Poland vs Scotland – Match preview and team news

Scotland are aiming to make it a perfect international week by claiming victory in a vital encounter away to a buoyant Poland side.

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Manager Gordon Strachan was glowing in his praise at some of the quick attacking football played by his side on Saturday in the win over Georgia. Despite the win only coming thanks to an own goal, it was a highly encouraging performance and one which will raise hopes that they can reach a first major tournament since 1998.

Steven Naismith and Steven Fletcher are beginning to look like an effective front two, while the pace and creativity provided by wingers Ikechi Anya and Shaun Maloney is something that Scotland have not had for a long while, and they will need their key players to perform here in a game in which defeat would be a massive setback.

They could not face a more confident side than the Poles, who will be keen not to suffer a hangover from the amazing effort which saw them conquer world champions Germany on Saturday. The Euro 2012 co-hosts impressively withstood heavy pressure to keep a clean sheet and were clinical going forward, ensuring that they are level with the Republic of Ireland at the top of Group D.

Anya should play for Scotland despite not training on Monday, but Grant Hanley is definitely out after picking up an injury in the Georgia game. The hosts are without defender Tomasz Jodlowiec.

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