This will be the fourth consecutive EURO appearance for Poland, and sure enough, they are eager to start their campaign with a morale-boosting victory.
Their group is quite open, as they share it with Sweden, Spain, and Slovakia, as every nation has the potential of progressing further.
With an opening win here, the Polish will be on the right path of repeating their success from 2016 when they reached the quarter-finals, and being quite potent in every match they played so far in this year, gives them every reason to approach this clash with their heads up high.
Defender Bednarek (30/1, Southampton) is doubtful, while injured remains striker Milik (59/15, Marseille). Defender Reca (14/0, Crotone), midfielders Grosicki (83/17, WBA), Szymanski (11/1, Dynamo Moscow) and forward Piatek (18/8, Hertha) aren’t with the team.
The “Falcons” had a slow “start” in both of their previous major tournaments, as they failed to record a victory in their opening matches during the World Cup 2010 and EURO 2016, but never the less, managed to find their way to the knockout phase.
Currently, they have a run of six consecutive unbeaten encounters in all competitions, but only in one of them were able to come out victorious, against Russia 2:1 back in March during the World Cup qualifiers.
However, besides that victory, didn’t show too much in that campaign, as well in the two friendlies against Bulgaria and Austria in the preparational period for this European Championship.
Team captain and midfielder Hamsik (126/26, Goteborg) is doubtful for the first round, while forward Shranz (8/1, Jablonec) won’t be ready. They miss defender Gyomber (28/0, Salernitana), midfielders Bero (15/0, Vitesse), Rusnak (32/5, Real Salt Lake), Sabo (18/0, Rizespor), Stoch (60/6, Zaglebie), and forward Safranko (10/0, Sepsi) compared to previous call-ups.
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Not only traditionally, but this year too. The Polish team has additional versatility and creativity that can not be neglected, comparing to quite a passive Slovakia. Moreover, without Hamsik with the best possible form, it’s difficult for them to match up against the Poles in case their opponents have the right approach since this one comes as almost a must-win in order to make their lives easier. Simply put, the Poles have a slight advantage in every line, especially in the attack – medium stake though.