Scotland produced a gritty win over Cyprus on the weekend to move up to third place in their qualification group. They have no shot at automatic qualification, however, getting a bit of momentum going is all-important for them as they have the playoffs to look forward to. A chance of an appearance at Euro 2020 is still on for them. Read our Scotland vs Kazakhstan betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 16th, 2019 at 10:24 p.m.)
Scotland’s Euro 2020 qualification campaign started with a shocker of a 3-0 away defeat in Kazakhstan. Scotland were always going to struggle to qualify automatically in a group which contains Russia and Belgium, but that loss against Kazakhstan got them off to the worst start possible. They are now W4 L5 in the campaign having won 2-1 in Cyprus on Saturday. Scotland were hanging on a bit in the end, however. But this game against Kazakhstan does give Scotland that chance to get some momentum going of three straight wins. The Scots are W3 L2 in their last five competitive home games.
The meeting earlier in this campaign was the first meeting between the two nations
Kazakhstan are sat on 10 points in the group and with a victory, would jump above Scotland in the final group standings. So that is some kind of incentive for them. They have not had the greatest of times out on their travels however where they have picked up a W1 D1 L2 record, failing to score in two of those four road games.
Kazakhstan are officially eliminated from qualifying and have no shot at the play offs. They banked a 3-1 win at San Marino on the weekend, snapping a run of three straight losses in the group. It also snapped a six-match winless streak of away form (D3 L3) they were on in competitive matches.
Scotland have to bury that nightmare of a result against Kazakhstan right at the start of the campaign. They can get the home win here, but at the moment, it doesn’t look worth backing them to do it by more than one goal margin.
18th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Scotland will be heading out on the road looking for a positive start to their Euro 2020 campaign. Scotland’s performances in the Nations League has already given them a guaranteed play-off place in the Euro 2020 qualifiers if they don’t finish in the top two in this qualification group. So there is that cushion as they challenge Belgium and Russia in the group for an automatic place at Euro 2020. Read our Kazakhstan v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
There has been a little bit of form from Kazakhstan in recent fixtures. They have only lost one of their last six played (W2 D3). The wins that they recorded in that sequence came against Andorra and Moldova. Kazakhstan took a runners up spot in League D Group 1 of the Nations League, second to Georgia. Kazakhstan collected the one win from their six games played. That group also contained Latvia and Andorra. The one win that they did get was a 4-0 success over Andorra. Going back to their World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign, they collected just three points from ten games, to finish bottom.
So a positive approach from Scotland could well yield three points for them. They had a decent Nations League, earning promotion after topping their group above Israel and Albania. That was important because they are guaranteed a playoff spot to reach Euro 2020 if they can’t make it into the top two in this group. The Nations League helped Scotland find a bit of form, and they have won their last two games over Albania and Israel. Out on the road, they have lost all but one of their last four, including a loss at Israel in the Nations League. Five of Scotland’s last six games have all gone over 2.5 goals. Scotland have scored in each of their last five games. During World Cup 2018 qualification, Scotland narrowly missed out on second place to Slovakia.
Scotland can get the job done. They have had their wobbles recently on their travels but should be able to just grind out the win in this one. It’s just one of those tricky away games that they have to survive. Away win at 4/5 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.).
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting