A piece of Lionel Messi genius, and a fine strike from promising youngster Enzo Fernandez, helped Argentina beat Mexico 2-0 in their last match, reviving hopes of reaching the knockout stages after losing their opener.
But they face a Poland side who are yet to concede a goal in the tournament – and are buoyed by Robert Lewandowski breaking his World Cup duck against Saudi Arabia.
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Anything less than a win for Scaloni’s side would need them relying on Mexico and Saudi Arabia’s result to qualify – and looking at goal difference – while three Polish points would see them safely top the group.
Here’s all you need to know about the match…
Date, kick-off time and venue
Poland vs Argentina is scheduled for a 7pm GMT kick-off today, Wednesday, November 30, 2022.
The game will take place at Stadium 974 in Doha.
Where to watch Poland vs Argentina
TV channel: In the UK, the match will be televised free-to-air and live on BBC One, with coverage beginning at 6.15pm ahead of the 7pm kick off.
Live stream: The BBC iPlayer will broadcast the match live online.
Live blog: You can also follow all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog.
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Poland vs Argentina lineups and team news
Poland XI: Szczesny; Bereszynski, Glik, Kiwior, Cash; Frankowski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski; Swiderski; Lewandowski
Argentina XI: Martinez, Molina, Romero, Otamendi, Acuna, De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Messi, Alvarez, Di Maria
Poland vs Argentina prediction
This is a really tough one to call, given Argentina’s stuttering start to the tournament, and Poland’s own stodginess before eventually beating Saudi Arabia. A draw would suffice for Lewandowski and company, and they might set themselves up to be difficult to beat.
Breaking down rigid banks of four hasn’t been Argentina’s strength at this tournament and they might struggle to do so at Stadium 974. We’re calling a draw and the knockout stage hopes of a nation to be hanging in the balance.
Standard Sport predicts: 1-1
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Poland wins: 3
Argentina wins: 6
The most recent World Cup meeting between these two sides saw Argentina win 2-0 en route to lifting the trophy in the 1978 tournament, which La Albiceleste hosted.
Poland vs Argentina match odds
Poland win: 6/1
Argentina win: 8/15
Odds via Betfair (subject to change).