Forget the goal scoring abilities of world class striker Robert Lewandowski, the focus for Poland in the buildup to Russia has been solidifying their leaky defence. They qualified with the worst defensive record of any group winner, which doesn’t inspire much confidence even if the memories of a joint-best record in that department at Euro 2016 remain fresh.
Poland’s midfield concerns will likely rear their head again too. The team may have plenty of quality up top but are lacking in the middle of the park. Having a player of Lewandowski’s quality is futile if you can’t create chances for him to put away.
Senegal on the other hand will be in a party mood, with this game marking their return to the World Cup after a 16-year absence. Their recent play has been branded ‘dull’ by pundits which is a far cry from the brand of football winger Sadio Mané is used to playing at club level with Liverpool. But manager Aliou Cissé will be aiming to match Senegal’s last World Cup appearance where they made it to the quarter-finals.
When is the Poland v Senegal World Cup 2018 Group H game being played?