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Poland 2018 World Cup Odds

Poland Betting Odds FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia

After failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in 2010 and 2014, Poland’s national team is back in the tournament this year in Russia. Poland failed to advance out of the group stage in its last two appearances in the World Cup, in 2002 and 2006, picking up one win and two losses in each of those tournaments. The national team’s best all-time showings in the World Cup came in 1974 and 1982 when Poland finished in third place.

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Poland’s Odds to Win World Cup: +6600

The 2018 Polish national team is going off at +6600 to win the World Cup this year. Of the 32 teams heading into the group stage, those odds place Poland as the 13th most likely team to win soccer’s most prestigious tournament on the World Cup betting futures board. Poland is one of only 15 football teams going off at better than 100-to-1 to win the event but is still far behind co-favorites Germany and Brazil, who are each going off at +450.

Poland’s Odds to Win Group H: +175

One reason Portugal is less of a long shot than many of the other teams on the board is its favorable draw into Group H. Colombia is going off as the favorite to win the group at +120 but is far from a dominant favorite as the national team is No. 16 in the FIFA World Ranking. Poland is the highest-ranked team in the group and would pay +175 to win the group. Senegal (+500 to win Group H) and Japan (+700) round out the group and aren’t considered very legitimate threats.

Bettors can also bet on Poland to advance out of Group H in first or second place at odds of -165. Bets against Poland to advance out of Group H and to continue their recent group play woes would pay +125.

Poland’s Best World Cup Bets

Poland is going off as a +120 favorite in its first game in Group H play against Senegal (+250 to win, +220 to draw), a +175 underdog against Colombia (+150 to win, +200 to draw) and a -120 favorite in its final group stage game facing Japan (+310 to win, +225 to draw).

Betting on Poland to win its opening game against Senegal could be an alternative for bettors looking for better odds than the -165 Poland is going off at to advance out of Group H. While Poland could still advance with a draw in this match, many of the scenarios in which Poland enjoys a successful group stage would start off with a win over Senegal.

The Polish national team may be able to survive its subpar group, but advancing in the knockout stage for the first time since 1982 will be a tall order in this loaded field in Russia. Betting on Poland to be eliminated in the Round of 16 pays +165. Those more bullish on Poland’s chances also have the option of betting on the team to be eliminated in the quarterfinal at +450, the semifinal at +1600 or as the tournament runner-up at +3300.

Poland’s Player to Watch: Robert Lewandowski

The level of success Poland will enjoy in this year’s World Cup rests heavily on the play of the team’s captain and leading goal scorer, Robert Lewandowski. The 29-year-old striker leads all of his teammates in caps for the national team with 93 and international goals scored with 52. No other player on the team has more than 12 goals for Poland.

Lewandowski has emerged as one of the premier goal scorers in the world in recent years with 89 goals in his last 94 games with his club team, Bayern Munich. The captain is going off at +2500 to finish the World Cup as the tournament’s leading goal scorer and +5000 to win the Golden Ball, awarded to the tournament’s MVP.

Poland’s Road to Russia

Poland looked quite impressive in earning its spot into the 2018 World Cup, dominating UEFA Group E with an 8-1-1 record through the qualifying round. Lewandowski was sensational throughout Poland’s qualifying matches, scoring 16 goals in 10 caps to double up the next highest scorer in the group in Denmark’s Christian Eriksen, who had eight.

The national team took advantage of its impressive home-crowd advantage in Warsaw, winning all five of its home games in UEFA group play. Poland went 3-1-1 on the road, suffering blemishes in a 4-0 loss to Denmark and a 2-2 draw against Kazakhstan, the worst team in the group. Despite the slip-ups, Poland finished five points ahead of Denmark on the table and had the most goals in the group with 28 and the best goal differential at +14.

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Poland's 2018 World Cup Squad
NumberPlayerPositionClubCaps
1Wojciech SzezęsnyGKJuventus34
22Łukasz FabiańskiGKSwansea44
25Bartosz BiałkowskiGKIpswich Town1
2Michał PazdanDEFLegia Warsaw32
3Artur JędrzejczykDEFLegia Warsaw35
4Thiago CionekDEFSPAL18
13Maciej RybusDEFLokomotiv Moscow50
15Kamil GlikDEFMonaco58
20Łukasz PiszczekDEFBorussia Dortmund62
5Jan BednarekDEFSouthampton2
18Bartosz BereszyńskiDEFSampdoria7
6Jacek GóralskiMIDLudogorets4
8Karol LinettyMIDSampdoria20
10Grzegorz KrychowiakMIDWest Brom50
11Kamil GrosickiMIDHull City57
16Jakub BłaszczykowskiMIDVfL Wolfsburg98
17Sławomir PeszkoMIDLechia Gdańsk43
19Piotr ZielińskiMIDNapoli32
27Rafał KurzawaMIDGórnik Zabrze3
7Arkadiusz MilikFWDNapoli39
9Robert LewandowskiFWDBayern Munich94
14Łukasz TeodorczykFWDAnderlecht16
24Dawid KownackiFWDSampdoria1

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