Mexico and Poland open the 2022 World Cup against each other with a duel at Ras Abu Aboud stadium. Both countries appear, according to the bookmaker, to be fighting in advance for the second spot behind favourite Argentina. So a very important match for both countries right away. Who will take the first step towards a place in the eighth finals? In this preview, we look ahead with a prediction and betting tip for Mexico – Poland. We also discuss the odds and point out the bookmaker favourite.
Mexico World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
Mexico have performed quite shakily in the last few internationals towards the 2022 World Cup. In a practice match in November, Iraq was beaten 4-0. In the month of September, Mexico lost to Paraguay (0-1) and Colombia (2-3). It did, however, win against Peru: 1-0. In the World Cup qualification pool, Mexico finished second behind Canada. Both countries gained 28 points but Canada had a better goal difference.
Mexico’s final selection includes many (former) Eredivisie players. For instance, former PSV players Andrés Guardado and Hirving Lozano, Ajacied Edson Álvarez and PSV midfielder Érick Gutiérrez are part of the selection. Feyenoord player Santiago Giménez has surprisingly not been called up.
Poland World Cup 2022 – Latest Team News and Statistics
Poland will also play one more practice match before they get to face Mexico on 22 November. At the end of September, national coach Czesław Michniewicz’s men finally scored another victory after four games without one. They beat Wales 0-1 in the Nations League. In the end, Poland managed to collect a total of seven points through the home victory over Wales (2-1) and the draw in the away match against the Dutch national team (2-2). Poland will practice against Chile on 16 November.
With Poland, all eyes this World Cup are naturally on Robert Lewandowski. The striker has proved in recent months that he can also score in Spain. For Poland, Lewandowksi has so far scored 76 times in 132 international matches. Other familiar names included in the final selection are former Ajacied Arkadiusz Milik, Feyenoord’s Sebastian Szymański and Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.
Mexico – Poland previous encounters
Mexico and Poland have faced each other four times before to date. The first time both countries met was in 1978. Poland won that match 3-1. It is still Poland’s only win over Mexico. The other three encounters were slightly more recent. In 2005 and 2011, they both ended in a 1-1 draw. The last time the two countries played against each other was five years ago. In November 2017, Mexico won its first ever international with Poland. A goal from Raúl Jiménez made it 0-1.
Mexico – Poland, World Cup 2022 Betting Tip & Odds
The odds for both countries are very close for this duel. A win for Mexico has a odds of 2.85. This does not make the Mexicans the favourite in the bookmaker’s eyes. If you bet on a win for Poland, it will give you 2.80 times your stake. Both countries do not have a very good preparation so we do not dare to pick a winner. However, we do expect both countries to score at least once. This happened in three of the four duels between them. Our betting tip: Both teams score – Yes has a quote of 23/20 at Bet365.
- Tip: Both teams score – Yes
- Quote: 23/20 at bookmaker Bet365
- Risk assessment: medium
- Recommended stake: 5/10