Saudi Arabia Buzzing After Best-Ever Win
Inexplicably, and as +1900 underdogs, Saudi Arabia defeated South American giants Argentina 2-1 in their first World Cup match. It’s ostensibly the greatest win in Saudi Arabia’s soccer history and they ended Argentina’s 36-game unbeaten streak. The Green Falcons will attempt to make just their second-ever knockout stage when they take on Poland on Saturday. Poland played to a frustrating scoreless draw vs. Mexico on Tuesday and should be up for this one. Let’s take a look at the Poland vs Saudi Arabia odds and preview the match.
Poland vs. Saudi Arabia
Date, time (TV):
Location: Education City Stadium, Ar-Rayyan, Qatar
Streaming: FS1, Telemundo, Peacock
Team Stats and Odds:
|Team||FIFA World Ranking||World Cup Qualifying Record||Knockout Stage Odds||Odds to Win Group||Odds to Win World Cup|
|Poland||26||7-2-2, UEFA Group I||+110||+330||+17500|
|Saudi Arabia||51||7-2-1, AFC Group B||-120||+250||+75000|
|Mar. 2006:||Saudi Arabia 1-2 Poland|
|Dec. 1994:||Saudi Arabia 1-2 Poland|
|Dec. 1994:||Saudi Arabia 0-2 Poland|
|Apr. 1994:||Poland 1-0 Saudi Arabia|
Poland and Saudi Arabia have met on four previous occasions and each match has ended in a Poland victory. They’ve never met in a competitive match and this fixture hasn’t been played since 2006. So, this is the first time to bet on the World Cup betting tips in a match between these two sides.
Poland: Miss a Golden Opportunity
Standings: 0-1-0 (T-2nd, Group C)
Previous Match: D, 0-0 vs. Mexico
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. Argentina
Poland’s poor record in the opening match of World Cups continued. They failed to win their opener for the sixth straight World Cup as they drew 0-0 with Mexico. Mexico had the better chances in the match but Poland won a second-half penalty. Robert Lewandowski’s World Cup woes continued as his low strike was saved by Mexico keeper Guillermo Ochoa. Lewandowski is still without a career World Cup goal and Poland could only settle for a draw.
The White and Red likely need a win vs. Saudi Arabia to advance to the knockout stage, with a match vs. Argentina looming. It’s concerning how few good chances Poland were able to create vs. Mexico and creativity has been a long time problem for Poland. They also lack players who can consistently beat defenders in 1v1 situations and run in behind.
Still, Poland can take solace in the fact that their defense and goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny kept Mexico out of their net. The Poland vs Saudi Arabia odds also price Poland as the favorites. They can’t afford to take Saudi Arabia lightly, though, as Argentina found out on Tuesday. Plus, it’s highly concerning that Poland have been shutout in three of their last five matches.
Saudi Arabia: Pull off an All-Time Upset
Standings: 1-0 (1st, Group C)
Previous Match: W, 2-1 vs. Argentina
Upcoming Match: Nov. 30 vs. Mexico
When Lionel Messi scored a penalty ten minutes in vs. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday, it seemed like it’d be the first in a long list of Argentina goals. Those suspicions were almost confirmed when Messi scored a second goal just 12 minutes later, but it was ruled offside. Argentina striker Lautaro Martínez had another two goals called offside, one literally by a single hand, and Saudi Arabia somehow entered the first half just 1-0 down.
What transpired in the second half is one of the most legendary comebacks in World Cup history. Saudi Arabia, who were given just a five percent chance to win the match, scored in the 48th minute from a Saleh Al-Shehri left footed finish. Just five minutes later, Salem Al-Dawsari pulled off a moment of individual brilliance with a curled effort past the outstretched arms of Argentina keeper Emi Martinez. With some excellent saves from Saudi keeper Mohammed Alowais, the Green Falcons hung on for an iconic 2-1 victory.
In first place in Group C through one match, Saudi Arabia can seal knockout stage qualification with a win here. The World Cup group odds previously priced them at just +600 odds to advance but they now sit at -125 odds. Unfortunately, Saudi Arabia picked up two injuries in the Argentina match that could hurt their chances going forward. Defender Yasir Al-Shahrani is out for the tournament with a serious concussion while midfielder Salman Al-Faraj was pictured with crutches after coming off vs. Argentina. Al-Shahrani and Al-Faraj are two of the most experienced players on the team.
Match Analysis and Odds:
Heading into Saturday’s match the Poland vs Saudi Arabia odds list Poland as ½-goal favorites. Their moneyline and goal-line odds both sit at -140. Poland have disappointed in their last few World Cups and have only won one match in their last three appearances. This absolutely represents their best chance, with a very difficult match vs. a motivated Argentina team coming up.
Robert Lewandowski will undoubtedly be frustrated with how he took his penalty vs. Mexico. Expect Poland’s all-time leading scorer to be locked in and go all out to get his first career World Cup goal. Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia have nothing to fear after shocking Argentina. They played a high line strategy to perfection and showed incredible intensity. The Green Falcons are priced at just +375 odds to win and show +110 odds to cover.
Poland and Juventus GK Wojciech Szczesny had an excellent game vs. Mexico and it shouldn’t be easy for Saudi Arabia to beat him. Under 2½ goals for the match comes in at -125 odds as a low scoring game is expected. Punters can take the over at even odds in what is an intriguing match.