Both Poland and Uruguay booked their ticket to Russia last month. They could both perhaps be put in the category of dangerous outsiders when it comes to the finals. They both have genuine world class strikers but are perhaps a bit light in other areas to compete for the biggest prize.
With the firepower on display, we should see goals at both ends here. Robert Lewandowski was simply sensational for Poland during qualifying. He hit 16 goals in 10 matches to fire the Poles to top spot in Group E. That equated to 57% of his teams’ goals. The Bayern man now has 51 international goals and backing Lewandowski to score anytime looks good here, given he also has 11 goals in 11 games in the Bundesliga this term.
Poland have looked vulnerable at the back this season though, so there’s hope for Uruguay’s forwards. The Poles conceded 4 times in Denmark in September and have only kept 1 clean sheet in their last 7 internationals.
Although Luis Suarez is unavailable here, which isn’t a disaster at the moment with the Barca man in poor form, Edinson Cavani will almost certainly play for Uruguay. Fellow strikers Cristhian Stuani and Maxi Gomez have also been in great form in La Liga this season for their clubs. Therefore Uruguay have plenty of potential attacking threats but defensively they’ve lost their way a bit.
The South Americans have conceded twice or more in 6 of their last 9 internationals and even a very limited Bolivian side caused a stir by scoring twice in Montevideo in their crunch final qualifier, Uruguay’s most recent international.
Therefore, on the surface these sides have plenty in common and backing Both Teams to Score looks like the smart bet.