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Match facts

Poland

  • This is the third FIFA World Cup meeting between Poland and Argentina – Poland won 3-2 in 1974, while Argentina won 2-0 en route to winning the trophy for the first time in 1978.
  • This is the first meeting of any kind between Poland and Argentina since a friendly in June 2011, the European side running out 2-1 winners.
  • Having won four of their first seven FIFA World Cup games against South American sides (L3), Poland have lost each of their last three in the competition without scoring a single goal.
  • Poland have kept a clean sheet in each of their last three World Cup games, including both in 2022 despite facing 27 shots (9 on target) at this edition. Never previously have Poland recorded four consecutive World Cup shutouts.
  • Lewandowski has been directly involved in both of Poland’s goals at the 2022 World Cup (1 goal, 1 assist), and became their oldest ever World Cup goalscorer against Saudi Arabia last time out (34y 97d). He is the only Polish player to have attempted more than two shots at this year’s World Cup (7), while no teammate has created more chances than the Barcelona striker at this edition of the tournament (3, level with Piotr Zielinski).

Argentina

  • Argentina have lost their last two FIFA World Cup games against European nations, with these losses coming against Croatia (0-3) and France (3-4) in 2018. They’ve never lost three consecutive World Cup games against European sides before.
  • Following their victory last time out against Mexico, Argentina will be looking to progress to the knockout stages for a 13th time in their last 14 World Cup appearances, with their only group stage elimination during this period coming in 2002.
  • Argentina had to wait until the 40th minute for their first attempt on goal in their MD2 encounter with Mexico, with the entire game producing just nine shots in total (Argentina 5, Mexico 4), the lowest tally on record in a World Cup match since 1966.
  • Lionel Messi has scored in six successive appearances for Argentina in all competitions, his joint-longest scoring run for his national side (also 6 between November 2011 - September 2012), while he now has as many World Cup goals as Diego Maradona (8), with only Gabriel Batistuta (10) netting more for Argentina at the tournament overall

Predictions

With the likely prospect of facing world champions France in the last 16 should either nation finish second in Group C, Poland and Argentina will both be determined to come out on the winning side on Wednesday.

Poland have the potential to cause problems for Argentina and another upset cannot be discounted here, but if Messi and co can click in the final third, Scaloni's men should have the quality to edge past their European counterparts and secure top spot.

Final Score – 1 : 2
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odds 2.1

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