WORLD: Friendly International
Date: Tuesday, 01 June 2021
Kick-off at 20:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Stadion Miejski we Wrocławiu (Wrocław)
Poland (FIFA rank: #21) prepare for their fourth consecutive UEFA European Championship appearance with a brace of home friendlies – starting with this one against Russia. They’ll be desperate to get back to winning ways having triumphed in just one of their last five internationals (D1, L3), but after conceding an opener inside 30 minutes in three of those, they’ll want to avoid another poor start here.
However, the ‘White Eagles’ are more assured on home soil having lost just one of their last 11 matches in Poland (W8, D2), scoring an average of 2.33 goals per home game since international football resumed post-Covid shutdown. Interestingly, they haven’t conceded before HT at home in six outings, leading five of those matches ‘to nil’ at the break.
Meanwhile, Russia (FIFA rank: #38) are building up to a fifth straight European Championship campaign but are seeking improvement on two victories from nine internationals (D3, L4) having also not won a H2H since June 1996 (D2, L1). Furthermore, they’ve lost six of their last seven encounters against sides ranked in FIFA’s top 25 (W1), and will be wary of conceding first here, as they’ve lost the last four games in which their opponents netted the opener.
Interestingly, each of their last eight away internationals produced the same HT/FT result (W4, D1, L3) and although they haven’t kept a clean sheet in five competitive away matches (W2, L3), they also haven’t conceded after the 75th minute in ten international away fixtures.
Players to watch: Fresh from breaking Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga scoring record (41 goals), Robert Lewandowski will hope he can maintain such outstanding form for his country, having netted three of Poland’s last five goals. For Russia, Artem Dzyuba has scored three times before HT in his country’s last three matches.
- Poland’s form in last 5 matches: LWDLL.
- Russia’s form in last 5 matches: LWWLL.
PREDICTION: Draw/Away and Under 4.5