2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: England vs Poland

England welcome Poland to Wembley Stadium in a blockbuster Group I encounter in qualifying for 2022 FIFA World Cup. 

Victory could see England move as much as five points clear at the top of Group I if Hungary lose to Andorra.

Poland meanwhile can move to the summit of Group I with a win.

 

Team News

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England have no fresh injury concerns to report as Gareth Southgate ponders whether to name an unchanged lineup or rotate his squad, although Nick Pope will start in goal.

Mason Mount could be rested after he missed group training on Tuesday, instead conducting recovery fitness with the medical team.

Poland will be without Robert Lewandowski after the Bayern Munich star suffered ligament damage in Sunday’s win over Andorra.

 

Stat Attack

  • England have lost just one of 12 previous World Cup Qualifying meetings against Poland (W7, D4, L1).
  • Poland are winless in six World Cup Qualifying trips to England (D1, L5).
  • Raheem Sterling is the only sole surviving player from England’s last home game against Poland in October 2013 to still feature in the squad.
  • Poland have lost just one of their last four matches in which Robert Lewandowski was absent (W3, L1).
  • Just three of England’s last 12 home goals have come from a striker, with those three goals all coming from Dominic Calvert-Lewin.

 

Prediction

After thrashing San Marino in their opener, a changed England line-up seemed to lack real spark up front with several wasted opportunities through poor finishing, despite Harry Kane and Mason Mount clinically punishing defensive mistakes.

Poland meanwhile were pure ruthless against Andorra as they scored three goals for the second consecutive game, yet England away is their World Cup Qualifying hoodoo and I expect this to be more difficult without Lewandowski’s presence.

On that note, I really am not expecting a thriller here despite Poland’s decent form when Lewandowski isn’t in the team, especially with England not looking sharp on Sunday so I wouldn’t be surprised if Jesse Lingard and Ben Chilwell start in order to add extra energy to England’s attacking play.

Should those two indeed start then I can see England finding a way through to a comfortable home win, otherwise I can see a score draw or single goal victory coming.

Prediction: England 2-1 Poland

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