Although Euro 2020 got underway on Friday, emotions will peak for Polish fans on Monday, as the national team starts their tournament journey with a Group E game against Slovakia, to be held in St. Petersburg at 6 PM Polish time.
Before the first whistle, there are more questions than answers, especially when it comes to the starting lineup. Some pundits say that even coach Paulo Sousa is not sure about it, and pre-tournament friendlies have only furthered these doubts.
Nevertheless, the four biggest stars: Robert Lewandowski, Wojciech Szczęsny, Piotr Zieliński and Grzegorz Krychowiak all look set to start the game, should no health issues appear. It is also likely that Poland will begin with three center backs, one of whom will effectively play as a full back in possession of the ball.
Poland drew their last two matches against Russia (1:1) and Iceland (2:2), and so did Slovakia, who played out stalemates with Bulgaria (1:1) and Austria (0:0).
The Slovak coach called up two footballers from the Polish league for the tournament: Dusan Kuciak (Lechia Gdańsk) and Lubomir Satka (Lech Poznań). In turn, Ondrej Duda (now FC Koeln) and Lukas Haraslin (now Sassuolo) had spells in the Polish teams as well, respectively at Legia Warsaw and Lechia.
The match between Poland-Slovakia kicks off at 6 PM. It will be broadcast on TVP 1, TVP 4K and TVP Sport channels, and online on TVPSPORT.PL website, mobile application and Smart TV. For those who cannot wait for this clash, the pre-match studio starts at 3 PM on TVP Sport in TV, TVPSPORT.PL online and in the mobile application.
After Monday’s clash, Poland will face Spain on June 19 in Seville, while four days later the team will return to St. Petersburg to take on Sweden in the last group match.