Poland vs Lithuania by 20Legend
Poland has an exciting team that is heading for the European tournament in France some days from now. Lukas Piszczek, Jakub Blaszczkowski and Robert Lewandowski all take their part in an important trio that must deliver if Poland should get through an interesting group with Germany, Ukraine and Northern Ireland as the other teams. Germany is natural favorites while Ukraine can be a tough opponent as well in terms of getting the important 2nd place.
Poland is playing their final game before the tournament starts on Friday and it is probably not a randomly chosen opponent. They failed to impress during their last friendly on June 1st against Netherlands (1-2) who is rebuilding their team. Before the loss, Poland had five straight wins. It is therefore a perfect opportunity for Poland to boost their confidence as a team tonight as Lithuania is their last opponent. The Polish team is sharp which they showed during their qualification for the upcoming tournament with 6-3-1 and 33:10 on goal difference from their 10 games. They have also done well in their last 10 friendlies with 5-3-2 to show for.
Lithuania is currently going through a change of generation just like many European teams are doing at this moment. It has therefore been a lot of changes going on and it can all be symbolized through their player Deividas Cesnauskis. He is the only player in this team with more than 50 matches to his belt for his country in the current squad. However, it will not be long before he also has to step down considering that he is 34 years of age. Lithuania has only one win from their last six games. They did not manage to qualify for the Euros either with only three wins from their 10 matches in the qualification group. Lithuania has not got many highlights from their friendlies either as their last win came in 2011. However, they managed to beat Estonia (2-0) in their last friendly on May 29th.
These are two teams with different a whole forms and different motivation in the near future. Poland has five wins from their last six games and surely wants to win this comfortably in order to build confidence to their first game in the Euros against Northern Ireland. Lithuania must use this game to make it most difficult for Poland to break them down, in order to show that they are no pushovers.
These teams have met 10 times earlier with Poland being the dominant team with 5-3-2 being the statistics. It is important to remember that Poland may be resting their biggest star Lewandowski tonight, in order to not take any chances before the Euros. However, Poland has a much stronger team compared to Lithuania anyway, with Milik being an interesting option as a starting striker. I expect Poland to be dominant either way in this match and I pick them to score over 2 goals (Asian Handicap) in Krakow tonight.