After a long barren spell, Poland has been on the up for a few years now. They were the top goalscorers in the Euro 2016 qualifiers with 33 goals and in Robert Lewandowski they can call upon arguably the finest European ‘number nine’ in the game today. Make sure to stay updated with Euro 2016 Enhanced free bets for top goal scorers.
This game represents Northern Ireland’s European Championship debut and it provides them with a welcome return to the main stage of international football after a lengthy spell in the wilderness.
Kyle Lafferty was the Northern Ireland hero in the qualifiers with seven goals to his name, but he barely featured when it came to club football over the past season. At least coach Michael O’Neill can now call upon Conor Washington to take some of the goalscoring burden off his main striker, but they could struggle for goals in France.
The teams last met during the World Cup 2010 qualifiers, with Northern Ireland winning 3-2 in Belfast then coming away with a 1-1 draw in Poland (Lafferty being their goalscorer that day).
The Poland v Northern Ireland betting odds favour the Poles, but perhaps not as much as one might expect. Poland could be on the front foot for most of this game and although Northern Ireland can count on an experienced and well organised rear-guard, the quality in the Polish attack will surely prevail. If Poland play to anything like their potential, they really should prove to be too strong for Northern Ireland and backing them to win this match looks a good option for any Poland v Northern Ireland free bets.