Scotland v Poland betting tips: Lewandowski to dent Scottish mood
Preview and odds for Thursday’s friendly
The ongoing conflict in Ukraine has put on hold Scotland’s attempts to qualify for the World Cup, but they will at least have some international action this weekend thanks to a friendly with Poland and we have looked through the odds to pick out some Scotland v Poland betting tips.
A chunk of the ticket sales from this contest will be donated to UNICEF’s humanitarian efforts in Ukraine and the fixture also offers the chance for Poland to fine-tune their plans for next week’s pathway B final against either Sweden or Czech Republic.
Thursday’s match at Hampden Park kicks off at 7.45pm and is live on Sky Sports.
In-form Scots hoping to sparkle
Scotland will be hoping to continue the momentum they have built up of late and extend their six-game winning run, which would take them into their eventual pathway A semi-final with Ukraine brimming with confidence.
The hosts haven’t made the finals of a World Cup since 1998, while their first foray to a major championship since then ended with just one point and a 0-0 draw against England at Wembley to shout about at the rearranged Euro 2020.
However, Steve Clarke appears to be building something special north of the border and their 2-0 victory over previously unbeaten Denmark at the end of the qualification campaign shows exactly what they are capable of when at their best.
They have kept three consecutive clean sheets and it is 33/20 for them to do that again. Although it will be tough for them to keep Robert Lewandowski quiet so another win to nil could be unlikely this time at 14/5.
All eyes on Lewandowski
One of the best players in the world, there is plenty of hope and expectation on Lewandowski every time he pulls on a Poland shirt and their most capped player and leading goalscorer will be hoping to continue his fine domestic campaign, which has seen him find the net 31 times in the Bundesliga and a further 12 in the Champions League.
He has scored six in his last three appearances for Bayern Munich and reports for international duty in red-hot form.
The 33-year-old hit eight in as many games during the group stage of qualifying and it could prove wise to side with the Pole to score the first goal of the game at 14/5, while you could play it slightly safer with a goal at any time at 6/5 in Scotland v Poland betting tips. He is 6/1 to hit two or more.
Robert Lewandowski has scored 30 goals in the Bundesliga for the fifth time, equalling Gerd Muller’s record 👑
All the other players in Bundesliga history have only reached the 30-goal mark five times COMBINED 🤯 pic.twitter.com/9qMF7IOqJo
— GOAL (@goal) March 19, 2022
These two sides have met six times in the past, with both registering one victory and the other four contests ending all-square. All of those draws have seen both sides find the net so BTTS and draw makes some appeal in Scotland v Poland betting tips at 10/3.
The last two meetings came during the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign and remarkably the score in both fixtures was 2-2. The same scoreline is 14/1 this time around, while both teams to score can be backed at 19/20.
Poland took an early lead in both of those fixtures, so it may prove wise to back the visitors to strike first at 23/20 and also to be winning after 15 minutes at a tasty 7/1 as the last of our Scotland v Poland betting tips.
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