In a group where Argentina is the big favourite to finish first, this Mexico vs Poland tie is more than just a first matchday fixture. The result could be pivotal for both teams, who dream of a successful World Cup campaign.
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Mexico vs Poland
Date: 22 November 2022
Time: 16:00 (GMT)
Venue: Stadium 974 (Doha)
Mexico’s World Cup case is a curious one. For the past seven instalments of the tournament, the Mexico national team has managed to get out of the Group Stage. And every single time they have been kicked out from the first knock-out phase. Argentinian coach Gerardo Martino hopes for a better result this time around.
Star man Raul Gimenez comes out of a lengthy injury and he returned to action just last week when he played 45 minutes in a friendly against Sweden. If the 31-year-old striker, who has scored 29 goals for his country, is healthy moving on, he will be a great addition to the team, especially after Jesus Corona was ruled out of the tournament with an ankle injury. But he is not expected to start in this vital Mexico vs Poland match.
Robert Lewandowski and the rest? Not quite. Yes, the Barcelona striker is the best thing that happened to Polish football since Zbigniew Boniek and his legendary moustache, but there is talent surrounding him. That being said, there are problems. Dragowski, Buksa, and Goralski will miss the tournament due to injuries.
The good news is that English-born Matty Cash (who got a Polish passport as his mother is Polish) is ready to go and could feature in the starting XI.
Mexico (4-3-3)Ochoa; Sanchez, Montes, Moreno, Gallardo; Alvarez, Herrera, Guardado; Lozano, Martin, Vega
Poland (3-5-2): Szczesny; Bednarek, Glik, Kiwior; Cash, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Szymanski, Zalewski; Swiderski, Lewandowski
There is not much to separate those two. A draw seems like the best bet.
Mexico vs Poland Pick: Draw @3.20
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