Poland will play host to Iceland at Stadion Miejski in Poznańon Tuesday, June 8, in their final warm-up match before they kick off their EURO 2020 campaign. Knowing that they need to keep their players fresh and injury-free, Poland’s motivation to win this match is questionable. In contrast, Iceland don’t really have a big reason to defeat the Eagles, granted their chances to do so are slim to none, to begin with.
Poland vs Iceland
When: Tuesday, June 8 – 18:00 CEST
Where: Stadion Miejski in Poznań, Poland
Weather: Sunny, 26°C
Referee: Berke Balázs (HUN)
Poland will start their Euro 2020 campaign on Monday, June 14, when they take on Slovakia in St. Petersburg, Russia. In preparation for their EURO 2020 campaign, the Poles will face off against Iceland in a friendly game this Tuesday evening.
Iceland, on the other hand, have no international games to play until September. The Vikings failed to qualify for the Euros, so their next matchups are going to be those in the World Cup qualifiers in late summer.
Poland Warming Up for EURO
Poles drew with Russia 1-1 a few days ago in another friendly game. This time, they’re taking on Iceland in their last test before clashing with Slovakia at the EURO 2020.
Against Russia, Poland boss Paulo Sousa decided to give some less experienced players a chance. He’ll probably want to give his key men a proper rehearsal for the European campaign this time out.
Poland’s best player Robert Lewandowski sat out the game with Russia. However, this time, he’s likely to feature. Still, he probably isn’t going to put too much effort into this match, the reason being that he needs to be careful not to get injured. Pretty much the same goes for all of Poland’s starting XI.
As a result, we shouldn’t expect the Eagles to score too many goals against Iceland. Sure, they’re favored to win, but they likely won’t go above and beyond to do so. Another reason for that is that Iceland don’t look capable of causing too much damage.
Iceland Won’t Care Too Much
Poland vs Iceland is a friendly game, so neither team should be too fired up. Still, Poland will probably have to focus more on what’s happening on the pitch as the game is basically a warm-up for the Euros. Iceland, on the other hand, can relax and enjoy themselves.
The Vikings haven’t been playing too well over the last year or so. In 2020, they lost seven straight games in the UEFA Nations League and World Cup Qualification. They also failed to book a ticket for EURO 2020, meaning that they won’t be too active this summer.
And it seems like they’re looking forward to summer break, as evident from their previous two friendlies, in both of which Iceland seemed pretty anaemic. In late May, Iceland lost 1-2 to Mexico; a few days later, they beat Faroe Islands 1-0.
Poland vs Iceland Betting Picks
Poland kept a clean sheet in five of their past six home games. No surprise there, as this team has fantastic defenders.
Sure, their biggest star is Lewandowski, but Poland also boast amazing centre-backs in Jan Bednarek and Kamil Glik. On top of that, they also have a fantastic goalie. Actually, two of them – Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski.
It’s safe to assume Iceland aren’t going to be able to find the net, at least not too many times. At the same time, Poland have no reason to give their 100%.
Prediction: Under 2.5 Goals – 2.00 at Bet365
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