Tuesday 12 Jun

Poland vs Lithuania - Match Preview

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

Poland

  • D
  • L
  • L
  • W
  • D

vs

Kick-off
16:00 GMT
12 June 2018

Lithuania

  • L
  • W
  • L
  • D
  • L

Kick-off
16:00 GMT 12 June 2018

It’s hard to focus on anything except the World Cup at the moment as the opening game, on Thursday, is at the top of every football fan’s agenda. There is just one more day of the pre-tournament warm-up matches and that sees Poland face Lithuania on Tuesday night.

STATS

  • Poland had a brilliant qualifying campaign as they dropped just five points out of a possible 30 on their way to finishing top of Group E. However, they’ve won just one of their last five friendlies which doesn’t bode well for the World Cup. They failed to overcome an inexperienced Chile side on Friday night, drawing 2-2.
  • Lithuania’s chance of a World Cup place quickly evaporated in Group F as they finished second bottom, ahead of Malta. They’ve won one of their three friendlies since qualification, beating Armenia 1-0 in March. They were beaten by the same scoreline on Friday night by another World Cup side, Iran.
  • Robert Lewandowski will undoubtedly be Poland’s main man in front of goal in Russia, he scored a staggering 15 goals in qualifying.
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  • Only four players in Group F qualifying scored more than Lithuania’s Fiodor Černych who managed to get three goals.

HEAD TO HEAD

Lithuania will actually take confidence from their recent record against Poland as they have won two of the last five meetings whilst only losing once. In their last fixture together, it ended goallessly and certainly won’t stick in the mind of any supporters. There have been over 2.5 goals just once in the last five meetings.

POLAND NEWS

The hosts are expected to be conservative in this friendly with the World Cup just days away. The main decision is whether Wojciech Szczesny or Lukasz Fabianski will start in goal next week.

Latest matches: Poland

08.06.2018 Int. Poland Chile 2:2 D
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

LITHUANIA NEWS

With nothing to play for the visitors, they can afford to make bold decisions and as they did against Iran, they will probably use a lot of their subs.

Latest matches: Lithuania

08.06.2018 Int. Iran Lithuania 1:0 L
05.06.2018 Balt Lithuania Latvia 1:1 D
30.05.2018 Balt Estonia Lithuania 2:0 L
27.03.2018 Int. Armenia Lithuania 0:1 W
24.03.2018 Int. Georgia Lithuania 4:0 L

SUMMARY

Despite wanting to avoid injury and over-exertion, Poland should win this one and get the perfect final work out before travelling to Russia for a potentially huge tournament. Lithuania will provide little threat but might fancy their chances with the Polish expected to be very cautious.

About the author - Ed Mackey

Experienced sports writer and huge Leicester City fan.

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