Poland visit England on the 15th October for one of two world cup qualifiers to be played by each team this month. England will be looking to secure their place at the top of the table with a win, as Ukraine is highly likely to take the remaining 3 points.

Recent Form

In their last 5 games, England has the better record recording 3 wins and 2 draws. Most recently an inspired win over Montenegro where England featured 3 strikers and a young attacking midfielder, Andros Townsend.

Poland has a slightly worse record, having just lost to Ukraine, with 2 draws and 2 wins in their last 5.

Head to Head

England hold a fantastic record over Poland, only losing once in 18 games. 10 of those have been a win for England. You can expect there to be goals.

Goals Conceded

So far in the group qualifying, England have conceded the lowest amount of goals in their group. Only matched by Ukraine at 4 (1 per 2.25 games). Whereas Poland have conceded 10 goals (1 per 1.111 games).

The real difference is to be found in goals scored, with England hitting the back of the net 29 times compared to Poland’s 18.

Team News

England are currently worrying about the fitness of left-back Ashley Cole. He was substituted off in his club game for Chelsea, suspected damaged ribs. Leighton Baines took the starting spot in the game against Montenegro.

Poland are currently missing right-back Lukasz Piszczek due to surgery, a large blow to the side. Poland are likely to start with Robert Lewandowski who is continuing his fantastic form at club level

Conclusion

England will be the hungrier of the two teams as they look to cement their place at the top of the tables giving them advantage in Rio. This should be a thriller with multiple goals to be seen.  England expects, and I expect and English victory.