Preview Poland vs Argentina: World Cup Group C, Round 3, 2022
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Argentina will be hoping to secure qualification via first place with a win against Poland, who currently occupy top spot, in the final game of Group C in Doha.

Having ran out 2-0 winners against Mexico in their last match, La Albiceleste somewhat made up for the opening round embarrassment of the loss against Saudi Arabia.

Goals from Lionel Messi and Enzo Fernandez secured the points and kept Argentina well in the hunt for qualification to the knockout stages.

Poland also managed to pick up a win in their second group game, beating Saudi Arabia, with Robert Lewandowski sealing their victory with his first ever World Cup goal.

The Barcelona hitman will be aiming to repeat the feat at Stadium 974 on Wednesday night and knock Argentina out of the tournament.

Group C is arguably the tightest at the tournament, with only Mexico yet to win but still well in with a chance of qualification for the Round of 16.

As a result, Poland can guarantee their qualification with just a win or draw but may find themselves out of the tournament with a loss, should Saudi Arabia beat Mexico.

As for Argentina, to keep Messi's last dance alive past the group stages, they must beat Poland in order to guarantee qualification. They can still get through with a draw, provided Saudi Arabia and Mexico also produces a draw.

Team news

Poland

Manager Czeslaw Michniewicz is expected to keep with the same team off the back of the win over Saudi Arabia, with no fresh injury concerns to deal with.

Argentina

La Albiceleste boss Lionel Scaloni is also expected to have very few selection issues to contend with.

However, Leandro Paredes will be vying for a recall to the starting XI, having sat out against Mexico.

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Likely lineups

Poland XI: Szczesny (GK), Cash, Glik, Kiwior, Bereszynski, Bielik, Krychowiak, Zielinski, Milik, Frankowski, Lewandowski

Argentina XI: Martinez (GK), Montiel, Otamendi, Martinez, Acuna, Di Maria, De Paul, Fernandez, Mac Allister, Martinez, Messi

Ones to watch

Poland: Robert Lewandowski

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Former Bayern Munich and current Barcelona forward Lewandowski is definitely the man to look out for in Poland's ranks.

The 34-year-old provided an assist for Piotr Zielinski's opener against Saudi Arabia last time out, before turning scorer, netting his first ever World Cup goal.

There can be no doubt of the experienced hitman's credentials, but the same cannot be said for Argentina's defence, which is only good news for Lewandowski.

While Spurs defender Christian Romero paid the price for the shambles against Saudi Arabia, La Albiceleste were not put under much concerted pressure against a relatively average Mexico team and, theoretically, should face a tougher test in this one, coming up against one of the most prolific strikers in the world.

Argentina: Enzo Fernandez

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Benfica midfielder Fernandez is yet to start a game in Qatar for Scaloni's men and there is no doubt that his manager will trust him from the start here either.

However, for his impact and quality of finish in his cameo appearance against Mexico last time out, the 21-year-old arguably deserves to start for his country in this crunch match.

Having averaged a match rating of 7.22 for his club in the Portuguese Primeira Liga, and earned a rating of 7.66 in just 33 minutes against Mexico, as per WhoScored, there is certainly a strong case for Fernandez to be given a leading role in Doha.

Match details

Where is the match being played?

Poland vs Argentina is being played at Stadium 974, Doha.

What time is the match kicking off?

The match is kicking off at 7PM (GMT).

Where can I watch the match?

The game is available to watch in the UK via BBC One or on BBC iPlayer.

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