Our prediction for this Euro 2020 match:
Following a goalless draw with Sweden, Spain will be looking to give fans some cheer when they take on Poland at Estadio de La Cartuja. La Roja failed to impress in their opener, and, as a result, head coach Luis Enrique should opt to make changes to the starting XI. All Gerard Moreno, Pablo Sarabia, and Thiago Alcantara should be recalled to the starting line-up. Sergio Busquets is a major doubt after he was tested positive for coronavirus.
The Poles, on the other hand, suffered a heart-breaking 2-1 loss to Slovakia in their first group game, and seeing that Spain are determined to record their first win of the process, we do not believe that Robert Lewandowski and Co. are going to grab something from Saturday’s clash. It has to be noted that experienced Poland midfielder Gregorz Krychowiak misses the Spain game through suspension.
Highlighted Player (Adama Traore):
After starting his youth career at Hospitalet, Adama Traore moved to Barcelona football academy La Masia in 2004. The pacey winger made a great progress during his spell with the Catalan giants and it has to be noted that he scored eight goals in 63 appearances for Barca B.
Adama Traore made his debut for the first team against Granada (4-0) on November 23, 2013, replacing Brazilian superstar Neymar in the 83rd minute of the match. In the summer of 2015, he signed for Aston Villa for a fee of £7 million, but he made no more than 11 appearances in the Premier League for the Vilans. At the end of the 2015/2016 season he moved to fellow English club Middlesbrough and he made his debut for the Boro in a 2-1 defeat to Crystal Palace on September 10, 2016.
Due to his dual citizenship, Adama Traore is eligible to represent Spain and Mali at senior level, but it has to be noted that he played for youth categories of La Roja.
Highlighted Team (Poland):
Poland have recently emerged as one of Europe’s top sides, although they did enjoy some success during the 70’s and 80’s. The White Eagles impressed to achieve third-place finish at the 1974 and 1982 World Cup tournaments, while they also win the 1972 Olympics, albeit with an amateur side.
Poland started showing improvement at the turn of the century, slowly becoming regular at major tournaments and they even co-hosted the Euro 2012 with Ukraine, but disappointed home fans to crash out in the group stage. The new generation, boasting players like Robert Lewandowski, Arkadiusz Milik, Lukas Piszczek, Grzegorz Krychowiak and Jakub Blaszczykowski, has the potential to help the national team return to old glory days, with some talented players also coming through the youth ranks.
Zbigniew Boniek, Wlodzimierz Lubanski and Grzegorz Lato are some of the other players who have impressed playing for the national team, which has been playing their home games at the National Stadium in Warsaw.