Red-hot Lewandowski could break Scotland’s hearts
Scotland’s defenders will need to keep Europe’s leading marksman on a short leash if they are to stand any chance of making a late push of the Euro 2016 play-offs.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 12 goals in his last four games for club side Bayern Munich and the Poland captain has already scored 10 times in his country’s Group D campaign. He’s also the leading scorer in this season’s Champions League and is the main reason why his country are on the brink of qualifying for next year’s tournament in France.
That said, he didn’t manage a goal against the Scots in a highly-entertaining 2-2 draw in Warsaw a year ago when the home side needed a ferociously-struck Arkadiusz Milik equaliser to deny Gordon Starchan’s team a victory that would have put an entirely different complex on the current scenario.
As it is, Scotland must now beat Poland and win their final game in Gibraltar and hope Ireland slip up against both Germany and Poland to sneak into the play-offs via the back door – we shouldn’t underestimate how costly that defeat in Georgia has proved.
Norwich City’s Graham Dorrans has been recalled to the Scotland squad as a replacement for the injured Kevin McDonald. Darren Fletcher and Ikechi Anya are doubts to face Poland and James Morrison is suspended but Strachan has no option other than to name an attacking line-up against Adam Nawalka’s men, who may still need as many as four points from their last two games to ensure qualification.
Matt Ritchie, Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith are likely to be asked to support lone striker Steven Fletcher with Leigh Griffiths and Jordan Rhodes as back-up.
Lewandowski is almost irresistible at present and can break Scottish hearts at Hampden by leading Poland to victory at 33/20. The Bayern striker is an unoriginal choice for First Goalscorer but is priced up at 4/1.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Thursday, October 8th at Hampden Park
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