When: 19TH June, 20:30 IST
Where: Spartak Stadium, Moscow
Poland: L L W D W (good form)
Senegal: D D D L W (decent form)
Poland will be the slight favourites going into this one, but really it will be anyone’s game with both sides capable of causing the other serious problems. The deciding factor in this game may well be the performances of each respective team’s star players – Sadio Mane and Robert Lewandowski.
Poland will be missing the services of Kamil Glik, who is facing a race against time to be fit for the group stage.
Predicted Starting 11:
Poland: Wojciech Szczęsny, Maciej Rybus, Michał Pazdan, Jan Bednarek, Łukasz Piszczek, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Piotr Zieliński, Karol Linetty, Jakub Błaszczykowski, Kamil Grosicki, Robert Lewandowski
Senegal: Khadim N’Diaye, Lamine Gassama, Kalidou Koulibaly, Salif Sané, Youssouf Sabaly, Idrissa Gueye, Cheikhou Kouyaté, Alfred N’Diaye, Sadio Mané, Ismaïla Sarr, Diafra Sakho
Players to Watch out for
Robert Lewandowski: Lewandowski scored 16 of Poland’s 28 goals in the qualifying campaign. If he gets going, Poland will have a great chance to win.
Idrissa Gueye: The Everton star is one of the main players for Senegal. Gueye’s weakness is that he tends to make more fouls than anyone in the team. The 28 years old has improved a lot in the recent times though.
Jakub Blaszczykowski: From a personal tragedy to a national hero, Blaszczykowski’s journey is an inspiration. The Wolfsburg’s midfielder has had a great season for the team and will be hoping to continue his great form here at Russia.
Saliou Ciss: The Valenciennes defender was ruled out of the game due to an ankle injury and will be missing the entirety of the World Cup.