Can Poland Win The 2018 World Cup?
Published on 21/01/18
Poland failed to qualify for the 2006 or 2010 World Cup Finals, but have twice finished third in the World Cup in 1974 and 1982. In 1974 they beat Argentina, Italy, Sweden and Yugoslavia before losing 1-0 to Germany in the semi-finals, but picked themselves up to beat Brazil in the play-off for third place. They again topped their qualifying group in 1982 courtesy of a win and two draws, but lost to Italy in the semi-finals before beating France in the third-place play-off.
In their other appearances at the World Cup Finals, Poland exited in Round 1 in 1938, in Round 2 in 1978, the last-16 in 1986, and the group stage in both 2002 and 2006.
However, as Poland have not qualified for the last two World Cup Finals, it’s interesting to note that they went unbeaten at Euro 2016. They beat Northern Ireland and the Ukraine 1-0 and drew 0-0 with Germany in the Group Stages. They then beat Switzerland on penalties after a 1-1 draw, but lost to eventual champions Portugal on penalties after another 1-1 draw in the quarter-finals.
Therefore, after topping Group E with 25 points to qualify for Russia 2018, it will be interesting to see how far FIFA’s world ranked number 7 team can go in the competition.
2018 World Cup Poland Stage Of Elimination Betting Guide
6/4 Group Stage, 13/8 Last-16, Quarter-Final 9/2, Semi-Final 16/1, Runner-Up 35/1, Winner 50/1
Poland’ table-topping performance in qualifying for the World Cup Finals earned them a spot as one of FIFA’s seeded teams in the World Cup Final Draw, but that didn’t impress the bookies enough to make them favourites for Group H in the World Cup Finals. Instead, the honour of favouritism went to world number 13 Colombia, with Senegal and Japan completing Group H.
Colombia are certainly likely to provide Poland with stiff opposition after their gutsy and entertaining display at Rio 2014 and, like Poland, they have strikers who are capable of scoring goals at the highest-level.
Senegal are unlikely to be pushovers either. This will be only the second World Cup Finals that Senegal have qualified for, but they made it all the way to the quarter-finals on their debut in 2002, when they came through a group that consisted of France, Denmark and Uruguay, before beating Sweden in the last-16, and losing in extra-time to Turkey.
Meanwhile, Japan have been the most consistent of the four teams in Group H after qualifying for their sixth consecutive World Cup Finals, but they were poor in the 2014 Finals in Rio, and possibly lack the world-class strikers the other three teams possess.
Poland are fancied to claim one of the top 2 places in Group H that will get them into the knockout stages but, though they have made the semi-finals twice in the past, a repeat of their last-16 exit in 1986 may be more likely if they meet one of the better teams at this stage.