Scotland in a must-win situation

Last updated: October 7, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Thursday, 7:45pm
Venue: Hampden Park (Glasgow)
Coverage: Sky Sports 1, BBC 5 Live
Home form: LLDWW
Away form: LWDWD
Last meeting: 2-2
Referee: Kassai (Hungary)
Competition: EC Qualification

Scotland are in a very difficult situation, 4 points behind the third place-holders which gives them a chance of participating in the play-offs; they have to win in their last two matches and hope that The Republic of Ireland lose against Germany and Poland. Scotland’s last match against Gibraltar will be an easy task, but the home game against Poland will be a tough one.

Poland’s qualification for Euro 2016 is endangered too; The Polish players lost to Germany in the last round and now are lying in second place just two points in front of the inspired Green Army. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is the tournament’s top goal-scorer so far with 10 goals from 8 games. Poland’s manager Nawalka is hoping the striker will play at his usual level and help the team earn the three points.

Gordon Strachan’s lads lost two consecutive games, Georgia 0-1 and Germany 2 -3. That’s why their chances of qualifying are not the best; but if the Scots win against Poland things will turn around dramatically. The first match between these two teams finished with a 2-2 draw. Scotland will be sorry they missed the chance to take the three points, Poland equalized with 14 minutes before the final whistle.

Team News

Kevin McDonald of Wolverhampton Wanderers has been withdrawn from Scotland’s squad through injury. However, McDonald is not a key player; he didn’t play in a single match of this campaign.

Graham Dorrans of Norwich City has been called up to the squad. The midfielder plays regularly for his club Norwich and is now ready to grab his chance.

Jordan Rhodes who has been brilliant for Blackburn from the beginning of the season is called on again by Gordon Strachan. The striker has scored 7 goals from 8 games so far.

Gordon Greer, Brighton’s defender, has received another international call-up; his nice performance has helped his team, who are now lying first place in The Championship.

Quotes of the week

Gordon Strachan Gordon Strachan (Scotland) : “I will only pick players who are in red-hot form.”

nawalka Adam Nawałka (Poland) : “Lewandowski will blow Scotland away in Hampden crunch.”

Expected line-ups:

Scotland(4-4-1-1): Marshall, Hutton, Martin, Mulgrew, Forsyth, Rhodes, Morrison, Naismith, McArthur, Anya, Maloney.
Subs Gordon, Adam, Brown, Berra, Robertson, Ritchie, Samson, S. Fletcher, Forrest, Griffits, Dorrans, D. Fletcher.
Injured: McDonald
Not available:
Poland (4-4-2): Fabiański, Piszczek, Szukala, Glik, Jodłowiec, Rybus, Mączyński, Krychowiak, Grosicki, Lewandowski, Milik.
Subs Zielinski, Szczęsny, Borysiuk, Linetty, Jędrzejczyk, Mila, Thiago Cionek, Boruc, Wilczek, Peszko, Błaszczykowski, Olkowski.
Not available:

Key Battle

anya Anya this campaign
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 581 1 N/A N/A N/A 0 0
lewandowski Lewandowski this campaign
Games Minutes Goals Shots per game Assists MotM Yellows Reds
8 696 10 N/A N/A N/A 1 0

So far this campaign

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Scotland this campaign Poland this campaign
4 Table Position 2
3 (0) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (2)
6-1 vs. Gibraltar Biggest win 8-1 vs. Gibraltar
0 (2) (at home) Draws (away) 1 (2)
1 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
2-3 to Germany Biggest Defeat 1-3 to Germany
Maloney (4) Top scorer Lewandowski (10)
Y11, R0 Discipline Y15, R0
1 Failures to score 0
2 Clean Sheets 4
5 Both Teams to Score Games 4
4 Over 2.5 Games 6
4 Under 2.5 Games 2
  • An interesting fact is; from 6 games between the teams there has been 4 draws. The only Scotland victory against Poland was a year ago when the Scots won 1-0 in a friendly match.
  • Scotland has recorded 3 victories from their 4 home matches. Poland have recorded two wins away from home so far.
  • Maloney and Naismith scored for Scotland in the last match between the teams. Poland’s goals were scored by Mączyński and Milik; the match finished in a draw.
  • The only opportunity for Scotland to qualify is through a home victory against Poland on Thursday. Scots can sill have a chances if the match finishes in a draw but then the Republic of Ireland will have to lose their last two matches.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
14/10/14 ECQ Poland 2-2 Scotland Mączyński 12′
05/03/14 FRI Poland 0-1 Scotland Brown 77′
25/04/01 FRI Poland 1-1 Scotland Kaluzny 49′
19/05/90 FRI Scotland 1-1 Poland
13/10/65 WQE Scotland 1-2 Poland