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Poland vs Czech Republic Predictions

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  • Stadion Energa Gdańsk
    Czech Republic

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      Tip Reasoning

      Poland have delivered a couple of pleasing performances since their tame showing in Russia at the weekend, though they’ve now lost two on the bounce. Facing Portugal and Italy was never going to be easy but manager Jerzy Brzęczek will be hoping to see an improved performance from his side when they welcome Czech Republic to Gdańsk on Thursday evening.

      The hosts do come into this fixture off the back of two defeats, though they were only beaten by a single goal on both occasions, while neither of their performances were particularly discouraging. Against an Italy side that looked more than useful last time out, Brzęczek were admittedly a bit tame in the final third, but they competed well and kept themselves in the game right until the end, while they showed more offensive quality when battling hard against the Portuguese.

      The worrying thing about Poland’s performances in the last few months has been the fact that they’re struggling to get going in the final third. They kept themselves in the game against Italy, but offered very little offensively, while they were fortunate to score twice against Portugal. Since September, the Polish are averaging just 0.86 expected goals for per match, which is far less than they’re giving up at the other end (1.63).

      Similarly, Czech Republic have also been struggling to leave their mark in the final third. That said, they’ve not been quite as lacklustre as the Polish. Since September, the Czech’s are averaging 1.17 expected goals for, though it is what they’ve done at the other end of the pitch that has caught the eye most, and not for the right reasons.

      In their last four matches, Thursday’s hosts have conceded a whopping nine goals, while they’re giving up an average of 1.99 expected goals during that time. At times, they’ve made headway offensively, though their efforts have tended to be for nothing, thanks to what is clearly a very dodgy rear-guard.

      Of the two, it is the visitors who’ve offered a bit more offensively in recent times, though Poland have just about done enough to suggest that they can hurt a visiting back-line that is weak. Keeping this in mind, even though neither side look to be overly menacing in the final third, ‘Both Teams to Score’ stands out. With Poland conceding an average of 1.63 expected goals in recent times and with the Czech’s surrendering 1.99, both attacks are backed to profit in Gdańsk on Thursday evening.

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