A Robert Lewandowski-inspired Poland side waltzed into the history books by beating World Cup winners Germany 2-0 in Euro 2016 qualifying Group D, becoming the first of their countrymen to achieve such a feat, but they face an entirely different proposition now Scotland are in town.
So much so, in fact, that Gordon Strachan’s useful tourists are well worth a wager at 16/5 to win in Warsaw.
Since the former Manchester United and Leeds midfielder took over from Craig Levein in early 2013, Scotland have only lost twice on the road in qualifying; a 2-0 defeat to Serbia in Strachan’s first away game, and last time out in Germany 2-1.
Remarkably, Croatia, Macedonia, Norway and, most recently, Poland, have been downed on their own soil by a Tartan Army outfit that somehow manages to harness the goal-scoring talents of Celtic’s Scott Brown and Watford’s Ikechi Anya.
Apart from Joachim Low’s Brazil conquerors, only England have managed to beat the visiting Scots over the past 18 months, while a Nigeria side who went on to outperform at the World Cup also struggled with Strachan’s boys at Craven Cottage in May, eventually equalising twice in a 2-2 draw.
Poland were out on their feet against Germany and Lewandowski will miss this match with a knee injury, ruining the Plan A that worked so well on the neighbours.
Scotland, on the other hand, were able to ease off in their 1-0 home win against Georgia, who produced no shots on target at Ibrox, with Stevens Naismith and Fletcher both replaced ten minutes from the end by their clearly confident boss.
It looks like a textbook case of After the Lord Mayor’s show for Poland’s 15 Warsaw heroes, including coach Adam Nawalka, who would have hoped for a slightly easier chance to build momentum following such an historic victory.