The final round of group stage matches in the 2022 World Cup will be crucial in deciding the last 16 spots with these Poland vs. Argentina predictions vital in Group C. Lionel Messi is under pressure to drive La Albiceleste into the knockout stages up against the threat of Robert Lewandowski and Poland.
Poland vs. Argentina odds
1 – Argentina to win at – 1/2
2 – Argentina under 1.5 total goals – 11/8
3 – Total goals scored under 2.5 – 21/20
4 – Both teams not to score – 5/6
5 – Argentina to win 1-0 at – 6/1
The final round of group stage games at Qatar 2022 is set to be a thriller as a host of teams push to secure their places in the last 16.
Poland and Argentina both endured a poor start to the tournament, with Lewandowski’s penalty miss sealing a 0-0 draw for the former against Mexico.
However, Argentina’s shock 2-1 defeat against Saudi Arabia has gone down as one of the biggest surprises in World Cup history.
With positivity limited for both sides, this could be a gritty encounter, with a narrow result at the end of it in Doha.
Argentina are determined to give their skipper Messi a historic World Cup farewell and they should have an edge in this game, with Poland failing to get out of the group stages since 1986.
Goals have been an issue for both sides in the opening set of games, with Poland drawing a blank against Mexico, and Messi’s penalty Argentina’s only goal against Saudi Arabia.
Argentina are slight favourites to clinch a victory and potentially a knockout spot, but this is not expected to be a goal-filled cracker.
Poland’s five games heading into the Qatar competition included three 1-0 scorelines and a 0-0 draw – to underline the lack of goals in matches they are involved in.
Prior to losing to Saudi Arabia, Argentina were unbeaten in 36 games and they conceded zero goals in five games from June to September, ahead of the World Cup.
Argentina need to react, if they want to avoid another high-profile World Cup disaster for Messi – and that momentum should give them an edge in this tie.
How to stream Poland vs. Argentina
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Poland vs. Argentina last five matches
Poland last five matches
Argentina last five matches
Poland top World Cup goalscorers
Argentina top World Cup goalscorers
Poland vs. Argentina line-ups
Poland (3-5-2) Szczesny; Kiwior, Gilik, Bereszynski; Zalewski, Szymanski, Krychowiak, Kaminski, Cash; Lewandowski, Milik
Argentina (4-4-2): Martinez; Tagliafico, Li. Martinez, Romero, Molina; Gomes, Parades, Fernandez, Di Maria; La. Martinez, Messi
Poland team news
Poland could roll the dice in this clash as they go for broke in the push for a knockout stage place. That could mean a change to the attack with Juventus loanee Milik drafted into the first XI alongside Lewandowski in a more positive approach.
Argentina team news
Scaloni reportedly has no fresh injury worries ahead of this game but he is expected to tweak his starting line up to try and seal a last 16 spot. Manchester United centre back Lisandro Martinez is set to start in defence with Benfica star Enzo Fernandez in midfield.