Scotland v Poland Preview – Scots will share spoils at Hampden
Could a stalemate scupper Scotland's chances of reaching the Euro 2016 finals?
October 6th, 2015
Of all the outcomes of this match, a draw would perhaps set up an extremely nailbiting climax to Scotland’s Euro 2016 qualifying campaign, although it depends very much on what the Republic of Ireland manage against the might of Germany.
Scotland’s main problem is that their chances of reaching the play-offs next month is out of their hands, their prospects taking a hammering by their 1-0 defeat in Georgia.
A modicum of comfort can perhaps be taken from the fact that Ireland – despite being four points clear of Scotland – face two hugely difficult games against Germany at home and Poland away, therefore could easily suffer back-to-back defeats.
We can assume that the Scots will defeat Gibraltar this weekend, therefore much is riding on their clash with Poland on Thursday. Win at Hampden and Scotland will be favourites to achieve a top three finish. Lose and it really is game over irrespective of other results. Draw and it could possibly be decided by goal difference, resulting in a goal-chase against Gibraltar on Sunday should Ireland lose to Poland.
Defeat this week isn’t an option for the hosts, however they will be up against a side who only Germany have managed to get the better of by beating them 3-1 last month in Frankfurt.
Poland will be looking to goal machine Robert Lewandowski to fire them in front and seal their place in next year’s finals, assuming that the Germans triumph against the Republic of Ireland as expected.
Scotland are undoubtedly a decent side at home and they are more than capable of playing their part in the race for qualification. The question is, do they have enough to see it through to the bitter end.
BETTING TIPS – Draw, both teams to score – Bet365 7/2