Denmark vs Poland by Meese
Denmark didn't start the qualifying campaign that well, having two defeats in first three rounds and since then, they already know that first position will be extremely hard to get as they suffered defeats to Poland away and Montenegro at home. However, the side has improved since then getting victories over Kazakhstan twice and taking a point on the road to Romania.
The side is still to impress against better opponents, as their first victory was over Armenia, while they stand at third position sharing actually second placed with Montenegro with ten points earned, which is six points less than leaders from Poland. Of course that the side remains close to a must win situation in this one since they need the second position badly here. Their most recent match ended as a 1:3 victory against Kazakhstan in Almaty, as their hosts played with a man less since 43rd and it wasn't very difficult for Danish side to obtain a three pointer (goals from Jorgensen, Eriksen (from penalty) and Dolberg).
In comparison to previous matchs, defenders Peter Ankersen (19/1, Copenhagen), Erik Sviatchenko (5/1, Celtic), midfielders Daniel Wass (16/0, Celta), Pierre Emile Hojbjerg (21/1, Southampton) and forwards Yussuf Poulsen (20/3, Leipzig) and Martin Braithwaite (17/1, Middlesbrough) won't be playing here.
Poland, on the other side, has close to a perfect start this qualifying campaign, since they have five victories and just one draw, leading the table now with six points more than Montenegro and Denmark and the side is more than close to reach the direct qualifying ticket for Russia 2018.
After starting draw away to Kazakhstan, Polish improved and showed their best in next five matches, coming most recently from a 3:1 victory at home against Romania during June. They completely outplayed the opponent and didn't need much of chances created in order to score, also looking very threatening every time with the ball to their feet. Lewandowski was once again star player of the match, scoring three goals in process for another easy three pointer.
Goalkeeper Artur Borus (64/0, Bournemouth) has retired for some time already, while the side also misses defender Maciej Sadloj (15/0, Wisla), midfielders Gregorz Krychowiak (45/2, West Bromwhich Albion), Tomasz Jodlowiec (49/1, Legia) and Bartosz Kapustka (14/3, Freiburg) are missing for this one in comparison to previous few call-ups.
- Last four mutual matches of these two teams ended as over 2.5 goals.
Denmark needs to attack here and try to get all three points, while the Polish side remains rock solid in attack and I see them being here very threatening as well. Can't see the match going other way, but to be a very offensive one from both ends.