05:00 PM IST: Welcome to the live blog of Poland vs Saudi Arabia, FIFA World Cup 2022 Group C match in Qatar.
The Group C of the 2022 FIFA World Cup felt predictable and pretty obvious at first. Argentina seemed as the strongest team whereas Saudi Arabia were the weakest team. However, the Arabs took their fate into their hands and beat Argentina 2-1. The Saudi Arabia defenders completely frustrated the Argentina players. They also played the offside trap perfectly, outsmarting the Argentinians many times.
On the other hand, Poland faced Mexico in what was supposed to be an easy win. However, Ochoa managed to trigger his infamous World Cup form and saved a penalty.
Poland Form ( All Comps): L L W W D
Saudi Arabia Form ( All Comps) : D W D L W
Players to watch
The main man for Poland. Over the years, Lewandowski has competed with Messi and Ronaldo in terms of the most goals scored. The FC Barcelona striker has managed to score 76 goals in 135 appearances for Poland which is a great feat. Robert Lewandowski is also one of the best strikers at the club level.
However his horror and dry run in the World Cup continue. After missing a penalty against Mexico, Lewandowski is yet to score a goal in the World Cup. It is possible that Robert can get started on this when Poland will face Saudi Arabia.
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The Saudi Arabia winger is receiving lots of fame after scoring the winning goal against Argentina. However, Salem has accomplished much in his career before as well. Salem joined Al Hilal as a youth player. Over the years he managed 207 appearances scoring 47 goals. One of these goals includes a crucial goal in the 2018 AFC Champions League Final.
Salem has also scored 18 goals in 72 appearances for Saudi Arabia. Moreover, Saudi Arabia and Salem can prove whether he’s consistent or not when they face Poland.
Head To Head Stats
Saudi Arabia: 0
Poland XI: (4-1-4-1)
Szczęsny, Bereszyński, Kiwior, Glik, Cash, Krychowiak, Zalewski, Szymański, Zieliński, Kaminski, Robert Lewandowski
Saudi Arabia XI: (4-1-4-1)
Owais, Abdulhamid, Tambakti, Bulayhi, Burayak, Malki, Brikan, Abid, Kanno, Salem -AlDawsari, Shehri
Poland vs Saudi Arabia: Prediction
Anything can happen in this match since Poland have the better players. But Saudi Arabia, on the other hand, are facing them after a major boost of beating Argentina. It is possible that Saudi Arabia can fail to perform. However, no team should be underestimated in the World Cup.
Prediction: Poland 1-2 Saudi Arabia