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Gordon Strachan and his Scotland outfit head to Warsaw this week to take on a strong Polish team who boast one of the best strikers in Europe, with Robert Lewandowski looking to add to his tally of eighteen international goals.

The 25-year-old has an amazing strike rate of 67 goals in 118 appearances for Borussia Dortmund and will be a popular First Goalscorer bet at odds of 9/2 with Coral free bet, with the White Eagles having finished fourth in England’s World Cup qualifying group.

Adam Nawałka replaced Waldemar Fornalik immediately after Poland’s 4-1 defeat at Wembley, with the 56-year-old trying to galvanise his team ahead of the Euro 2016 qualifying matches and he has some talented players with which to work.

Unfortunately, captain Jakub Błaszczykowski is missing for the rest of the season with a torn anterior cruciate ligament injury, something that gives Scotland half a chance at the National Stadium, even if they have to beat Arsenal keeper Wojciech Szczęsny in the process.

Poland are a best price 21/20 with Ladbrokes bookmaker to claim victory in front of their own fans although Scotland appear to be getting their act together under Strachan and the visitors can be backed at 31/10 to boost their morale with a win on Wednesday night.

The only players to withdraw from the initial squad have been Grant Hanley and Robert Snodgrass, something which means that Leigh Griffiths is back in the fold and the striker is bang in form after hitting a Celtic hat-trick against Inverness on Saturday.

Griffiths recently joined the Scottish champions following a move from Wolverhampton Wanderers and he couldn’t conceal his delight at getting another chance to earn an international cap.

He said: “I’m buzzing to be back in the Scotland squad. Gordon Strachan said I wasn’t in the original squad because I wasn’t playing every week with Wolves and then he wanted to give me time to settle in here. I’ve settled pretty quickly.”

Hoops boss Neil Lennon added: “I am delighted for Leigh in terms of Scotland. Against Inverness he could have scored even more.”

Griffiths is a 17/2 chance to score first although it appears that Steven Fletcher could start the game as the lone striker for the Scots, with Everton’s Steven Naismith potentially providing support after some decent showings for the Toffees.

Scotland haven’t lost a match in the past four games, having won 2-1 away at Macedonia before beating Croatia 2-0 to cap off their World Cup qualification campaign.

A goalless draw against the United States was followed by a 1-0 triumph in Norway so any kind of victory here might be achieved with a single goal and another 1-0 scoreline is 19/2. However, that man Lewandowski should ensure his team aren’t beaten here.

PREDICTION: Poland 1 Scotland 1