Poland take on Sweden in a first leg for a World Cup ticket. It took a Robin Quaison winner in extra time for Sweden to beat the Czech Republic 1-0 and qualify for this game.
Janne Andersson will be hoping his side will tighten up at the back after giving the Czechs a wealth of chances, while also being more clinical in front of goal ahead of this crucial showdown.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is set to return and the great veteran would love to make a decisive impact.
Poland were drawn against Russia in the previous round, but with FIFA and UEFA banning Russia from their competitions, they were given a bye. They faced Scotland in a friendly as the Scots postponed their game against Ukraine. The game ended 1-1, meaning Poland haven’t won in their last two games.
The win-win nature of the game means it could be a suspicious affair. One mistake could mean the difference and the teams could well be separated by whoever keeps their cool best.
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How to watch Poland vs Sweden
- Dated: Tuesday 29 March
- Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
- American TV channel: UniMas, TUDN
- Distribution in the United States: ESPN+
- Television Canada: Univision Canada
- Canadian broadcast: LIVE
The match will be broadcast exclusively in the United States on ESPN+.
In Canada, the game will air on Univision and will be available to stream on VIVA.
Planned compositions between Poland and Sweden
Poland will be without Mateusz Klichwhich is missing with suspension. Arkadiusz Milik and Salmon from Bartosz both suffered knocks during the game against Scotland and are unlikely to be available.
It goes without saying that Robert Lewandowski will lead the line for Poland, who will most likely continue with their three-man defense system. Bereszynsky is likely to enter from the back instead of Salmon.
Projected composition of Poland (3-4-2-1): Szczesny (GK) — Bednarek, Glik, Bereszynski — Cash, Zurkowski, Krychowiak, Reca — Moder, Zielinski — Lewandowski
The main news for Sweden is that Ibrahimovic will be available for selection again after suspension. It is likely to associate Isaac in attack if he gets the green light from the kick-off. Emile Krafth missed for the same reason against the Czechs. It is also available, although Marcus Danielson was moved to right-back in the previous game and acquitted himself well. He could go on.
Martin Olson is certain to miss, while Dejan Kulusevsky should get there, despite a blow to the cheek against Scotland.
Projected composition of Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen (GK) — Danielson, Nilsson, Lindelöf, Bengtsson — Kulusevski, K. Olsson, Ekdal, Forsberg — Ibrahimovic, Isak
CONTINUED: By how many votes did Lewandowski lose the Ballon d’Or?
Poland vs Sweden betting odds
Odds courtesy of DraftKings
It will likely be a close tie, with one likely enough to separate these two teams. Ibrahimovic’s return is a major boost to Sweden’s chances, with his experience likely to be invaluable in such a high-stakes game.
The same goes for the Polish centre-forward, with Lewandowski no stranger to high-pressure matches. Much of that may depend on how often Polish midfielders can step forward and offer their support to him.
- Money line: Poland +150 / Draw +210 / Sweden +215
- Spread: Poland -0.5 (+140) / Sweden +0.5 (-185)
- Over/Under 2.5 goals: More than +155 / Less than -195
- Both teams score: Yes +100 / No -130