Poland finished second in their World Cup qualifier group and has a potent lineup. Mexico, who may be strong on their day, tied Canada in the final qualifying match in scoring.
Poland’s 1-0 victory over Chile the previous week encouraged the group. The Mexico vs. Poland game will be played at Stadium 974, the first temporary arena in World Cup history constructed from 974 recycled shipping containers.
Mexico vs. Poland Overview
It was common for Poland to depart Russia before the end of 2017. They haven’t made it past the group phase since 1986 but had qualified for three previous five tournaments.
Startlingly, in each of their last eight finals appearances, El Tri has passed from their first-round group, with their last defeat coming in 1978.
Ex-Argentina coach Gerardo Martino managed the Mexican squad until January 2019. Martino had led the Albicelestes to the 2015 Copa America Final when they were defeated by hosts Chile on kicks.
Mexico’s final warmup friendly ended in a 2-1 loss to Sweden, their third loss in the same games, while Poland won back-to-back games without giving up a goal.
Poland’s first encounter versus Mexico will be crucial if they advance past the group stage since 1986 because Argentina, one of the favorites, is also in Group C. In the FIFA rankings, it is ranked number 26. Therefore, the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski will be crucial.
Despite keeping eight clean sheets in the third round of CONCACAF qualifying, Mexico has struggled to score goals. Raul Jimenez is out of condition and has only played three Premier League matches this season, so Hirving Lozano is under even more pressure to succeed well up top.
In the eight matches that have been held between them, Poland and Mexico share identical head-to-head records with three victories apiece. In the World Cup 1978 opening game between Mexico and Poland, Poland won 3-1.
Players to Watch
The focal point of Poland’s assault and one of the greatest strikers, Robert Lewandowski, won’t need many chances to score. But on the other side, the Mexican offense will likely be led by winger Hirving Lozano.
Mexico vs. Poland Prediction
There isn’t much that can divide the two sides. Lewandowski could score in the dying seconds to give his team a 2-1 victory, even though a draw is almost certainly in the cards.