The two biggest favorites to qualify from Group H suffered losses in their first matches, and things are complicated now. Poland will now lock horns with Colombia on Sunday, in a matter of life and death. Both teams were really unlucky in their respective matches, but this is soccer. And they both now have to deal with the danger of elimination, so I expect this to be a strong affair. Both teams will have to fight for a win here, as a draw would be catastrophic for either. World Cup Poland vs Colombia Spread and Prediction.
Date/Time: 6-24-2018, 14:00 EDT
Spread: Poland +0.25
Total: 2.25 Goals
Poland are coming off a really bad result in their first match against Senegal, who probably destroyed their qualifying chances. It was a very ugly first half, with Poland creating just two scoring chances with no shots on target. Neither team looked able to threaten the other, but it was Senegal who took the lead when Cionek scored an own goal at the 37th minute. Poland were greatly improved in the second half, but they were shut down in their attempts. Senegal managed to double their lead at the 60th minute with Niang, leaving Poland helpless. Poland did manage to score a goal at the 86th minute, but they were unable to take anything from that match. Things now get really complicated, as Colombia are in the exact same spot.
On the other hand, Colombia suffered something similar against Japan in the first match, where they fell by 2-1. Their opponents were much more active in the first couple of minutes of that match. That resulted in a tragic move by midfielder Carlos Sanchez, who intentionally hand-balled inside the area in order to avoid a shot on target. He was sent off, and Japan took the lead from the penalty spot at the 6th minute with Kagawa. Despite playing with one less man on the pitch, Colombia managed to pull even at the 39th minute with Quintero. However, Japan took the lead once again at the 73rd minute with Osako, a goal that proved to be the winning goal. Colombia did not have their star players all at once in the pitch, and that was a mistake.
The two teams came into this World Cup as the big favorites to top the group but see how that turned out for them. They will now have to fight in this win-or-go-home match, as anything other than that would be a disaster.
Colombia should better find a more effective lineup in order to salvage what they can from this World Cup. Poland have a problem when key forward Robert Lewandowski is effectively contained. I will take the Over 2.25 Goals in this match, but also keep in mind for overturns in the lead. For those who are willing to risk a little bit more, Half-Time/Full-Time Colombia/Poland (+3476) and Poland/Colombia (+2730) are surely something to chase here.
World Cup Poland vs Colombia Prediction: Over 2.25 Goals (-107)
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