Updated: Nov 14, 2022
Poland has qualified for their second World Cup in a row for the first time since 2006, and while they have been drawn into a difficult Group C in Qatar this winter, alongside Argentina, Mexico, and Saudi Arabia, they will fancy their chances of claiming a good result or two.
Spearheaded by the goal machine that is Robert Lewandowski, Poland has a team of quality players, many of who have played in Europe’s top five leagues in recent seasons.
Though Poland aren’t favourites to make it out of their group in Qatar World Cup, fellow stand-out players Wojciech Szczesny, Matty Cash and Jan Bednarek will aim to cause some upsets on the same level of the results the Polish teams of 1974 and 1982 achieved when making it to the semi-finals and finishing in third place.
Poland Team Odds To Win World Cup
Poland isn’t fancied to lift the World Cup trophy at 125/1 (+12500).
In their first game of the tournament, Poland plays Mexico and are underdogs at 7/4 (+175) to secure victory, with a draw priced at 19/10 (+190).
To progress past the group stage and into the round of 16, Poland will likely have to beat Mexico and Saudi Arabia, and they are given the joint-second best chance in Group C at 5/6 (-120) of doing so.
A quarter-final for Poland is possible and they are given the chance of 5/1 (+500) – original odds: 7/2 (+350) – of progressing past the round of 16, where they will likely have to beat France.
To get to the semi-final for the third time in their history, Poland would then likely have to beat either England or Netherlands in the last eight, which they are 11/1 (+1100) – original odds: 9/1 (+900) – to do.
How To Bet On Polish Team In Qatar
With a striker as lethal as Robert Lewandowski among their ranks, Poland is always going to be a nation that attracts some bets during the World Cup. If Lewandowski and Co. have caught your eye and you fancy backing them this winter, we’ve provided a list of popular types of bets to think over when betting on Poland at the World Cup.
Given there are a wealth of different markets when betting on football, it’s important you pick the right bets at the right time if you want to give yourself the best chance of landing a bet on Poland this winter.
Player Prop Bets
As mentioned, Lewandowski is a player that’s always going to attract a few bets.
You may decide that you want to bet on him to score a hat-trick during a game, which would be a player prop bet, as it’s a bet based on a player’s performance in a match.
Team Prop Bets
Equally, you might think Lewandowski’s goals are going to contribute to a strong Poland display when they take on Saudi Arabia.
You may then decide to go with a team prop bet and back Poland to score over 3.5 goals in a match. Team prop bets are bets based on a team’s performance during a game.
During the World Cup, there will be countless occasions when one nation is heavily favoured in match betting.
If you want to bet on the favourites but with better odds, you may choose to go with the Asian handicap market, which implements a handicap and so gives one side a virtual headstart before a ball has even been kicked.
When Poland plays Saudi Arabia at the World Cup, they’ll be the likely favourites and so the handicap may be set at three and a half goals, with Poland on -3.5 goals and Saudi Arabia on +3.5 goals.
If you are backing Poland, you will then need them to win the game by four or more goals, which covers the handicap, and so providing a winning selection.
If they were only to win the game 4-1, for example, you would lose the bet.
Again, if you think Lewandowski’s goals are going to contribute towards a commanding Poland performance, you may decide to go for a goal lines bet.
These enable you to bet on the total number of goals that will be scored in a match.
When Poland plays Saudi Arabia you may feel inspired by Lewandowski, they will find the back of the net on numerous occasions, so you could bet on over 4.5 goals to be scored in total.
Sticking with Poland v Saudi Arabia as an example, you can also choose to bet on whether there will be more or fewer goals scored in the match than what the bookmaker predicts.
For example, the bookmaker may project a total of four goals to be scored in the game. A totals bets would then let you bet over or under on this projected number being scored.
How To Sign Up At Sportsbook & Place A Bet On Poland
Now that you’ve read up on the key betting markets available around this year’s World Cup, you may well have decided that you want to bet on a Poland game, perhaps specifically that Robert Lewandowski will score a hat-trick against Saudi Arabia.
But before you can place a bet, you need to first open an account with an online bookmaker.
Once you have created an account and found your Lewandowski bet on the bookmaker’s website, you simply need to add it to your betting slip and then place it.
If you’re still unsure, read on as we’ve broken the process down into five simple steps:
- Locate the odds on-site that you wish to place a bet on, select them, and then add them to your on-screen betting slip.
- Next, you need to work out how much money you intend to use when placing the bet. Once you’ve decided, input the figure into the relevant box.
- You will not be able to place any bets unless you have the relevant money in your account. So make sure you have deposited the relevant amount before finalizing the bet.
- Once you have deposited the correct amount, you can then click the ‘place bet’ button and you will be alerted that your bet has been placed.
- It’s also worth keeping an eye on your betting slip during the match, as you might be offered ‘cash out’ options, which may appeal if your bet doesn’t look to be coming in.
Poland Team Overview For Qatar
Poland has been drawn in Group C alongside one of the favourites for the competition in Argentina as well as Mexico and Saudi Arabia.
Argentina who are two-time World Cup winners will most likely top the group and the battle for second place is expected to come down to Poland and Mexico.
Mexico, who are highly rated going into Qatar, will be hard to beat but Poland’s quality crop of players and the in-form Lewandowski will be no walkover.
Poland’s team led by Czeslaw Michniewicz is as strong as it has ever been and with the help of last season’s second top scorer in Europe, and a selection of other world-class options will have the capability of causing some upsets.
Though they aren’t favourites with the bookies, the Eastern European side head into the World Cup after an impressive qualifying campaign where they scored 32 goals and conceded just 11.
Of the 10 games they played, Poland won six and only lost two, while they gained a memorable draw against England when Sebastian Szymanski scored a dramatic 92nd-minute equalizer.
Key Football Players
Traditionally, Poland hasn’t been known for producing the world’s best players, but every now and then a gem pops up and goes on to play with one of the top European clubs.
In this generation, Robert Lewandoski has been that man for Poland, consistently finishing the season as one of the top scorers in Europe.
The 34-year-old Lewandowski scored a frankly ridiculous 50 goals for Bayern Munich last season in all competitions before moving on to Barcelona in the summer and seems only to get better with age.
He is supported by a number of other top-quality players in goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, Aston Villa defender Matty Cash, and Piotr Zielinski of Napoli.
Strong in attack but also known as robust defenders, Poland’s goalkeeper Szczesny will be protected by Jan Bednarek of Aston Villa and Nicola Zalewski of Roma, who will hope to get the ball through the midfield and to their attackers, who if in their game could do some damage.
The Polish are renowned for taking no-nonsense and possessing a resilient attitude, perhaps contributing to a squad of few notable injuries.
Right-back Robert Gumny, who has received four caps in his international career, is a big doubt with a torn abductor muscle sustained in mid-October. Otherwise, the Polish are relatively injury-free.
Coaching & Technical Staff
Czeslaw Michniewicz is the manager of the Poland squad and leads his team into his first World Cup.
He was appointed to the job in early 2022 after a good career in the Polish League where he won the Polish Cup and Polish Super Cup.
He was in charge of the Poland under-23 team from 2017 to 2020, where he led his side to qualification for the Under-23 European Championship for the first time since 1994.
A great season with Legia Warsaw saw Michniewicz win his second Polish championship before he led them to a victory over SK Slavia Prague, earning qualification to the Europa League.
Michniewicz is backed up by his assistant manager Miroslaw Kalita and two conditioning coaches Grzegorz Witt and Karol Bortnik, who has been a significant factor in producing the strong and injury-free squad that Poland has today.
Poland Team Road To Qatar
It was a convincing qualification process for Poland, who scored 30 goals and conceded just 11 in their 10 games.
Poland won six games, lost two, and drew two, with the highlight of the campaign being a 1-1 draw with England.
Finishing second in their group to England, Poland then had to play Sweden in a play-off to see who would progress to the finals in Qatar.
Lewandowski opened the scoring with a penalty in the 50th minute before Zielinski slotted in a second, securing Poland’s second World Cup qualification in as many tournaments.
Poland’s World Cup History
Poland has featured consistently in the World Cup finals over the last two decades, qualifying for 2002, 2006, 2018, and now 2022 tournaments.
Their best finishes at the World Cup came in 1974 and 1982 when they reached the semi-finals. In 1974, they were knocked out by West Germany through a 1-0 loss thanks to a 76th minute Gerd Muller goal but went on to gain consolation for the disappointment when beating Brazil 1-0 in the third place play-off.
The 1982 competition had a similar outcome as Poland was beaten 2-0 by Italy in the semi-finals before going on to beat France 3-2 to finish third.
Since this prominent period, Poland has mostly failed to escape the group stages, the last time being in 1986, and they will hope to make improvements this time round.
Poland has proven to be a team that can take out the big teams on numerous occasions, beating Italy and Argentina in their 1974 campaign.
In the last three competitions they have featured in, though, they have only won once at each.
Poland has a dedicated fanbase who have supported football in the country since its top professional league’s inception in 1927.
Legia Warsaw, Poland’s biggest club, is world-renowned for its loud and imposing fans who have often put on some of the most astonishing displays in European football.
They frequently come in force to matches with drums, flags, scarves, and pyrotechnics, in particular flares and smoke bombs; setting them off in the stands to help create an intimidating atmosphere for the opposition.
Often their main stand is filled with smoke and the gleam of flares before kick-off which, combined with a series of large tifo displays, means Warsaw fans can be some of the most impressive in the world.
Polish national fans have been known to follow in the same vein, creating a combative environment while singing for their teams from the get-go.
A stadium full of Poland fans is not an easy one to get a result from.