Two of the world’s top scorers will be on the pitch this Friday, November 10. Poland and Uruguay will face each other in friendly preparations for the 2018 World Cup in Russia as of 5:45 p.m. (GMT). The clash will be held at the PGE Narodowy stadium in Warsaw.
Poland’s recent performance
The great name of the Poles is Robert Lewandowski. The Bayern Munich striker scored 11 goals in 11 matches in the 2017/2018 German Championship. Despite this, at least in the game against the Uruguayans, he will be in the background. Veteran Artur Boruc, one of the Polish football legends, will make his farewell to the national team.
The 37-year-old goalkeeper has been called up since 2004 and has decided to retire even before the World Cup saying he wants to focus on the end of his career in the Premier League games of Bournemouth. In fact, there was no more space on the team. Fabianski and Szczensny vie for the starting position. Even so, you must win the opportunity to play in at least one of two matchday matches. The second will be on the 13th against Mexico in Gdansk.
The Poles won eight of their last ten matches and secured their first place in Group E with 25 points (eight wins, one draw and one defeat). They scored 28 goals and suffered 14.
The players summoned for the clashes were:
Goalkeepers: Artur Boruc (AFC Bournemouth), Łukasz Fabiański (Swansea City AFC), Łukasz Skorupski (AS Roma), Wojciech Szczęsny (Juventus FC);
Defenders: Bartosz Bereszyński (UC Sampdoria), Thiago Cionek (US Palermo), Kamil Glik (AS Monaco FC), Jarosław Jach (Zagłębie Lubin), Artur Jędrzejczyk (Legia Warsaw), Tomasz Kędziora (Dynamo Kyiv), Michał Pazdan );
Socks: Jakub Błaszczykowski (VfL Wolfsburg), Przemysław Frankowski (Jagiellonia Białystok), Jacek Góralski (Łudogorec Razgrad), Kamil Grosicki (Hull City AFC), Damian Kądzior (Górnik Zabrze), Grzegorz Krychowiak (West Bromwich Albion FC), Rafał Kurzawa Górnik Zabrze), Karol Linetty (UC Sampdoria), Maciej Makuszewski (Lech Poznań), Krzysztof Mączyński (Legia Warsaw), Maciej Rybus (Lokomotiv Moscow), Rafał Wolski (Lechia Gdańsk), Paweł Wszołek (SSC Napoli)
Attackers: Robert Lewandowski (FC Bayern Munich), Mariusz Stępiński (AC Chievo Verona), Jakub Świerczok (Zagłębie Lubin), Kamil Wilczek (Brøndbyernes IF)
The current form of Uruguay
In the Uruguayan side, the offensive power will be centered on Paris Saint-Germain’s Edinson Cavani, who performs even better than Lewandowski at the start of the season. In 11 duels of the French Championship, he shook the net 13 times.
In the selection, usually in the company of another powerful striker. However, this time, coach Oscar Tabarez did not call the gunner Luis Suárez. It was not a technical but a medical decision. The athlete has faced a series of physical problems and even risked worsening his injury when he returned his return to the pitch ahead of time to help Uruguay qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
The sacrifice presented the bill, which was paid by Barcelona. Suarez makes the worst start to the season since joining the Spanish team. In eight matches played in the Spanish Championship, he scored only three goals.
The doctors of the Uruguayan team answered the requests of the colleagues of the Barça and agreed to give the athlete a break so that he can recover of the injury in the knee. So he will be out not only of this friendly against Poland but also of the match against Austria that was scheduled for November 14.
The presence of Suarez was considered fundamental for Uruguay, who after spending a good amount of time leading the South American qualifiers and losing in the standings, to get the necessary points in the final days to reach the classification for the 2018 World Cup. The Uruguayans are second in the tournament with 31 points (nine wins, four draws and five losses).
The players named by coach Oscar Tabarez were: Martin Silva, Martin Campaña, Diego Godin, Sebastián Coates, José Maria Gimenez, Maximiliano Pereira, Gastón Silva, Martin Caceres, Guillermo Varella, Matias Vecino, Federico Valverde, Rodrigo Betancur, Álvaro González, Carlos Sanchez, Cristian Rodriguez, Nahitan Nandez, Giorgian de Arrascaeta, Jonathan Urretaviscaya, Nicolas Lodeiro, Gastón Pereiro, Cristhian Stuani, Maximiliano Gómez and Edinson Cavani
History of the clashes between Poland and Uruguay
It was only three meetings between the selections throughout history, always in friendly. Each side won once and there was an equality.
There is a significant difference between the performance of Uruguayan athletes in official matches and in friendly games. Although this is common to practically all teams, in the case of Uruguay, which has race as a fundamental component in the disputes, ends up having a greater effect. Therefore, the guess in Poland appears as more suitable for the confrontation. It has a price of 2.40 in Bet365. Draw returns 3.25 and Uruguayan success yields 2.90 for 1.