Poland - Slovakia | Euro 2021 Betting Tips, Prediction & Odds
Statistical information, performance, best odds and betting tips for Poland vs Slovakia for Euro 2021. Analysis with head to head comparison and forecast by football experts.
Poland and Slovakia are meeting in the opening game of Group E at Saint Petersburg Stadium in Russia. The first game for them in EURO 2021 will set the pace for both teams, as Spain is the big favorite to win this group. That leaves one guaranteed spot for the knockout stage for these two sides and Sweden, and this matchup is a chance to get the vital three points on the board.
- Poland vs. Slovakia
- Group E – First Round
- Date – 14/06/2021
- Starting time – 18:00 CET
- Venue: Saint Petersburg Stadium in St Petersburg, Russia
Poland Stats & Form
The Polish team will participate in their fourth straight European Championship. They put out a near-perfect run of results in their qualification campaign, dropping just five points on their way to the EURO 2021. Poland has won eight out of ten games in their qualification group. Their best result had been in 2016 when they reached the quarterfinals but sadly were beaten by Portugal after penalties.
The Polish team started their road to Qatar 2022 with one win, loss, and draw, including a 3-3 shootout in Hungary.
Poland striker Krzysztof Piątek has been ruled out of Euro 2021 after fracturing his ankle playing for his club side Hertha Berlin. In the last two years, he was receiving regular call-ups from the national team, both from current coach Paulo Sousa and his predecessor Jerzy Brzęczek. The 25-year-old played in all of Poland’s first three games of 2022 World Cup qualification. He scored one goal against Hungary in Budapest.
When we talk about the Polish football team, there is usually one thing that pops up immediately – Robert Lewandowski. It’s pretty fair to say that Poland lives and dies with the superstar and his achievements. Lewandowski scored an impressive 63 goals in 116 matches for the national team. The 32-year old won the 2021 prize for both FIFA and UEFA Men’s Player of the Year.
Slovakia Stats & Form
Slovaks are entering the tournament for the second time ever, with the first being in 2016. And they had a long journey to this championship. In the qualification group, the Slovaks managed to grab themselves a third place, trailing Wales by one point, and Croatia by four. The Falcons moved on to the playoffs through Nations League points, where they beat the Republic of Ireland after penalties in the semi-finals and their neighbors Northern Ireland in extra time. A late goal from Michal Ďuriš secured the 2-1 victory for Slovakia and their place at Euro 2021.
Slovakia started their Qatar 2022 qualification with five points from three matches, including a 2-1 victory against Russia.
The superstar of Slovaks football is Marek Hamšík, who played in Napoli from 2007 to 2019 and established himself as a world-class midfielder. With 126 games for the national team, the 33-years-old captain brings a ton of experience and skills.
For a while, Slovakia’s defense was all about Martin Skrtel, but following his retirement from international football, Milan Skriniar has taken over as the star of the backline. The 26-year-old Inter Milan centre-back has built a reputation as one of the best modern defenders in Europe.
Poland vs Slovakia Head-to-Head Stats
The head-to-head record between Poland and Slovakia is quite interesting. Since 1995 the teams have met eight times, with four wins for Slovakia, one draw, and three victories for Poland. Their last meeting was back in November 2013 when the Slovaks won 2-0 in a friendly game.
Poland vs Slovakia Betting Odds
Odds for this match are 1.70 for Poland, 5.00 for a Slovakia victory, and 3.50 for a draw at BET365.
Poland vs Slovakia Betting Tip:
Slovakia is lacking quality all over the pitch against a team like Poland. This was also quite obvious in the qualification, where Slovakia had to take a long way round, while Poland had a very impressive campaign. Polish good work ultimately comes down to their solid defense, as they conceded only five goals in 10 matches and kept seven clean sheets. In the end, with a player like Lewandowski goals could come from anywhere, at any time. So, Poland to win is the best option here.