Chile vs. Poland
|Date & Time||Friday June 8, 2018, 2:45 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Poland -125 / Draw +230 / Chile +350 -- Over/Under: 2.5
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The most intriguing pre-World Cup international friendly on Friday pits a pair of top-10 teams in FIFA’s world rankings as Poland hosts Chile in a soccer clash.
Poland will look to head into group H action on a high note after a 3-2 victory in their last matchup against South Korea, a game that saw Poland go up 2-0 early thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski and Kamil Grosicki. South Korea equalized late thanks to 2 goals in 2 minutes from Lee Chang-Min and Hwang Hee-Chan before Piotr Zielinski put home the go-ahead goal late into injury time for the win. Poland’s last 4 friendly matches have been at home but it hasn’t seemed to matter a whole lot as the victory over South Korea was their first in their last 4 games, taking losses to Nigeria and Mexico and a scoreless draw against Uruguay. Not by any means is that shabby, but Poland will need to win some games to make waves in the coming weeks.
Chile on the other hand, shockingly missed out on World Cup qualification and will be using this game as a tune-up for next year’s Copa America tournament to get prepared to defend their title. The Chileans have been the opposite of their Polish counterparts, playing their last 4 friendly matches on the road, with wins over Sweden and most recently Serbia, but also recording a scoreless draw against Denmark and a shock 3-2 loss to Romania just over a week ago. The issue for Chile and something that needs to be fixed going forward is their offense, as the Chileans have failed to net more than two goals in any of their last 15 matches across all competitions.
This will be the first head-to-head meeting between Chile and Poland.
This could be a dangerous game to pick as Poland still have one more friendly to play and will not want to risk injury to any of their players going forward unlike Chile who have nothing to play for except experience here. However, Chile’s rotation is in flux right now and the squad from game to game keeps changing, while Poland has stayed the same for the most part, so I’ll ride Poland to the home victory here as I think Chile’s offensive woes are legitimate and I need to see that they’ve changed before instilling any faith in the Chileans.