Argentina will face Poland on Wednesday at the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. A stunning 2-1 loss to Saudi Arabia in their opener left La Albiceleste in dire straits, but they came back with a 2-0 victory against Mexico last Saturday. That set up Argentina (1-0-1) with a chance to move on to the knockout round, but Poland (1-1-0) is in the pole position. The Poles knocked off Saudi Arabia 2-0 in their Group C match last Saturday after playing to a 0-0 draw with Mexico to kick off their Qatar 2022 campaign. They sit on four points and can advance out of the group stage for the first time since 1986. The South Americans are 6-3-2 all-time against Poland and the teams have split their two World Cup meetings. This time around, it's a showdown between strikers Lionel Messi of Argentina and Poland's Robert Lewandowski.
Kickoff at Stadium 974 in Doha, Qatar is set for 2 p.m. ET. Caesars Sportsbook lists Argentina as the -225 favorites (risk $225 to win $100) in its latest Poland vs. Argentina odds. Poland are +700 underdogs, a draw is priced at +305 and the over/under for total goals scored is 2.5. Before making any Argentina vs. Poland picks, make sure you check out the 2022 World Cup predictions and best bets from proven soccer insider Martin Green.
After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since then, his European soccer picks have been spot-on. Green has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors since the 2017-18 season. He has his finger on the pulse of the game all over the globe.
Now, Green has broken down the Argentina vs. Poland matchup from all sides and just locked in his World Cup picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see the picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Poland vs. Argentina:
- Argentina vs. Poland spread: Argentina -1.5 (+135)
- Argentina vs. Poland over/under: 2.5 goals
- Argentina vs. Poland money line: Poland +700, Argentina -225, Draw +305
- Poland: They have allowed one goal or fewer in nine of their past 12 matches.
- Argentina: They have scored 29 goals and allowed four in 12 matches in 2022.
- Argentina vs. Poland picks: See picks at SportsLine
Why you should back Argentina
It all starts with Messi, and the all-time great has scored in both matches. The 35-year-old is the world's second all-time career goal-scorer in all competitions and has the most in Argentina's history with 97. He also is the leader with 167 caps, and Angel Di Maria, who is fourth with 126, also is a generational talent likely getting his last chance at World Cup glory. The 34-year-old has 27 international goals, but is known more for his playmaking and ability on set pieces. He has 217 assists over his club career, mostly with PSG and Real Madrid.
The dreams of the nation hinge on this one, so La Albiceleste should be highly motivated. They are averaging 65 percent possession in the two matches, while Poland are under 38 percent, so they should have no trouble controlling the tempo. They had 15 shots against the Saudis and have allowed three shots on target in the two games. Getting two goals against Mexico is no easy feat, as Poland is aware, and Lautaro Martinez also could put the Poland back line in danger. The 25-year-old has 21 goals in 42 matches for Argentina. See which team to pick here.
Why you should back Poland
The discussion of Poland's chances start, rightfully, with striker Robert Lewandowski, but he isn't the only key contributor. In the first two games, the star has been Juventus goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny. He saved a penalty against the Saudis and has yet to allow a goal, and he was in excellent form coming in. The 32-year-old shares the lead in Serie A with six clean sheets in nine starts and is second with an 85.7 save percentage. He has a post-shot expected goals against of 2.8 at the World Cup and is third with eight saves in the first two matches.
Piotr Zielinski and Lewandowski had the goals Saturday, and both are critical to the attack. It was Lewandowski's first goal in five World Cup starts, but he has 18 in his 19 matches since joining Barcelona before this season. He is Poland's all-time leader in goals (77) and appearances (136). Zielinski has six goals and seven assists in 21 matches with Napoli this season and has scored 10 for the national team. Poland are on a four-game unbeaten run without allowing a goal, with veteran Kamil Glik keeping the back line organized in front of Szczesny. See which team to pick here.
How to make Poland vs. Argentina picks
Green has scrutinized the Argentina vs. Poland match from every angle. He is leaning Under on the goal total and provides two confident best bets, including a plus-money play on a goal-scorer, and his full breakdown of the match. He's only sharing those picks here.
So, who wins Poland vs. Argentina in Wednesday's 2022 World Cup Group C finale? And where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see the best bets for the Argentina vs. Poland match, all from the European soccer expert who has generated almost $35,000 for $100 bettors over the past four seasons.