Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 14:37 06/10/2015
It's do or die for Scotland in this crucial Euro 2016 qualifier match and anything less than a win will result in them failing to make it to the finals in France next year. To even make the play-offs, the Scots need Group D leaders Germany to beat Rep Ireland and must themselves overcome Poland on Thursday, before winning their subsequent match with Gibraltar while also hoping that Poland go on to get a result against Rep Ireland. It seems like quite a long shot, but while there is still hope, Gordan Strachan's men will fight on and they didn't look bad at all when forcing Germany to pull out all of the stops in a 2-3 defeat in their last match at Hampden Park.
Poland's situation is somewhat clearer as a victory in Glasgow would send them through as long as Germany also win, though if Rep Ireland get anything against the World Champions, Poland must then avoid defeat against the Boys in Green when the sides meet in Warsaw next week. Head coach Adam Nawałka will be hoping that his side can seize the initiative by taking maximum points against Scotland and Poland head into the match on the back of thrashing Gibraltar 8-1.
The match will be shown live at 19:45 (BST) on Sky Sports 2 and should be a popular attraction for punters. With little to pick betwen the sides, it looks pretty tough to call a winner and plenty of punters will be sitting on the fence, but can still get involved in the action by opting for a bet on the First Goalscorer market.
Goalscorer Second Chance
Starting with the hosts and it's Shaun Maloney that has grabbed the most goals for Scotland in Group D with 4, including in the 2-2 draw away to Poland this time last year. He also looks to be first in line for any penalty kicks that may arise, so has to go on the shortlist when considering your First Goalscorer bets on the game.
Steven Fletcher got all 3 of his goals in an easy win against Gibraltar, while Steven Naismith has scored twice in the group and was another to get a goal in the away game with Poland, while the likes of Ikechi Anya and James McArthur are others to consider at favourable odds from the midfield.
It's difficult to look past Robert Lewandowski for the away side as the World-class striker has already bagged 10 goals in Euro 2016 qualification and has been in phenomenal form for Bayern Munich of late. He justifiably heads First Goalscorer betting for this match and is likely to be a constant thorn in the side of the hosts.
Elsewhere for Poland, Arkadiusz Milik has scored an impressive 6 goals and was responsible for the equalisewr against Scotland in Warsaw, while Kamil Grosicki and Sebastian Mila have chipped in from midfield with 3 and 2 goals respectively.
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