France will play at home with Poland in the 1/8 finals of the playoffs of the World Cup. The match will take place on December 4, starting at 15:00 GMT.
World Cup 2022
The French team lost to Morocco in the last round of the group stage, while managing to stay in first place in the group.
Head coach Didier Deschamps consciously took this step, which did not pay off tactically, but did not bring defeat in strategic terms. What’s more, the coach took the chance to give the first team a rest before the ordeal of the playoffs.
As a result, the team took first place in the group stage, gaining 6 points. In the first round, they managed to beat Australia with a score (4-1), after Denmark (2-1).
The main stars in France are Killian Mbappe and Antoine Griezmann, who helped their team to reach the playoffs.
The defeat in the last game against Argentina (0-2) left an unpleasant aftertaste – the team played limply, while the expected superiority in attack did not bring any chances, or even shots towards the goal.
During regular time, the Poles never hit the target, moreover, reaching the 1/8 finals became possible thanks to Mexico, which failed to confidently defeat Saudi Arabia.
However, repeating the same tactics will send the team home, but qualifying from the group in Poland is regarded as a success. For three rounds, the team got one win and a draw, while missing and scoring twice.
Players to watch
France’s Kylian Mbappe, who is looking to add three goals to his run this World Cup, is only the second player to score seven World Cup goals in his under-24 career.
In good shape is Pole Wojciech Szczęsny, who, despite losing to Argentina, became only the second goalkeeper since 1966 to save a penalty he conceded in the World Cup – his second penalty in the tournament!
Head to Head
The two teams have met 16 times in all competitions. France have the best record in these games with eight wins to their credit. Poland has three wins and five draws.
There have been under 2.5 goals scored per game in Poland’s last four games in the World Cup.
Attacking football is expected in this match, as the attack is the strong side of the opponents, where the best players in Europe are gathered
In addition, there are some problems with the defense – if the Poles conceded twice, then the opponent conceded even more.
Prediction for this match: Both teams to score
- Total over 2.5.