EPIDEMIC. Quite disturbing information comes from the Polish camp when it comes to health situations. The coach Jerzy Brzęczek said before the game the following words: We have a small epidemic in the team, seven, eight players have a cold, complain of a sore throat. This is certainly a little worrying news, but even so our team remains a decisive favorite in the match against Latvia, who did not win the previous fifteen away games, at that time suffered as many as ten defeats.
- Poland – referring to the statement of our coach included in the introduction, it should be added: Jan Bednarek and Bartek Bereszyński will not take part in Saturday’s training. Krzysztof Piątek, although he is also sick and complains of a sore throat, will come out on the turf. I also say, because there are seven or eight competitors caught, including Wojtek Szczęsny or Mateusz Klich. Therefore, how we play depends largely on which players I will be able to use. The medical staff is working hard. We hope everyone will be able to play on Sunday, and Krzysiek Piątek will be ready for the show from the first minute. However, despite this, we are a definite favorite, as Jerzy Brzęczek mentions: We are aware that we are playing at our own stadium that we are the favorite of the meeting. We want to use our potential to play an effective ball. The most important are three points. It will also be a very good breakdown for Robert Lewandowski, who scored 16 goals in the last two qualifying campaigns, but did not score in the last eight appearances in national colors.
- Latvia – defeat Macedonia (1: 3) for the inauguration of Slavisa Stojanovic’s work is a big blow, as he himself said: We were simply disastrous in the first half. We can not let this happen anymore. The striker Robert Uldrikis came much closer to this performance: We can not play as wolves, if we think like chihuahua dogs. The trainer told us after the match and he was right. This whole theme fits more to the puppet theater. For many players of the Latvian national team, the meeting with Poland will be special, because many of them play in our country or played, for example: Pavels Steinbors, Igors Tarasovs, Vladislavs Gutkovskis, Valerijs Sabala or Deniss Rakels.
Forecast: Latvia can not win nine consecutive meetings, taking 4 defeats and 5 draws in that time. Generally, this team won only once in fifteen previous matches. In connection with the above, it is difficult to imagine that our team, playing in front of their own audience, lost points with such an average rival. Despite our health problems, the potential of our representation is a few higher classes and I expect a certain triumph of Jerzy Brzęczka’s team in this confrontation. Proposed types for this meeting: 1. half / 2. half – 1/1 (exchange rate 1.7) / handicap 0: 2 – victory Poland (odds 1.76).