Spain vs Poland: predicted starting line-up
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Following a 1-0 defeat to Slovakia, Poland will look to bounce back when they face Spain at the La Cartuja Stadium in Seville on Saturday.

Bialo-czerwoni were undone by an own goal from goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny and the sending off of midfielder Gregorz Krychowiak, enabling Slovakia to score the match-winner seven minutes after the dismissal. 

Coach Pedro Sousa could change formation from a 4-3-3 that he employed against Slovakia to a 3-4-2-1 in an effort to produce better service from the midfield to striker Robert Lewandowski.


Despite the blunder against Slovakia, Szczesny is expected to keep his spot in net. He'll likely start the remainder of Poland's games in the competition ahead of Lukasz Fabianski and Lukasz Skorupski.

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Bartosz Bereszynski will once again feature at right-back after playing all 90 minutes against Slovakia. The Bologna defender completed 89 percent of his passes and looks for another strong performance.

Jan Bednarek will once again take his place at the left-back positon. The Southampton defender had a good all-around game last time out, twice recovering balls in his own half, blocking a shot and also clearing a couple of Slovakia chances. 

Kamil Glik will start at center-back and will need to duplicate the eight recoveries of the ball he had against Slovakia with Spain figuring to put the Polish defense under pressure.


This is where Sousa is likely to shuffle things around the most. Kamil Jozwiak will return to his more natural winger position after being deployed as a forward against Slovakia. Maciej Rybus will move up from defense to play out wide despite normally being used as a left back. 

Karol Linetty scored Poland's only goal in the loss to Slovakia and he will be joined by Jakub Moder in the heart of midfield. The Brighton & Hove Albion man came on as a substitute, but is likely to start here.

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Mateusz Klich had a standout season with Leeds United and will again start, playing slightly more upfield with Piotr Zielinski playing alongside as the two look to facilitate the service needed for striker Robert Lewandowski.


Lewandowski will be the lone striker in the new formation and will be hoping for the service needed to make his mark against Spain. Part of Sousa's thinking into switching formations is to provide more creativity from the midfield to get the Bayern Munich number nine into positions where he can score.

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Predicted starting lineup

Szczęsny; Bereszyński, Glik, Bednarek; Jóźwiak, Moder, Linetty, Rybus; Klich, Zieliński; Lewandowski