England enters the toughest assignment yet in their World Cup Qualifiers Group 1 when they welcome Poland this week. The match schedules for Tuesday at Wembley Stadium on matchday three with kickoff at 10:45 pm.
Both teams come off comfortable victories during the weekend, with the Three Lions easing past Albania 2-0 while Poland eased past Andorra on a 3-0 win.
Harry Kane continued his stellar Premier League form to the international scene while netting a ripple and assisting. The side kept the momentum going while recording a 5-0 win over San Marino.
Gareth Southgate is the only team in their group to take six points from a possible six. The side also notched up 11 goals and conceded a total of zero in their last three games across all competitions.
However, their defensive resolve will remain tested to the limit against Poland – even in Robert Lewandowski’s absence. Moreover, England came up with trumps in 12 of their last 13 fixtures on home soil, scoring 44 goals and shipping only six in that impressive run.
Lewandowski recently entered the level of nine players at the top of the goalscoring charts, as the 32-year-old well-taken brace helped Poland on their way to a comfortable win over Andorra and their first points in Group 1. The prolific striker remains ruled out with a knee problem.
England vs. Poland Head to Head
Both sides have four games against each other, with England with three wins while Poland without a win. Here is a look at their previous encounters:
Albania 0-2 England
England 5-0 San Marino
England 4-0 Iceland
Belgium 2-0 England
England 3-0 Ireland
Poland 3-0 Andorra
Hungary 3-3 Poland
Poland 1-2 Netherlands
Italy 2-0 Poland
Poland 2-0 Ukraine
England Team News
England right-back Kyle Walker shook off an injury to start against Albania, but Bukayo Saka and Marcus Rashford remain ruled out of this game. Nick Pope is confirmed to start between the sticks. Luke Shaw continued his impressive form and will keep Ben Chilwell out of the team here. James Ward-Prowse and Jesse Lingard are pushing for recalls to the starting lineup.
Poland Team News
There is a major injury blow for the away side with the injury of Lewandowski turning into damaged ligaments. Therefore, we expect Arkadiusz Milik and Krzysztof Piatek will therefore form a strike partnership up top.
Prediction and Odds
The absence of Lewandowski is a major blow for Poland, especially with Harry Kane is firing on all cylinders.
Both Teams to Win
First to Score: England