Saudi Arabia needs no introduction after they stunned Argentina 2-1 at Lusail Stadium on Tuesday. They had around half the stats that Argentina had, but looked like they had double the passion to win that fixture.
This is not a team we want to sleep on, seeing as they may have one of the most passionate fanbases of the tournament and this heart and hunger, despite a lack of top-tier talent, could very well carry them out of the group stage.
Saudi Arabia is not projected to win this match in the slightest, but they had an even smaller chance to beat Argentina, and here we are.
This will be a battle regardless. Saudi looked quick enough and Poland looked clumsy enough to give the (+275) Draw value, but ultimately, it won’t be the best play in this game.
Saudi Arabia’s Green Falcons will be hoping to reach new heights when they lock horns with Poland on Saturday at Education City Stadium.
The Green Falcons caused a seismic shock across the footballing world when they beat one of the tournament’s favourites, Argentina, who were led by seven-time Ballon d’Or winner Lionel Messi.
Saudi Arabia were responsible for the first upset of FIFA World Cup 2022 on November 22, when they stunned Argentina in their first match. Even a draw in this match will likely secure a spot in the knockout round for the second time since 1994. Poland, which have been taking part in FIFA world cups since 1938, are considered one of the most formidable teams.
In the encounter against La Albiceleste, the odds were against the Green Falcons, and they will be again when they take on Poland in their second match. Herve Renard’s side have lost nine of their 10 World Cup games against European opponents, including the last eight straight, so history is not on their side. But, almost enjoying home advantage in the Middle East, Saudi Arabia will get into the field to change a lot of things in their history book.
Poland were given the chance to steal all three points against Mexico. However, Robert Lewandowski’s penalty was stopped by an outstanding save by Guillermo Ochoa. They would be able to revive their chances of moving on to the knockout rounds with a victory. In this match, full-backs Nicola Zalewski and Matty Cash are expected to play much more aggressively in an effort to take advantage of Saudi Arabia’s potentially dangerous attacks.
The odds were stacked against Saudi Arabia in that match, as they will be again on matchday two as they tackle Poland.
Saudi Arabia have lost nine of their 10 World Cup matches against European opposition, including each of the past eight in a row.
That dismal run included an 8-0 humiliation at the hands of Germany in 2002, but forward Saleh Al Shehri knows this is a very different team.
“That was a defeat in the past,” said Al Shehri. “I think we, as a country, want to get back and go up to the top as a team.