Poland vs Northern Ireland by Rahul

Poland come into this encounter against Northern Ireland struggling for form, failing to win any of their friendly encounters prior to the Euros. They will have to rely a lot on the experience of their talented group of individuals including the likes of Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski, Milik, Pisczeck, Grosicki who will be aiming to make a major impact on this team to progress to the next round. All of them have had a good season in their respective teams, which will add confidence to them coming into this encounter. Poland need that form to come to the fore in a tournament where they have played 6 games and failed to win any (3 draws and 3 losses). They were the top scorers in qualifying with 33 goals and even beat Germany, which will give them faith that they can do the job on the Northern Irishman.


Northern Ireland have done well to progress to this stage of the tournament, participating in the main draw proper for their first time. They focussed a lot on team work and building a strong defensive ethic, that has seen them qualify in what honestly was the weakest qualifying group around. They will rely a lot on Cathcart, McAuley and Evans to keep it tight at the back, but they haven’t been tested as their friendlies that they have played in the lead-up to the tournament have been against lowly sides. They haven’t face an opposition of this quality since they played Chile and Uruguay in friendlies way back in June 2014, where they got beaten without finding the scoresheet at all.


The Polish team look to be extremely strong on paper and their performances will look to show on the stage of this big tournament, and I expect them to go out attacking against Northern Ireland from the word go. I back Poland to beat Northern Ireland in this first group game.


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Poland William Hill 1.73 7 1-0 WON (+5.11 units)
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