Poland vs Germany – Match preview and team news

Poland renew their rivalry with world champions Germany as both sides look to build on the victories they achieved on match day one of qualifying for Euro 2016.

The home side began their campaign with a 7-0 demolition of new boys Gibraltar, with all the goals there coming in the second half, and five of them scored by striker Robert Lewandowki. This is set to be a tougher test for the 26-year-old as he comes up against a number of his current and former teammates at the Warsaw National Stadium.

Any points that the Poles can gain against Joachim Low’s side will come as a major bonus in the race for qualification, which looks a competitive one with both the Republic of Ireland and Scotland harbouring realistic hopes of being among the 24 who reach the finals in France.

The Scots gave Germany a major fright back in September, with only a Thomas Muller brace seeing them through what proved to be a massive test. With some key players including captain Philipp Lahm having retired following the World Cup win, Low has had to introduce some new faces, particularly at the back, and that is where their vulnerabilities could lie.

Despite that, they should be expected to finish top of Group D, and Muller will be hoping to get the better of his fellow Bayern Munich star here and propel Germany to three points. His side’s only injury doubt is Julian Draxler, while Mesut Ozil was forced to withdraw with a knee problem which will keep him out for up to 12 weeks.

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