Hello and welcome to the live blog for the FIFA World Cup 2022 Round of 16 clash between France and Poland.

World Cup 2022 knockouts have officially begun. Teams know their opponents now for the Round of 16. In the third Round of 16 clash, defending champions France will face Poland in what looks like a very delicious encounter. In the group stage, both teams had their struggles, but the knockout rounds were very different.

While France did not have many key players, such as Pogba, Kante, and Benzema, they have been one of the most impressive teams so far. They swept Denmark and Australia aside to advance to the next round. On the other hand, Poland had a very heart-stopping journey as until the last moments, they had no idea where they were going. 

France form (all comps): W-L-W-W-L

Poland form (all comps): W-W-D-W-L

Players to Watch

Antoine Griezmann 

So far, France’s campaign has been dominated by Kylian Mbappe. He has scored three goals, but the man who has been creating opportunities for him is Antonie Griezmann. Atletico Madrid’s attacker has proven to be flawless so far, even though he came into the tournament with a lot to prove. 

Wojciech Szczesny

So far, Wojciech Szczesny has kept the Polish hopes alive in the tournament. He has saved two penalties and is the sole man who determines Poland’s fate. French attackers are likely to test him from all angles, so if Poland wants to break through the defending champions, Szczesny needs to provide another master class.

Team News

France has a big injury scare going into this match. Theo Hernandez reportedly suffered an injury during the training session on Friday but is likely to start against Poland.

Poland are free from any injuries or suspension problems and all players are available for the battle against France.

France predicted XI (4-2-3-1)

Lloris, Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez, Tchouameni, Rabiot, Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe, Giroud

Poland predicted XI (4-4-2)

Szczesny, Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Lewandowski, Milik

Head to Head stats

Both sides have met 16 times in their history and France dominates this battle. Poland’s last win against France was way back in 1982

Played – 16

France – 8

Drawn – 5

Poland – 3

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