By Anis Bazza
Last Updated: 19th June 2018
This Senegal side is arguably the strongest in Africa, boasting Premier League players like Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Everton’s Cheikhou Kouyate, West Ham’s Idrissa Gueye and talents such Napoli’s Kalidou Koulibaly and AS Monaco’s Keita Baldé.
Poland have an equally strong squad and hope to have captain Kamil Glik back after it seemed he would miss the tournament with a shoulder injury. Forward Arkadiusz Milik is set to be fit after recovering from a freak hand injury sustained from a slip at a sea life center.
On the eve of this World Cup, Poland’s post office released five million stamps of Robert Lewandowski with his name, face and initials RL9.
Lewandowski was in incredible form in qualifying scoring 16 goals in 10 games and is coming off the back of a 41-goal season with Bayern Munich. Robert Lewandowski is 28/1 to win the Golden Boot.
Senegal will be placing their hopes on Liverpool striker Sadio Mane and the fact Poland have lost six of their last eight games at the World Cup. Mane and Lewandowski to both score was 5/1 but is now 9/1.
Senegal coach Aliou Cisse, formerly of Birmingham and Portsmouth, this week described Mane as one of the best players in world football.
“Mane is unique and cannot be compared to any other Senegal player. He can make the difference,” Cisse said.
“He’s already one of the best – you can’t say he’s not. He plays for one of the most iconic clubs, one of the best in Europe, and he’s top-notch for them.
“He’s absolutely unique because he is so unpredictable, that’s what makes him great.”
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.