Poland – Czech Republic SOCCER PICKS
Poland and Czech Republic meet at PGE Arena Gdańsk, in a friendly match. This is the 6th friendly match of the year for Poland, after friendlies against Republic of Ireland, Lithuania, Chile, Republic of Korea and Nigeria. In the case of the Czech Republic, this is their 4th friendly of the year, after previous friendlies against Russia, Nigeria and Australia. There is only record of 1 recent direct match between these two teams, on 17-11-2015, which ended with the victory of Poland by (3-1). In this match the home factor may be decisive, since Poland presents considerable differences in their results at home and as a visitor.
The team of the house disputes its 6th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies it registered the following markers: Poland (1-1) Republic of Ireland, Poland (4-0) Lithuania, Poland (2-2) Chile, Poland (3-2) Republic of Korea and Poland (0-1) ) Nigeria. This is a team that, oddly enough, has had better results in away matches than at home, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 6 draws and 2 losses in away matches; against 5 wins, 4 draws and 6 losses at their stadium. In their last match, for the UEFA Nations League, they lost with Italy at home (0-1). In the last 5 home matches for the Friendlies, Poland have 2 wins, 2 draws and 1 loss.
For this competition, they have not lost any of the last 4 matches. The team has conceded goals in 4 of the last 5 matches, so they have not presented great defensive solidity, but their offense has scored consistently, as they have scored goals in 4 of the last 5 matches for this competition. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback.
Poland had a performance far below the expected in the World Cup and since then played 4 games, which failed to win none, seeking a recovery in this friendly. The team has the biggest problem with the defense, which has been suffering goals regularly, so much that it suffered goals in 6 of its last 7 matches for all competitions, while the attack is doing its part, as it scores frequently, especially against more fragile defenses, as is the case with their next opponent. In the home games, as in Thursday’s game, Poland has acted badly lately, comes from 3 consecutive defeats and most worrying is that he always suffered goals in these 3 games, again showing the defensive fragility, as it has left many spaces in his defense and still suffering a lot with the counterattacks. For the confrontation against the Czech Republic, coach Brzeczek must repeat the starting eleven that was defeated by Italy in the last game, with highlight for striker Lewandowski, a born artilleryman and who needs few opportunities to balance the networks.
The visiting team disputes their 4th friendly of the year. In the previous friendlies he registered the following markers: Russia (5-1) Czech Republic, Nigeria (0-1) Czech Republic and Australia (4-0) Czech Republic. This is a team that usually maintains similar results, at home and abroad, so it is unfortunately not affected by the home team, since in the last 30 matches they register 7 wins, 1 draw and 7 losses in away matches; against 6 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats in his stadium. The team comes to this match after an away loss to Ukraine by (1-0). In the last 10 away matches for all competitions, the Czech Republic won 5, tied 1 and lost 4. The team allowed goals in 7 of the last 10 matches, so their defense needs to improve, but their attack He has scored regularly, since he scored goals in 8 of the last 10 matches. In 15 games, he suffered the first goal 6 times and never got the comeback. In the last 12 home matches for all competitions there is 1 period that stands out: they have scored 7 of their 17 goals between minutes (16′-30 ‘).
The Czech Republic is a medium-sized selection on the European stage, which failed to qualify for the last World Cup and is doing a bad campaign in the League of Nations of the UEFA, competition in which it has 2 losses and only 1 victory , being a triumph over the median selection of Slovakia. The team has as its main problem the defensive fragility, since it suffered goals in 7 of the last 8 matches for all competitions, being a team that tries to attack frequently, but ends up leaving many spaces in its defense and suffers a lot with the aerial plays , what should be a problem against the Polish team. Playing as a visitor, the Czech Republic usually has great difficulties against more qualified selections, as is the case of its next opponent, so much that it comes from defeats against Ukraine and Russia, selections of some quality, and victories over the fragile selections of Slovakia and Nigeria, being a team that deprives a lot for the defense in that type of situation, but ends up attacking little. For the match against Poland, coach Silhavy must maintain the line-up that he has been using in the last matches, since a lot of things need to be adjusted in this team and only by repeating the line-up will he be able to give more collective coordination to this team.