Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Prediction: France vs Poland

Verdict: France win to nil

Best Odds: 11/10

Bookmaker: Dachbet

Looking to sign off their Group D run with a statement in rural Germany, France will meet Poland on Tuesday evening.

France

Starting with France, although Les Bleus might have been disappointed last weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against the Netherlands, Didier Deschamps’ camp are pencilled in as a leading title contender this summer. Getting their EURO 24 adventure underway on June 17th as they secured a gritty 1-0 victory against Austria, the European heavyweights will be looking to wrap up top spot in Group D with a statement of intent here. While France might still be looking to find a recent clinical edge in the final third, they have gained a reputation for their defensive steel. Smelling a golden opportunity to claim an immediate response when they arrive in rural Germany on Tuesday evening, the former world champions have shipped just a single strike in over 360 minutes of action across all competitions.

Team News

While attacking talisman and skipper Kylian Mbappe might have been left as an unused substitute against the Netherlands last weekend following his horror broken nose, the new Real Madrid superstar is expected to feature here. Yet to open his EURO 24 account this summer, Inter Milan marksmen Marcus Thuram could be handed a rest.

Still not conceding a single European Championship strike, Arsenal’s William Saliba will once again partner Dayot Upamecano at the heart of Les Blues’ defence on Tuesday evening. Former Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud will likely have to settle for another spot on the bench here.

Poland

As for Poland, while the Eagles might have opened up EURO 24 with their sights set on mounting a genuine charge for the knockout stage, Michal Probierz’s men have endured a major struggle in Germany this summer. Last seen over the weekend putting in a nightmare performance as they fell to a 3-1 drumming at the hands of Austria, the former Aris boss has a huge amount of pressure on his shoulders. Already crashing out of this summer’s tournament and failing to collect a single point from any of their opening two Group D appearances, Poland have an almighty challenge on their hands on Tuesday evening. Slumping to a routine 3-1 loss when they last met Les Bleus back in December 2022 while in World Cup qualifying action, the Eagles are rightfully billed as a landslide underdog when they arrive in Dortmund here.

Team News

Already accepting that they will be unable to clinch a EURO 24 knockout stage ticket this summer, Probierz could be tempted to make a handful of changes here. Making a second-half cameo appearance against Austria over the weekend, attacking record-breaker Robert Lewandowski will be handed a full recall and earn a 152nd international cap on Tuesday evening.

Despite continued speculation over a potential move away from Premier League giants Arsenal this summer, Jakub Kiwior will start at the heart of Poland’s defence alongside Southampton’s Jan Bednarek.

Key Factors to Consider

    • When France and Poland last met back in December 2022 while in World Cup qualifying action, Les Bleus collected a 3-1 victory in Paris.
    • France are unbeaten in all of their previous six meetings against Poland – a run that stems all the way back to 1982.
    • The former world champions have conceded a single goal in over 360 minutes of action across all competitions.
    • Poland have lost their first two EURO 24 appearances by an aggregate score of 5-2.
    • The Eagles have recorded just a single victory on foreign soil within 90 minuets from any of their previous nine attempts.

    Conclusion

    While France might have been disappointed last weekend as they eventually had to settle for a 0-0 stalemate against Holland, the former world champions will be smelling the chance to make an immediate response here. Landing a routine 3-1 win when they last met Poland back in December 2022, the Eagles will certainly be bracing themselves for a monumental challenge on Tuesday evening. Looking to officially wrap up top spot in Group D, we are expecting what should be a fairly routine outing for Les Bleus in rural Germany.

    Verdict: France win to nil 

    Best Odds: 11/10

    Bookmaker: Dachbet

    ABOUT THE AUTHOR

    Tom Dunstan


    Formerly of The Independent, Tom has spent the past six years as one of our senior writers and betting experts. Alongside working with numerous publications from across the globe, Tom also graduated from the University of Falmouth in 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Digital Media.
    Spending almost the past decade working in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and Canada, he has also spent time featuring in sports radio. Tom can be followed on Instagram - @iamtomdunstan

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