As we head into the heated stages of UEFA Euro Champions 2016, Poland Vs Portugal, the two teams lock horns for the first quarterfinal game which is expected to be an entertaining thriller. Poland are one of the solid units in the competition so far who have shown great composure against Switzerland in the Round 0f 16. The Polish players did not miss a single penalty in the penalty shootout and knocked out Switzerland from the competition after the teams can not find a winner in the 120 minutes of open play. On the other hand, Portugal found a new glimpse of hope when Cristiano Ronaldo found his feet against a resolute Hungary side and they continue that form in the Round of 16 to eliminate one of the fan favourites Croatia. Though Portugal can not dominate Croatia, their attacking powers proved to be lethal when Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani, Renato Sanchez and QUzresma joined legs to score the winning goal. Portugal’s counter-attacking has been their only resolve against Croatia and Poland should be aware of the threat possessed by Portugal’s lightening speed attackers.
Poland Vs Portugal Squad Information and Predicted Starting XI
The Portuguese are once again expected to play the 4-4-2 formation with talisman Cristiano Ronaldo leading from front who will be supported by Nani. Portugal will once again be playing without a natural striker in their starting XI and Ricardo Quaresma may feature from the start after his heroic performances in the last two games. Joao Moutinho is expected to be benched once again as Andre Gomez and Willian Carvalho are doing a fine job in the centre of the pitch. Pepe and Jose Fonte will continue at the heart of the defence after a solid display against the Croatians in the round of 16.
Portugal – Predicted Starting XI
Rui Patricio, Cedric, Fonte, Pepe, Guerreiro; Adrien Silva, William Carvalho, Renato Sanches, Joao Mario; Nani, Ronaldo.
Poland Squad News
Poland showed extreme mental strength to beat Switzerland in the Round of 16 amid their most expected star forward and team Captain Robert Lewandowski’s poor form. The Bayern Munich frontman is one of the biggest worries for Poland in the tournament so far as he has not been at his best. Lewandowski has not hit the target in the Euro 2016 amid playing all the games for Poland. Poland will be backing one their sheer pace and compact structure behind the half line to get a result out of this game, but they will have to rely on winger Jakub Blaszczykowski and forward Milik. Grosicki is another threat to watch out for in the final third who can link up very well with the attacking fullbacks of Poland.
Poland – Predicted Starting XI