Poland, Mexico, on for a straight shootout

Poland, Mexico, on for a straight shootout

Poland and Mexico meets on November 23, 2022, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8) in the World Cup, after 44 years. These two teams last met each other in the World Cup way back 1978, and as they meet once again, fans can expect a shootout as these two teams meet. These two teams has the potential to go second in their group. In their group, the top spot is almost sure that Argentina will be the one to secure it. Poland and Mexico on the other hand, has the capability to be the second or third in their group.

Going into this game, both Poland and Mexico is just even record-wise. In fact, from all the eight matches they played, they both won three games apiece, while the two were drawn by them. During their last meeting in 1978, it was Poland who took home the 3-1 victory, but that was ages ago. That means, although it was Poland who won that time, things might take a different turn. Despite being impressive, these two teams have yet to make remarkable runs in the World Cup. Mexico, although they have the record of most games played by any nation with 57 games, they have yet to reach the Finals. As for Poland, although they are in their ninth World Cup appearance, they last reached the knockout stage was in 1986.

Mexico enters their eight consecutive World Cup

World Cup: Mexico

This team is on their way for their eighth consecutive World Cup appearance, but on their last seven appearances, they were eliminated as early as the Round of 16. This squad secured a spot in the World Cup when they defeat El Salvador, but their points are what really saved them. However, coming into this game, they experienced defeat from Sweden. With that, they are eager to bounce back in this game. This squad managed to go beyond the expectations of them despite having different issues. But if they cannot address these issues, it will be hard for them to go second in this group.

The Mexicans are lucky they have Raul Jimenez back, just in time for their World Cup campaign. He did not participate in their matches after sustaining issues from his groin. Jesus Corona on the other hand, is ruled out the entire tournament because of his ankle injury.

Poland hopes to go beyond the group stage

Photo courtesy of PAP

Poland is impressive during their qualification round, where they were able to finish in second place. For their World Cup campaign, they have one goal in mind- to go past through the group stage. They last escaped the group stage in 1986, which is actually surprising. They have the talent and the power, but they still cannot pass the group stage. Luckily, they are able to win on their match before the World Cup. From there, they can get confidence, and hope that they could receive the same result in this match. They want to open their campaign in a good note to keep their momentum.

Bartlomiej Dragowski, Jacek Goralski, and Adam Buksa all withdrew from their national team, following the injury they sustained. Luckily, they still have their star, Robert Lewandowski, who will surely lead their squad.

Prediction:

Draw
Odds: 0.84

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