Poland are set to host Italy at the Stadion Energa Gdansk on Sunday night in their next UEFA Nations League fixture.
Poland come into this match with confidence after registering a 5-1 thrashing of Finland on Wednesday. A hat-trick from West Bromwich Albion winger Kamil Grosicki and goals from Hertha Berlin striker Krzysztof Piatek and Napoli striker Arkadiusz Milik sealed the victory for Poland. Ingolstadt winger Ilmari Niskanen scored the only goal for Finland.
Italy, on the other hand, beat Moldova 6-0 at the Stadio Artemio Franchi on Wednesday. A brace from Shanghai Shenhua winger Stephan El Shaarawy, an own goal from Veaceslav Posmac and goals from Roma midfielder Bryan Cristante, Sassuolo striker Francesco Caputo and Sassuolo winger Domenico Berardi secured the emphatic victory for Italy.
Poland vs Italy Head-to-Head
In 16 previous encounters between the two sides, Italy hold the clear advantage. They have won six games, lost three and drawn seven.
Their most recent match was in 2018, with Italy beating Poland 1-0. Fiorentina left-back Cristiano Biraghi scored the only goal late in the second half to ensure the win for his country.
Poland form guide: W-W-L-W-W
Italy form guide: W-W-D-W-W
Poland vs Italy Team News
Poland have assembled a strong squad, including Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. Legia Warsaw defender Artur Jedrzejczyk and Chicago Fire midfielder Przemyslaw Frankowski are both injured.
The match against Finland saw debuts being handed out to Fiorentina goalkeeper Bartlomiej Dragowski, Heerenveen centre-back Pawel Bochniewicz, Lech Poznan defender Alan Czerwinski, Legia Warsaw utility man Michal Karbownik and Cagliari defender Sebastian Walukiewicz.
Injured: Artur Jedrzejczyk, Przemyslaw Frankowski
Meanwhile, Italy will be without Fiorentina midfielder Gaetano Castrovilli, who is out with an injury. Cagliari goalkeeper Alessio Cragno and Sassuolo striker Francesco Caputo both made their debuts against Moldova. Hellas Verona goalkeeper Marco Silvestri could be in line for a potential debut cap.
Injured: Gaetano Castrovilli
Poland vs Italy Predicted XI
Poland Predicted XI (4-4-2): Wojciech Szczesny, Bartosz Bereszynski, Jan Bednarek, Kamil Glik, Michal Karbownik, Damian Kadzior, Grzegorz Krychowiak, Mateusz Klich, Kamil Grosicki, Robert Lewandowski, Krzysztof Piatek
Italy Predicted XI (4-3-3): Gianluigi Donnarumma, Alessandro Florenzi, Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Emerson Palmieri, Jorginho, Marco Verratti, Nicolo Barella, Federico Chiesa, Ciro Immobile, Stephan El Shaarawy
Poland vs Italy Prediction
Poland have talented players, but will rely heavily on star striker and captain Robert Lewandowski to score the goals. Southampton centre-back Jan Bednarek has shown good form in recent months, and will be expected to form a solid defensive partnership with Benevento centre-back Kamil Glik.
Italy, on the other hand, have a strong squad. Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Marco Verratti, Lazio talisman Ciro Immobile and Juventus' new signing Federico Chiesa could all feature.
Italy have a talented squad and a good manager in Roberto Mancini. They should be able to beat Poland.
Prediction: Poland 1-3 Italy
Published 09 Oct 2020, 12:24 IST