Poland - Moldova predictions and free betting tips [15/10/2023]
On Sunday, 15 October, as part of the Euro 2024 qualifying tournament, the Poland national team will face off against the Moldova national team. On Thursday evening, the "Eagles" prevailed over the Faroe Islands with a 2:0 victory, climbing to second place in the tournament table, with only one point ahead of their upcoming opponent.
Poland: Szczesny; Kedziora, Kiwior, Peda; Cash, D. Szymanski, Slisz, Frankowski; S. Szymanski, Zielinski; Buksa.
Moldova: Railean; Revenco, Posman, Craciun, Marandici, Reabciuk; Platica, Baboglo, Moypan; Rata; Nicolaescu.
The match will take place in Warsaw at the PGE Narodowy Stadium.
Poland is in a tricky tournament situation. On Thursday evening, the red and whites were playing for victory against the Faroe Islands, securing an unconvincing victory 2:0. Sebastian Śliż needed only four minutes to strike at the back of the net, and a red card for Hordur Askham in the 49th minute preceded Adam Buksa's penalty goal. Before the October gathering, the team lost their best offensive asset, Robert Lewandowski, due to an injury from the Champions League match with "Porto".
After the failure in Tirana, the Polish Football Association quickly changed the head coach: Michał Probierz, formerly working with the U21 team, replaced Fernando Santos. Poland made a modest performance at the World Cup in Qatar, where they were knocked out by the French team, led by Mbappe, but their failure to qualify for the Euros in Germany would be a huge surprise. Note that the home team has won all three of their home matches in 2023 with three clean sheets.
Moldova has been a real surprise in this qualifying tournament, ahead of Poland before the last round on Thursday evening. On the same day the Moldovans lost to Sweden in a friendly match (1:3) due to goals by Jesper Karlsson, who scored twice from Gustav Lagberke's assists. Ion Nicolaescu reduced Moldova's deficit before half-time, but Karlsson's second goal in the 75th minute left no doubt about the outcome of the contest.
During the September gathering, the 159th ranked FIFA nation gained 3 points on the Faroe Islands (0:1) after a draw in a friendly match with Austria (1:1). As a result, the Tricolors, with eight points in five rounds, are in fourth place in this group - level with the Czechs and only one point behind Poland. It's clear that the names in the Moldovan list are not the most well-known in world football.
Moldova sensationally beat the "Eagles" 3:2 at home in June, staging a comeback from 0:2.
Prediction for the Poland – Moldova match
Of course, Poland appears to be the favourite in the home match with the class-lacking Moldova. It's clear that the guests have already exceeded themselves during the current campaign and have slightly overdone the points. The teams have completely different star-studded line-ups, yet the current form of the white-reds raises questions. The change of head coach also didn't particularly invigorate the players, so we bet on the handicap of guests 2.
The Moldovans defend reliably as a team and have only conceded 5 goals in 5 qualifying matches. The Poles without Lewandowski may struggle to score many goals, so I bet on the home team's individual total under 2.5.
This is where the Poles will definitely outdo the opponent in the upcoming match, in the number of corner kicks. I bet on the favourite's victory for corners -1.5.
Yellow Card Prediction
The Moldovans got a whole 4 yellow cards to the Polish's 0 in the first round, so we strongly bet on the Tricolors' victory for warnings.
I'll go for an exact score of 1:0 in favour of the Polish national team.