Poland Betting Odds FIFA World Cup 2018 Russia

Poland 2018 World Cup Odds

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 Sportsbook 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
Number Player Position Club Caps
1 Wojciech Szezęsny GK Juventus 34
22 Łukasz Fabiański GK Swansea 44
25 Bartosz Białkowski GK Ipswich Town 1
2 Michał Pazdan DEF Legia Warsaw 32
3 Artur Jędrzejczyk DEF Legia Warsaw 35
4 Thiago Cionek DEF SPAL 18
13 Maciej Rybus DEF Lokomotiv Moscow 50
15 Kamil Glik DEF Monaco 58
20 Łukasz Piszczek DEF Borussia Dortmund 62
5 Jan Bednarek DEF Southampton 2
18 Bartosz Bereszyński DEF Sampdoria 7
6 Jacek Góralski MID Ludogorets 4
8 Karol Linetty MID Sampdoria 20
10 Grzegorz Krychowiak MID West Brom 50
11 Kamil Grosicki MID Hull City 57
16 Jakub Błaszczykowski MID VfL Wolfsburg 98
17 Sławomir Peszko MID Lechia Gdańsk 43
19 Piotr Zieliński MID Napoli 32
27 Rafał Kurzawa MID Górnik Zabrze 3
7 Arkadiusz Milik FWD Napoli 39
9 Robert Lewandowski FWD Bayern Munich 94
14 Łukasz Teodorczyk FWD Anderlecht 16
24 Dawid Kownacki FWD Sampdoria 1