Kick-off: 1700, 14/06/2021
Stadium: Krestovsky Stadium
Poland reached the European Championship quarter-finals five years ago and can begin their Euro 2020 campaign by seeing off Slovakia.
After a strong performance in qualifying for this tournament and a solid Nations League effort, the Eagles should be ready to soar this summer.
This is unlikely to be a classic contest so 6/5 for Paulo Sousa’s side to prevail and under 3.5 goals is our first Poland vs Slovakia prediction.
A Look At Poland’s Betting Odds
Poland won eight of their 10 qualifiers to finish six points clear of Austria, scoring 18 goals in those games and conceding only five.
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski bagged six goals and remains the focal point of their attack.
Arkadiusz Milik of Marseille and Hertha Berlin’s Krzysztof Piatek are usually useful sidekicks, but both are missing for this tournament.
West Ham keeper Lukasz Fabianski and former Arsenal shot-stopper Wojciech Szczesny are both solid options between the posts.
Southampton defender Jan Bednarek and Leeds midfielder Mateusz Klich are other familiar faces in a squad packed full of experience and energy.
A tendency to tighten up at major finals is a concern but the feeling is it is now or never for this decent squad.
Looking at the Poland vs Slovakia odds, there is plenty of value in Draw HT/Poland FT at 31/10.
A Look At Slovakia’s Betting Odds
Slovakia finished third behind Croatia and Wales in a competitive pool and that stood them in good stead for a couple of play-off battles.
Republic of Ireland were edged out on penalties and then Northern Ireland beaten 2-1 in extra-time.
Midfield playmaker Marek Hamsik will try to control proceedings and has great energy levels for a 33-year-old.
Newcastle keeper Martin Dubravka won’t let anyone down while several members of this squad have picked up well over 50 caps.
Head coach Stefan Tarkovic is short of experience at this level, though, and a moderate Nations League campaign gives cause for concern.
March’s 2-1 World Cup win over Russia will ensure Slovakia are not taken for granted but that did come after draws with Cyprus and Malta.
Let’s finish off our Poland vs Slovakia betting tips by taking 7/1 for the Eagles to oblige 2-0.
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