The final phase of group I of the World Cup qualifiers will take place on Monday evening. Poland’s fate will hang in the balance, as they will likely need a positive result against Hungary to seal their place for the second round.
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Poland closed the group stage with a home game against Hungary as they try to secure the move to the second round. A top spot seems unlikely as England conclude their season in Group I with matches against Albania and San Marino. However, it is likely that the latter was their goal from the start.
Poland have scored the most goals in Group I and have the third best defensive record. The 1-1 draw against England in the September international break kept their meager hopes for an automatic spot alive, but they are very slim. Poland have won their last two group games, with a 1-0 away win against Albania arguably the most important. Karol Swiderski scored the winning goal in that away match with 13 minutes remaining.
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Depending on Friday’s results, Hungary may still have a chance to finish second in the group. However, they were unable to show the same form as when they caused problems for France, Portugal and Germany at the EURO.
They have only won three times in their eight games and have lost three times. The defeats against Albania and England proved very costly in their goal of reaching the finals of the World Cup. This will be a final test for them on Monday evening and they hope for at least one positive result to be exploited in view of next year’s international matches.
Poland vs Hungary head to head
Poland have only won eight of the 34 games played against Hungary. However, they are undefeated in two and have only lost once against their rivals in the last ten fights. The last meeting between the two teams in March ended with a fun 3-3.
Prediction Poland vs Hungary
Hungary were disappointing in the World Cup qualifying campaign and we struggle to see them finish positively. Poland should get the victory they need to reach the playoff round.
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