football world stage.

Even though Senegal is returning to the World stage after 16 long years they shouldn’t be taken lightly at all. If Poland has Lewandowski then from the Senegal’s side Liverpool’s star forward Sado Mane will be the man to watch. Mane already has many records to his name and we can expect that the match will be more on the attacking front as both the team will rely on their strikers to score fast and score first to get an advantage and keep it that way. In his four seasons of Premier League, Mane has netted 44 goals. In the selection matches they had lost 1-0 to Nigeria and won against South Korea 2-0 while Poland have responded well with victories over South Korea (3-2) and Lithuania (4-0), with a 2-2 draw against Chile. They will be playing without their defender Saliou Ciss who due to an ankle injury was ruled out of the World Cup. Adama Mbengue will be the one to replace him in the team’s roaster.

This game’s prediction is a hard one as both the team have good players but we can see a draw of 1-1. Their is a 50-50 chance that the game will end in draw and if it does then both the teams will have to win their next game if they wish to advance further in the tournament.

Squad Details:

Poland’s Squad: Wojciech Szczesny, Maciej Rebus, Michal Pazdan, Jan Bednarek, Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Grosicki, Jacek Goralski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Piotr Zielinski, and Robert Lewandowski.

Senegal’s Squad: Khadim Ndiaye, Lamine Gassama, Kara Mbodji, Kalidou Koulibaly, Youssouf Sabaly, Pape Alioune Ndiaye, Cheikhou Kouyate, Gana Idrissa Gueye, Keita Balde, M’Baye Niang, and Sadio Mane.

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