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In the wake of a successful journey to the Faroe Islands, Poland return to their home turf at the Stadion Narodowy to take on Moldova in a crucial Euro 2024 qualifying Group E encounter. The Eagles, having dispatched the basement team 2-0, now find themselves in the coveted second automatic qualifying spot, a position they aim to secure even more firmly when they face their Moldovan counterparts.
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The Fernando Santos era for Poland was short-lived, and now it’s best left to history books. The ex-Portugal head coach has been swiftly replaced by Michal Probierz, a former Poland youth international himself, who was handed a kind fixture to open his tenure – a trip to the 131st-ranked Faroe Islands team. The outcome was a comfortable victory, with Sebastian Szymanski drawing first blood in just four minutes. Despite failing to add to their advantage against the minnows in the first half, a red card for Hordur Askham in the 49th minute opened the door for Adam Buksa to seal the deal.
Poland’s journey in Group E has been marked by a win-loss pattern, and they capitalized on the Czech Republic’s 3-0 loss to Albania to rise to second in the group, albeit with just a one-point lead and an additional game played. With a clash against the Czech Republic coming up next month, Poland’s qualification fate remains in their hands. Their form at home is solid, having won all three of their home fixtures in 2023 with three clean sheets to boot.
While the rest of the Group E hopefuls were battling in competitive action, Moldova faced Sweden in a friendly at the Friends Arena. The match didn’t end well for Moldova, with six of their players receiving yellow cards and one, Artur Craciun, being sent off. Moldova suffered a 3-1 loss, largely due to the performance of Jesper Karlsson, who netted twice and set up Gustaf Lagerbielke. Ion Nicolaescu managed to reduce the arrears for Moldova, but Karlsson’s second goal in the 75th minute sealed the victory for Sweden.
Moldova are yet to earn their Euros baptism, but their performance has been respectable. With eight points from five games, they are currently fourth in the group, level with the Czechs and just one point behind Poland. Should results go their way, Moldova could end the October break in second place, although they would need the Faroe Islands to take at least a point off the Czech Republic for this to happen. Moldova do have a history of surprising Poland, as they came back from two goals down to triumph 3-2 in June for their first-ever win over the Eagles.
Poland Euro Champ Qualifying form: L – W – L – W – L – W
Poland form (all competitions): W – W – L – W – L – W
Moldova Euro Champ Qualifying form: D – D – L – W – W
Moldova form (all competitions): D – L – W – D – W – L
Poland have had to bid adieu to their all-time top goalscorer, Robert Lewandowski, due to an ankle sprain. Nicola Zalewski, Kamil Grabara, and Tymoteusz Puchacz are also sidelined due to injury, although their absence may not prove insurmountable. Probierz has emerged from his maiden match with no new fitness concerns, and Adam Buksa’s performance in the previous game may challenge Arkadiusz Milik’s spot in the starting lineup.
For Moldova, centre-back Artur Craciun, despite his red card in the friendly loss to Sweden, is fit to play. Heerenveen frontman Ion Nicolaescu, who scored his 13th goal for the Tricolours, will also aim to replicate his brace from June’s historic win over Poland.
Poland possible starting lineup: Szczesny; Kedziora, Kiwior, Peda; Cash, D. Szymanski, Slisz, Frankowski; S. Szymanski, Zielinski; Buksa
Moldova possible starting lineup: Railean; Revenco, Posman, Craciun, Marandici, Reabciuk; Platica, Baboglo, Moypan; Rata; Nicolaescu
Our Prediction: Poland 2-0 Moldova
Poland, buoyed by their new manager and motivated to avenge their previous loss to Moldova, are well-positioned to break their win-loss streak in Group E. While Moldova’s unexpected feats in the section so far command respect, their morale has taken a hit in Sweden, making a repeat of their historic win over Poland in Warsaw a challenging feat.