In 2018, every English soccer fan thought that the World Cup was finally coming home, but they lost 2-1 to Croatia in the semifinals. Now, England remain one of the favorites to win the next World Cup edition, but first, they need to get through the qualifiers.
Let’s take a look at the latest team and player news, stats, injury reports and Sports Betting odds for England vs Poland while making some predictions.
Game: England vs Poland
Location: Wembley, London
Time: Wednesday, March 31, 2:45 p.m. ET
Television: beIN Sports
Live Stream: fuboTV
European 2022 World Cup Qualifiers Betting Lines
Head to Head
- Competitive Matches: 19
- England Victories: 11 (30 goals)
- Poland Victories: 1 (11 goals)
- Draws: 7
England and Poland haven’t met since the 2012-13 European World Cup qualifiers, but curiously enough, 12 of the 19 games have been during a World Cup qualifying stage, and they even collided in the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
Poland haven’t beaten England since 1973 (2-0). Since then, England have an 11-7-0 record against them. The last time they met, England won 2-0 at Wembley with goals from Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard (both are retired now).
England have never lost to Poland when playing at home. The best Poland have been able to do is drawn twice (1966 and 1973).
Moneyline: England -335 | Poland +850
Why bet on England?
England started the road to the 2022 World Cup on the right foot; first, they beat San Marino 5-0 at home, and three days later they went to Albania and won 2-0. They’re one of seven teams that haven’t conceded any goals, and they come next to Denmark (10 goals) in the top-scoring list.
Gareth Southgate (England’s manager) has one of the best rosters in the team’s history. Against San Marino, he didn’t need Harry Kane, Luke Shaw, or Harry Maguire, but they all played against Albania.
Individually, Nick Pope has become a reliable goalkeeper, something England have been struggling with since David Seaman. On the attack, Dominic Calvert-Lewin is the team’s top scorer with two goals; Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane have one goal each.
England have won four of their last five games at home, including a huge 2-1 victory against Belgium. They began the road to the 2022 World Cup with a 1-1 record against the spread and 0-2 regarding the total (over/under).
England haven’t missed a World Cup since 1998, but they haven’t won it since 1996; it’s time, and they need to send a strong message now. Beating Poland would be huge for England, otherwise even Hungary could be at the top of Group I at the end of the day.
Why Bet on Poland?
They have Robert Lewandowski. I know, soccer is not an individual sport, but he’s a beast! He already scored three goals (among the European qualifiers’ top scorers), and he has scored 35 goals in the Bundesliga season, but guess what? He’s injured and out (Karol Swiderski could take his place).
Last week, Poland rescued a point against Hungary (3-3), and three days later they beat Andorra 3-0. They haven’t won in their last five road games; their last victory on the road was against Israel (1-2) in November 2019.
Yes, Lewandowski is the superstar here, but Poland have other stars, including Wojciech Szczesny (Juventus), Arkadiusz Milik (Olympique Marseille), Piotr Zielinski (Napoli) and Krzysztof Piatek (Hertha Berlin).
With Lewandowski out, Poland should be even more precautious. You can expect a solid defensive wall, while waiting for a perfect opportunity on the counterattack.
Poland began the road to the 2022 World Cup with a 0-2 record against the spread, and 1-1 regarding the total (over/under).
Paulo Sosa took over the Poland national team in January, and so far, he hasn’t lost (1-1-0).
Discarded Players and Projected Line-ups
As we already mentioned, sadly Lewandowski is out but the rest of the players, on both sides, are ready to go.
England’s expected lineup is Nick Pope, Kyle Walker, John Stones, Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw, Mason Mount, Kalvin Phillips, Declan Rice, Raheem Sterling, Harry Kane, and Phil Foden.
Poland’s expected lineup is Wojciech Szczesny, Bartosz Bereszynski, Kamil Piatkowski, Kamil Glik, Maciej Rybus, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Kamil Jozwiak, Kamil Grosicki, Piotr Zielinski, Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek.
Pick: England to win
Over/Under: 2½ goals
Poland’s last three games went over 2½ goals, but Robert Lewandowski played in all those games. Without him, their offensive power decreases considerably, and their main objective will be not to lose or lose by the least amount of goals possible.
Three of England’s last five games went under 2½ goals. They have a powerful offensive unit, but they’re going to face tough defensive opposition, and the pressure could be too much.
They were two very different teams, but the last two times that England and Poland met the result went under 2½ goals.
Pick: Under 2½ goals
Final Score Prediction: England 2 – Poland 0
England vs Poland Props Predictions
At BetUs you can also predict the correct score and the half-time-full-time winners. England haven’t lost to Poland in a very long time, and they haven’t been down, at halftime, in any of their last five matchups.
Here’s a quick rundown of England vs Poland latest results (all competitions):
- England 2 – Poland 0 (1-0 at half time)
- Poland 1 – England 1 (0-1 at half time)
- England 2 – Poland 1 (1-1 at half time)
- Poland 1 – England 2 (0-1 at half time)
- Poland 0 – England 0 (0-0 at half time)
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