Euro 2016 Qualifier: Poland vs Germany match preview

A look ahead to Saturday’s European fixture at Warsaw Stadium

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Poland emphatically hit seven goals past Gibraltar in September but it won’t be easy for the Poles to recapture that exhilarating performance when they come up against a defence more obdurate in Germany.

The 2014 World Cup holders are unbeaten against their European neighbours and kick started their European 2016 qualifying campaign with a comfortable 2-1 win over Scotland, which culminated in the Germans encompassing their competitive international winning streak to 18 games.

There is only one injury concern for Germany coach Joachim Low as highly-rated attacking midfielder Julian Draxler remains a doubt for Saturday’s match after suffering with the flu having joined up with the squad on Tuesday.

KICK-OFF: Saturday, 7:45pm

PAST THREE MEETINGS...

Germany 0 Bosnia 0, International friendly, May 2014

Poland 2 (Lewandowski, Blaszczykowski) Germany 2 (Kroos, Cacau), International friendly, September 2011

Germany 2 (Podolski 2) Poland 0, Euro Championships, June 2008

STATS

Germany’s last away defeat in a qualifying match was a 3-0 against Portugal in June 2000

In their last competitive encounter, Polish-born Lukas Podolski scored a brace for Germany in their convincing 2-0 victory over Poland in a UEFA Euro 2008 group stage game in Klagenfurst, Austria.

Poland are yet to win a competitive match against Germany and have only scored once in their six previous outings against Germany.

The nations last met in a goalless friendly draw in Hamburg on 13 May this year; it was the first time Poland had kept a clean sheet against Germany since reunification. 

ODDS

Poland to win: 7.5

Germany: 4.0

Draw: 1.5

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