How the Bookies see it
- Match Winner: Poland 7/5, Draw 21/10, Switzerland 21/10 - Betfred
- To Qualify: Poland 4/6, Switzerland 11/10 - BetVictor
- First Goalscorer: Robert Lewandowski 5/1, Haris Seferovic 6/1, Arkadiusz Milik 13/2 - Coral
- Poland encountered stubborn resistance against Northern Ireland in their opening match before winning 1-0. They then played out a goalless draw with Germany and beat Ukraine 1-0 to finish second in Group C with an unbeaten record and no goals conceded.
- Switzerland also claimed five points from their three Group A games to finish as unbeaten runners-up. They overcame Albania 1-0, drew 1-1 with Romania and then held hosts France to a 0-0 stalemate.
The bookies have looked at the records of Switzerland and Poland, which are almost identical, and decided that it could go either way. Delving into the performances, though, it is clear why Poland are the slight favourites. They could have beaten Northern Ireland far more convincingly than 1-0, had chances to defeat Germany and were then too strong for Ukraine.
Switzerland, on the other hand, were perhaps fortunate to see off Albania in their opening game but were hardly impressive in their next two matches. They won’t be easy to break down and Poland have yet to concede a goal, so a wager on the correct score being 0-0 at 11/2 with Sky Bet may entice some punters.
However, Poland are the more dynamic team and really should have scored more goals in the group stage. Robert Lewandowski is surely too good for his barren run to continue much longer and, even if it does, Poland possess other potential match winners such as Arkadiusz Milik and Jakub Blaszczykowski. There is a chance it may take time to make their superiority count, however, so a bet on Poland to qualify might be wiser than a wager on a win in normal time, and odds of 11/1 with BetVictor on a Poland victory in extra time seem particularly generous.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Poland to win in extra time - 11/1 at BetVictor
*Please note, odds may fluctuate as the match approaches.