Poland were crowned World Cup winners after a superb display on home territory at Wroclaw on Saturday saw them demolish their opposition.
The hosts had sent out a warning by scoring 63 points in Thursday's Race-Off as they qualified for the Final, but few expected them to come close to that total against stronger opposition.
However, they made the meeting look easy and ended up with a score of 62, with each of their riders winning at least three races and Tomasz Gollob once again showing that he is still a force at World level with 14 points.
Gollob ' s exploits throughout the week thrilled TV viewers, and it remains one of the sport's tragedies that he has only ridden in the Elite League for a total of three years, between 1998 and 2000 for Ipswich.
If he could be tempted back for a season or two as his career begins to wind down, it would be a huge shot in the arm for speedway in this country.
Interestingly, only one of the five riders who won the World Cup so convincingly for Poland is an Elite League regular, Ipswich's Piotr Protasiewicz, whilst every other rider in Saturday's Final has raced in the UK this season.
Sweden's hopes of completing a hat-trick of World Cup triumphs had already taken a dent last month when they lost Mikael Max after his serious crash which left him with a broken thigh and wrist.
Max's injury also lowered spirits at Wolverhampton, and the Monmore men have so far had mixed fortunes in the success of their guest riders for their No.1.
Lee Richardson put up a superb showing at Coventry, but tonight the Swindon rider is in the opposition pits at Monmore Green for the club he has just joined on a full transfer from Brandon - and Wolves call up the Bees skipper Scott Nicholls to deputise for Max.
It is not far off a mustwin match for Wolves who are without a victory since Max was injured and who now have to come up with an incredible burst of form to move into the top four in the League table.
Captain Steve Johnston said: "It's vital for us to get the win we need to get a good run of results together over the next few weeks, and after a week off all the boys are ready for action.
"It's great for us to have a rider like Scotty in the team with us.
"I spoke to him in Poland over the weekend and he is really looking forward to it.
"I'm sure he'll give us his best efforts."
Away wins are also now essential, and Wolves have two opportunities for them this week as they go to Peterborough on Wednesday and Eastbourne on Friday.
The clash at the East of England Showground will mark the first on-track meeting between David Howe and Sam Ermolenko since their tangle at the end of May which left the Wolves man with a broken ankle.
Coventry have another blank week without a fixture, which allows Joonas Kylmakorpi more recovery time from his shoulder injury ahead of their trip to table-topping Belle Vue next Monday.