By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 24th June 2018
Sunday 24th June
Kick-off: 7:00pm BST
Stadium: Kazan, Kazan Arena
Live on ITV
Poland vs Colombia line-ups
Poland – Szczesny; Pazdan, Bednarek, Piszczek; Rybus, Goralski, Zielinski, Krychowiak, Bereszynski; Kownacki, Lewandowski
Colombia – Ospina; Mojica, Mina, D Sanchez, Arias; Barrios, Aguilar; James, Quintero, Cuadrado; Falcao
Both teams have responded drastically to defeats in their World Cup Group H openers, making four changes apiece.
On the Colombia side, the headline maker is the return of James Rodriguez, while Poland’s is more about system than personnel as they switch to three at the back.
Poland vs Colombia odds
Poland are 9/4 favourites to beat Colombia in Kazan whilst a Colombia victory is betting at 5/4. A draw is priced at 9/4.
Colombia striker Falcao said: “We have two more games ahead and that means we still have the opportunity to progress to the next round. That gives us hope and it is in our own hands on the pitch. This team has shown it is mentally strong.”
Poland vs Colombia match stats
Colombia were considered to be the favourites to top this group but a 2nd minute red for Carlos Sanchez – the second fastest sending off in World Cup history – condemned them to a shock defeat against Japan.
This will be the first competitive fixture between Poland and Colombia and only once before have Colombia lost both opening games – against Romania and the USA back in 1994.
Los Cafeteros have won just two of their nine previous World Cup games against European opponents and none of their 19 games have ever ended in a draw.
Poland vs Colombia key players to watch
James Rodriguez was only fit enough to come off the bench in his team’s loss to Japan but could be available to start. The Bayern Munich playmaker has 21 goals and 11 assists in 64 appearances for Colombia and also won the Golden Boot with six goals in the last edition of this tournament.
Poland defender and captain Kamil Glik has returned to full training after a shoulder injury, but remains a doubt for this fixture.
The Poles’ talisman Robert Lewandowski has faced World Cup woes of his own, not being able to transfer his extraordinary success in qualifying into the real thing. Lewandowski scored 16 times in 10 qualifying games to take Poland to Russia, but looked isolated and timid against Senegal.
Adam Nawalka’s side have lost seven of their past nine World Cup matches, failing to score in six of those defeats.
Anis grew up supporting Manchester City but found joy and solace across Europe’s major football leagues. Increasingly passionate about NBA, he is interested in and has written extensively about many different aspects of sport across the years, previously working at Sky Sports News and Sport360 newspaper in Dubai. He studied Sport Journalism at University but spent a large portion of his academic years building City Watch instead - the largest independent Manchester City Twitter account and website.