Poland vs Saudi Arabia: World Cup Group C Preview, Round 2, 2022
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Saudi Arabia will be aiming to replicate their shock victory over Argentina with a win against Poland in their second Group C match in Qatar.

The Green Falcons surprised the footballing world by beating Lionel Scalloni's men in the opening group game.

Two goals in four minutes just after half-time brought elation to the Saudi fans, with Saleh Al-Shehri and Salem Al-Dawsari striking to give them the win.

Poland began their World Cup campaign with a goalless draw against Mexico.

Robert Lewandowski missed a crucial penalty and the chance to win the game which would've given him his first World Cup goal.

But Mexican goalkeeper Guillermo Ochoa made a sprawling save to deny him of that moment.

The White and Reds will hope to register their first goal and win at this winter's tournament.

  • Team news

Poland

Derby County midfielder, currently on loan at Birmingham City, Krystian Bielik is a doubt after picking up a minor injury in their opener.

Bielik came on at half time for Czesław Michniewicz's side but is reportedly carrying a knock heading into the Saudi game.

The same is said for Bartosz Bereszynski who picked up a muscle injury in the game against Mexico.

Poland were incredibly direct in that game, with their fans undecided whether they prefer style over substance.

However, if Michniewicz starts to bring results to the table, he could well win over the Polish supporters with his route one philosophy.

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Saudi Arabia

Full-back Yasser Al-Shahrani has undergone successful emergency surgery following the win over Argentina.

The defender collided with goalkeeper Mohammed Al-Owais and suffered a broken jaw after the clash.

Al-Shahrani will miss the rest of the tournament as he recovers.

Mohammed Al-Burayk will most likely step into his position in what could be the only change to Herve Renard's side.

Their defensive performance was hailed in the upset, with the Saudi's rigid 4-5-1 incredibly useful in stifling Argentina's attacking flare.

It is unlikely that Renard will opt to change the formation, but more forward intent might be in order after creating very little in the shock win.

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  • Likely lineups

Poland

(4-2-3-1) Szczesny, Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Krychowiak, Szymanski, Kaminski, Zielinski, Zalewski, Lewandowski.

Saudi Arabia

(4-5-1) Al-Owais, Abdulhamid, Altambakti, Al-Boleahi, Al-Burayk, Al-Buraikan, Al-Faraj, Malki, Kanno, Al-Dawsari, Al-Shehri.

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  • Key players

Robert Lewandowski

Poland's captain, goalscorer and icon.

Lewandowski will undoubtedly be disappointed with the way he missed his penalty in the opening game.

An opportunity missed to bag his first World Cup goal, the Barcelona striker will be spurred on to end that drought and bring the Red and Whites their first win.

He may well be joined by Arkadiusz Milik in the front line to bolster their attacking options and offer more support for the captain.

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Saleh Al-Shehri

The Al-Hilal striker will be encouraged by his promising goalscoring display in the opener.

Al-Shehri linked the play well whilst offering a good outlet for their attacks.

Out of possession, he proved to be a huge asset as he aided Saudi's narrow defensive shape with his high pressing.

The striker will be crucial if they are to repeat their opening match success.

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  • Match details

Where is the game being played?

The game will be played at Education City Stadium, Al Rayyan, Qatar.

What time is kick-off?

Kick-off is set for 13:00 (GMT UK) on Saturday, November 26.

How can I watch it?

In the UK, the game will be broadcast live on ITV, with audio commentary available on both BBC 5Live and talkSPORT.

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