Poland and Sweden will have their dreams of reaching the World Cup finals answered on Tuesday evening, as the nations meet in the final of their path of the playoffs. But, which national side will be playing in Qatar later in the year?
World Cup Playoff Preview
Sweden may still be slightly disappointed that they dropped into the playoffs, as they pushed Spain extremely close in the group stages. However, just one game stands between the national side reaching the World Cup finals and a chance to make history in Qatar.
Sweden finished second in their Group B campaign, as they were beaten three times in eight games. But, they still managed to finish well clear of Greece in second, as they finished five points ahead of the 2004 European champions.
The Swedes come up against the Czech Republic in their semi-final clash of the playoffs. It was an extremely tight fixture between the two sides, as the match at the Friends Arena went into extra time. However, Robin Quaison kept Sweden’s hopes of reaching the World Cup alive, as he scored ten minutes from time to wrap up the dramatic win.
Poland pushed England all the way in their Group I campaign, but ultimately, second place was the very best that they could manage. They picked up 20 points from the ten games that they played, and were beaten on two occasions in the ten qualifiers that they played. They scored an incredible 30 goals, but did average more than a goal against per game.
Poland were given a bye in the previous round, as Russia were thrown out of World Cup qualification after invading Ukraine. The Pole’s picked up a draw as they returned to international action last week, as they played out an entertaining 1-1 draw against Scotland.
Poland vs Sweden Head to Head
Sweden has a very strong recent record in this fixture, as they have recorded victories in the previous six meetings. Their latest win came at the European Championships last summer, as they won an entertaining game 3-2. Poland’s last win against Sweden came in August 1991.
Poland vs Sweden Prediction
Sweden’s record in this fixture speaks for itself, which means that they should be the clear favourites in the betting. We find it hard to see past Sweden, and expect them to reach the World Cup finals with a 2-0 win against Poland.
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