The 4-1 victory that kept England on course for World Cup 2014 qualification owed much to an excellent debut from Tottenham winger Andros Townsend and there’s much to suggest that the 11/4 about him scoring a second goal in as many matches is a price worth taking.
Not one player averages more shots on goal in this season’s Premier League.
The statistics suggest that there is no more single-minded protagonist operating in the English top flight at present than the thinking man’s Andy Townsend, who averages 0.4 shots per game more than next most prolific shotsmith Olivier Giroud.
Having been far from shy in letting fly on his first start for Roy Hodgson a debut goal will only have increased his confidence in this regard.
Furthermore he tops the league for successful dribbles completed in 2013/14, highlighting an ability to beat a man and craft himself some space to unleash a strike at goal.
The White Eagles haven’t kept a clean sheet in their last 10 games outside of Poland.
A goalless draw with Greece is on record as the Poles’ sole shutout in their last 15 matches away from the comforts of home.
The Wembley crowd have gone as many games without having an away clean sheet to fuel a chorus of boos and England have been in particularly bombastic mood this season, ringing the alarm 11 times in their three London run-outs.
He can profit with Rooney and Sturridge yet to find harmony in England jerseys.
Townsend may have joined both his international buddies in the scorer’s ledger but the central pairing – individually so impressive in this season’s Premier League – failed to foster an understanding last time out.
While the Tottenham man’s blockbuster debut will have shown up on the Polish radar they are likely to harbour greater concerns over the Manchester United and Liverpool men nonetheless.
The pair’s clever off the ball movement and particularly Rooney’s tendency to drift deep will manipulate the Polish defence in a manner which should create space for the 22-year-old to surge into, with a keeper-troubling effort the almost inevitable result.