Soccer Picks: Strong Lean on Scotland -180 in Euro Qualifying vs. Poland

Steven Suarez

Tuesday, October 6, 2015 8:08 PM GMT

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015 8:08 PM GMT

Poland has been one of the bigger surprises in qualifying so far, but they'll face a very tough test this Thursday versus Scotland. Who should we bank on with our soccer picks?

Odds Overview
Both Scotland and Poland are listed at the same exact number for Thursday's match. They can be backed at approximately +175 soccer odds to earn all three points in a highly competitive Group D.

If you think a draw's the most likely outcome at Hampden Park in Glasglow, that option is available at anywhere from +215 to +225.

 

Scotland
Right now the Scots find themselves on the outside looking in in the group. They're in fourth place, which means they wouldn't advance on to the next round of the competition if it ended today. Scotland has totaled 11 points in eight matches, putting them four points back of Ireland for third.

More recently, the Scots have lost two matches in a row in qualifying, which has dented their hopes of advancing. With only two matches to go, this is as much of a must-win as they'll be facing as they get set to host second-place Poland.

 

Poland
You've got to give Poland credit for their performances in qualifying so far. They're in second place with 17 points and are just two points back of Germany for the top spot. Through eight matches the Poles have picked up five wins, two draws and a loss, while posting a goal differential of +22 (29 goals for, seven conceded).

A stern challenge awaits on Thursday, however, with a highly motivated Scotland outfit waiting for the Poles' arrival in Glasglow. The main match to watch for Poland, of course, is Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski, who has 10 qualifying goals to his name already and has been in insanely good form for his club.

 

ECQ Pick
Though the Poles have impressed thus far, we see them falling just a bit short against Scotland.

The Scots battled extremely hard against Germany in their last taste of Group D action and that loss has surely left a sour taste in their mouths. We expect them to make it up to their supporters and fellow countrymen by overcoming a stiff Poland test, and therefore they'll be our top play with our soccer picks this week.

Predicted Final Score: Scotland 2 Poland 1

Soccer Pick: Scotland +180 at Pinnacle

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