Poland play host to Iceland on Tuesday evening looking to earn a morale-boosting victory ahead of their appearance at Euro 2020.
While the visitors have missed out on another outing at a major tournament, they could also benefit from a win after a disappointing period of results since September.
When Paulo Sousa was appointed as the new manager of Poland, the Portuguese would have envisaged at least three wins from his four matches in the dugout.
However, with 90 minutes remaining before Euro 2020, his team’s only victory has been against Andorra, failing to defeat either of Hungary, England or Russia.
The experienced boss will hope that his players become more accustomed to his tactics as the upcoming major tournament progresses, but he will be under no illusions that he can ill-afford a further setback against Iceland.
On the plus side, Sousa will take the positives from a 1-1 draw with Russia coming without Arkadiusz Milik or Robert Lewandowski in the side, a scenario which forced other players to step up in their absence.
Jakub Swierczok netted his first international goal during that fixture and the well-travelled 28-year-old could prove to be a key member of the squad over the next month.
As far as Iceland are concerned, there was relief when they were able to edge past Faroe Islands on Friday evening courtesy of a goal 20 minutes from time.
Arnar Vidarsson’s team have still won just three of their 13 fixtures since the resumption of international football in September, but it at least represented a step in the right direction.
Mikael Anderson scored the decisive strike during that game, the FC Midtjylland winger contributing his first Iceland goal since switching his allegiances from Denmark three years ago.
While Vidarsson will be realistic about his team’s chances on Tuesday evening, he will still feel that they are capable of pulling off the upset after recently holding their own against Mexico.
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