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Poland vs Chile - Match Preview

07 Jun 2018 Ed Mackey INTERNATIONAL: Int. Friendly Games
INTERNATIONAL: Int. Friendly Games

Poland

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT
08 June 2018

Chile

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Kick-off
18:45 GMT 08 June 2018

The topic on everyone’s lips at the moment is the FIFA World Cup which starts in just a week’s time. Poland, who will feature in Russia over the next few weeks, face Chile, who are one of the big names not going, in their penultimate warm-up game.

STATS

  • With eight wins, a draw and a loss in their 10 qualifying matches, Poland cruised through their group to reach the World Cup. Their last international fixture was in March against South Korea where Poland came out 3-2 winners, scoring a last-minute winner after two late South Korean goals. Before that, they were beaten 1-0 by both Nigeria and Mexico.
  • It’s a huge shock that Copa America holders Chile won’t be going to Russia. They missed out on qualification in the final match as they needed to beat Brazil to secure a place at the World Cup, they were beaten 3-0. In a friendly match with Serbia on Monday night, they won 1-0 thanks to Guillermo Marípan’s goal.
  • No player scored more qualifying goals than Robert Lewandowski in any section, he’ll be looking to add to those 15 goals when Poland play their first game on the 19th of June.
  • Alexis Sanchez was Chile’s top scorer in their qualifying campaign with seven goals, it’s a shame to see a player of his quality staying at home this summer.

HEAD TO HEAD

This will be the first meeting between the two nations in their respective footballing histories. All four of Chile’s most recent international matches have been in Europe and they’ve had mixed results with two wins, a draw and a loss. Poland’s last taste of football against a South American side was against Uruguay at home in November, they played out a goalless draw.

POLAND NEWS

With a friendly against Lithuania still to play on Tuesday, it’s important for Poland to understand what their best starting XI is ahead of their World Cup opener. Kamil Glik picked up a shoulder injury that has probably ruled him out of the tournament.

Latest matches: Poland

27.03.2018 Int. Poland South Korea 3:2 W
23.03.2018 Int. Poland Nigeria 0:1 L
13.11.2017 Int. Poland Mexico 0:1 L
10.11.2017 Int. Poland Uruguay 0:0 D
08.10.2017 Worl Poland Montenegro 4:2 W

CHILE NEWS

Instead of picking their experienced players, the Chile squad is made of up of plenty of youngsters and not a single player with more than 20 international caps. Alexis Sanchez and Arturo Vidal are two stars that miss out on the 23-man squad.

Latest matches: Chile

04.06.2018 Int. Serbia Chile 0:1 W
31.05.2018 Int. Romania Chile 3:2 L
27.03.2018 Int. Denmark Chile 0:0 D
24.03.2018 Int. Sweden Chile 1:2 W
10.10.2017 Worl Brazil Chile 3:0 L

SUMMARY

With Chile picking inexperienced young players instead of the ones that won them the Copa America, they are huge underdogs against a Polish side that could be a real dark horse at the World Cup. A win for Poland will provide them with confidence and preparation for their trip to Russia and it is certainly expected.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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