Portugal – Poland SOCCER PICKS
On Tuesday, 20.11., Group 3 of League A closes its doors. The final game is Portugal vs. Poland. The final placings are already fixed. Portugal will not lose the first place in the table even in the event of a defeat. Poland, on the other hand, will not be able to leave third place even in a win and is certain to be relegated. Whether this match becomes a mere friendly match, or whether both teams want to present themselves once again from its best side, we experience from 20:45 clock in the Estadio D. Alfonso Henriques.
Portugal can also do without Ronaldo. The five-time world footballer has been enjoying a break in the national team since the World Cup. Whether or when he returns, is uncertain. Even without him, the European champion could secure the first place in Group 3. Two wins and one draw have been collected so far. At the start, they defeated Italy 1-0. It was followed by an away win against the current competitor Poland (3: 2). On the third matchday, the Santos-Elf took a point in Italy. Thus, after three matchdays, seven points are on the credit side. The gate balance is 4: 2. The goal statistics prove a little that the defensive football is still part of the Portuguese. Since the World Cup, the European champion completed a total of five games. Thus, the greatest strength of the Portuguese seems to be efficiency.
Another proof of efficiency: The friendly game from 14.10. Excluded against Scotland, the last victory with more than one goal advantage (3: 0) on 07.06. against Algeria (also a friendly). Despite the moderate offensive, they are in Group 3 the best storm. Italy only netted twice, Poland only three times. 50% of these goals went to André Silva of the Spanish first division Sevilla FC. In the first match of the UEFA Nations League, he scored the 1-0 win over Italy and in the 3-2 victory against Poland, he met the important 1-1 equalizer.
Poland have to give up their captain Robert Lewandowski at the last group match.
However, it is doubtful if this would actually weaken the “Bialo-Czerwoni”, as he has not scored a single goal in the UEFA Nations League so far. With him you got in Group 3 only a single counter from three games. With a goal balance of 3: 5, they are also the worst defensive group 3 In spite of all the pessimism and the above-mentioned Testspielcharakter there is still a good reason to cut off against Portugal as well as possible. Although the relegation is already sealed, a win for the draw of the European Championship groups would be an advantage. The first ten nations of league A are supposed to have weaker opponents. If Poland were defeated, the starting situation for the upcoming European Championship would continue to worsen. Maybe this is Portugal vs. Poland tip the scales to give a tip towards the Eastern Europeans.