Romania VS Poland Prediction
Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup European Qualifiers looks extremely intriguing and tied up after first three rounds, so logically game facing Romania against Poland arouses serious attention. We have both nations which were involved at the UEFA Euro 2016 finals last summer and that reasonably makes them two of the main contenders with one only target – booking their tickets to Russia in summer of 2018. Romania and Poland are still unbeaten in three games but surprisingly first position in Group E belongs to Montenegro, while Poland and Romania are respectively second and third in the standings. The Poles share same number of points (7) with leaders from Montenegro, but they’re second due to goal difference – 7:1 against 7:5 in Montenegro’s favour.
Romania vs Poland – Team News and Match Preview
Romania remains third as they’ve also conceded only once, but that happened in the opening round when “The Tricolorii” missed wonderful chance to win against Montenegro. Romania was awarded with a penalty in stoppage time but Nicolae Stanciu sent the ball highly over the crossbar, which cost the full set of points to the home side.
Christoph Daum’s men were much more efficient in their second qualifier when they won 0-5 in Armenia, but all good impressions from that game have been forgotten only few days later after a goalless draw in their trip to Kazakhstan. Thus Romania collects five points in three matches, placing them on two points behind current opponents Poland and group leaders Montenegro.
We must underline that Montenegro will visit Armenia earlier on Friday night, so we may have rotations in the standings, as well as in the mentioned data.
Poland also began its World Cup qualifying campaign with a slip in Kazakhstan – 2:2 draw on matchday one, when Adam Nawalka’s men were leading 0-2, but a moment of lack of concentration cost them the victory. However, “The Eagles” will fly to Romania after two victories in both October games, when Poland won twice in a row at home – respectively 3-2 vs Denmark and 2-1 vs Armenia. Last result came after a very late winner by Robert Lewandowski, whose fifth goal in the qualifying prevented one huge disappointment for the “The White and Reds”. It seems Lewandowski strives to improve its own record from the UEFA Euro 2016 qualifiers, when striker of Bayern Munich netted 13 goals, while he already has 5 goals in just 3 qualifying rounds. Impressive form by Robert Lewandowski and it’s not a secret that eventual Polish success may depend on his performance.
Romania vs Poland – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
Romania aims to qualify to the FIFA World Cup finals for the first time after 1998 and possible success over Poland can place them in very good position.
Romanians can boost their confidence with the good record they hold against Poland as they have won in 14 of 33 games, but losing only 4. This simply shows draw is the most frequent outcome when Romania and Poland meet on football level. Nevertheless, statistics don’t mean anything in this case since we have first competitive duel between both sides after the UEFA Euro 1996 qualifiers, when Romania won 2-1 at home, while second leg in Poland ended without any goals.
Christoph Daum can be pleased by fact one of Romania’s most experienced players in current national team roster returns in the squad, as Vlad Chiricheș missed all previous games due to an injury. Presence of the 26-year-old central defender will inevitably improve the overall look of Romanian defense and he even gained some match practice with his Serie A club – Napoli.
Anyway, it seems defense is not the biggest issue for Christoph Daum and German coach must require more from his attacking players. Romanian attack depends mostly on efforts of the two teammates in Belgian Anderlecht Alexandru Chipciu and Nicolae Stanciu, but this won’t decide the main problem, since they both play from second line. Daum may start with Claudiu Keseru on top of Romania’s 4-2-3-1 formation, since striker of Bulgarian champion Ludogorets Razgrad seems to show best form from all other competitors in Romanian squad list, so he can replace Bogdan Stancu from the starting XI.
Poland looks fine in attack but it’s not a secret their finishing depends entirely from whether Lewandowski is in mood or not. So far so good, but we’ll see how Arkadiusz Milik’s long-term injury will reflect to the formation. Milik was injured exactly in the 3-2 win over Denmark last month, and despite he hasn’t scored for Poland since the 1-0 against Northern Ireland in their Euro 2016 opener, Milik has a specific partnership with Lewandowski, which can be crucial for the side. Now expectations are for another Anderlecht player who’ll have its special role in the World Cup qualifier between Romania and Poland, as Lukasz Teodorczyk will probably prevail over Kamil Wilczek in Adam Nawalka’s choice for second forward in his favourite 4-4-2 formation.
Romania vs Poland – Final conclusion and Betting Prediction
Romania is unbeaten in 14 qualifying games as their last defeat was three years ago – 1:3 by Greece. Thereafter they look very solid in every qualifying game and we don’t expect something else here – Romania will try to benefit from its home advantage and “The Tricolours” can be a big bite for Poland’s ability.
Poland conceded a goal in each of its last 5 games, including draws against Switzerland and vs Portugal during the UEFA Euro 2016 knockout phase, so most likely experienced coach with German mentality like Christoph Daum has already prepared its own game plan regarding that component.
Poland are well aware with that and Adam Nawalka has its own approach which is strictly related with Robert Lewandowski’s form, but Romanian defenders must also keep an eye on players like Kamil Grosicki, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Piotr Zielinski, who can always emerge from second position.
Our final prediction is that Romania and Poland will both score on Friday night – “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “Arena Națională”, Bucharest.
Referee: Damir Skomina from Slovenia.
Possible starting lineups of Romania and Poland
Romania: Ciprian Tatarusanu – Romario Benzar, Dragos Grigore, Vlad Chiriches, Iasmin Latovlevici – Ovidiu Hoban, Razvan Marin – Adrian Popa, Nicolae Stanciu, Alexandru Chipciu – Claudiu Keseru. (4-2-3-1)
Poland: Lukasz Fabianski – Lukasz Piszczek, Kamil Glik, Michał Pazdan, Artur Jedrzejczyk – Jakub Blaszczykowski, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zielinski, Kamil Grosicki – Lukasz Teodorczyk, Robert Lewandowski. (4-4-2)