After the end of one of the most thrilling group-stage matches in World Cup history, the knockout games have begun with Netherlands and Argentina already progressing through. So today, the defending champions France would begin their journey in the knockouts by taking on Rober Lewandowski’s Poland in the round of 16 at the Al Thumama Stadium. Les Blues would be looking to create history by becoming the first nation to defend the World Cup trophy since Brazil but getting past the Polish team won’t be that easy.
Now coming into this match, both sides have lost their last match in the group stage and they’ll be looking to forget that and create a new winning momentum. In this encounter, France are the rightful favourite but Poland can take inspiration from Tunisia as they did the unthinkable and defeated the Deschamps team. Also, the Polish side are performing incredibly well in the defence as they have only conceded 2 goals till now with their keeper Szczesny at the heart of it cause he has already saved 2 penalties in this tournament. Hence, if this match goes to penalties, the Polish side has a huge advantage by having a keeper like Szczesny. However, with the quality of France, it is very likely that could kill the game before the end of 90 minutes.
Date and Time France vs Poland
4th December: 8:30 pm IST
Where to watch France vs Poland?
The Indian viewers can watch the match on Voot, Jio Cinema and Sports 18.
Predicted Lineups France vs Poland
France: Lloris; Kounde, Varane, Upamecano, T. Hernandez; Tchouameni, Rabiot; Dembele, Griezmann, Mbappe; Giroud
Poland: Szczesny; Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Lewandowski, Milik
Match Predictions France vs Poland
France 1-0 Poland