Poland v Argentina: Leaders still in danger
Poland v Argentina betting tips, predictions and odds
Poland lead Group C heading into the final round of matches but are still in danger of being eliminated when they face one of the tournament favourites in Argentina.
Argentina’s 2-0 victory over Mexico got their campaign back on track and another win here would see them win the group and leave Poland sweating on the result of the Saudi Arabia v Mexico game.
Wednesday’s match at Stadium 974 kicks off at 7pm and is live on the BBC.
Messi can be main man again
Argentina’s World Cup flame flickered on as moments of class from Lionel Messi and substitute Enzo Fernandez settled a bad-tempered clash against Mexico on Saturday night.
The South Americans suffered a shock 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opening game but brought themselves back into last-16 contention with victory at the Lusail Stadium.
Paris St Germain superstar Messi, at 35 playing in what is his fifth and surely final World Cup, ignited Argentina with a long-range strike 19 minutes into the second half, and Benfica midfielder Fernandez made sure with a sublime curler three minutes from the end of normal time.
“We felt eager to turn the situation around,” said Messi. “Luckily we won and that was a weight off our shoulders, and we have the peace of mind that it is all down to us again.
“I think the first half was difficult due to the situation and our need to win, we couldn’t find spaces, we weren’t moving the ball from side to side, but that was normal given our situation.
“In the second half we started playing our game, and started doing what we stand for. Long possession, finding space between the lines, then the goal changed the game.”
Coral have plenty of other options involving Messi, who is 13/5 to open the scoring for a third successive match while an Argentina win and Messi to have two or more shots on target is 11/8 in the #YourCall market.
Low-scoring game could suit all
A narrow defeat may see them finish second on goal difference so, depending on how the other game is going, both teams may settle for what they have if Argentina take the lead.
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