Scotland are under a bit of pressure in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. A loss here and it would be a massive blow to their qualification hopes. They trail second placed Russia by three points having played the same number of games, that’s why. On the other side, Russia will see the potential of a big advantage opening up. Read our Scotland v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 4th, 2019 at 3:52 a.m.)
Scotland have taken a W2 D2 record from their four games so far in the qualifiers. Things got off to a poor start for them with a disappointing 3-0 away defeat at Kazakhstan, before the Scots produced less than convincing back to back wins over San Marino and Cyprus. But then in another big away game, Scotland lost 3-0 in Belgium. So they haven’t lived up to the tougher challenges in the group and need a special night on Friday.
A win pulls them level with Russia and keeps their qualification hopes alive. Scotland did win their Nations League Group which gives them a guaranteed berth in the play-offs should they fail to get an automatic qualification spot from this group. That may well come into play. Scotland are W4 D1 L1 in their last six European Championship home qualifiers and they have scored at least two goals in each of their last four on home soil.
The previous meetings were in Euro ‘96 qualification
Both of those previous meetings ended in a draw
The one game in Scotland played out to a 1-1 draw
The meeting in Russia ended 0-0
Russia started their qualification campaign with a loss against Belgium. But have responded with three straight wins to put themselves in a strong position. The Russians have scored fourteen goals in their last three qualifiers. They are rock solid favourites to join Belgium as the automatic qualifiers from Group I. Three points out of this one would see them take a huge step towards the Finals.
The loss against Belgium at the start of this qualification campaign is the only game that Russia have failed to win in their last eight European Championship qualifiers. In their last seven match wins in European Championship qualifiers, Russia have conceded just one goal in total. Away from home in qualifiers Russia are W4 L1 in their last five, scoring at least two goals in each of those victories. They are carrying the form with them and even in their loss in Belgium they still got themselves on the scoresheet. Russia will carry a sizeable threat to Scotland in this game.
Russia look strong enough to go and raid Hampden Park. If that happens that would all but settle the qualification issues realistically (not mathematically), in Group I. Russia to win and both teams to score looks a reasonable proposition for the game.
5th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Russia are trying to catch leaders Belgium in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. It is Russia and Belgium who are the favourites to qualify from the group. It is six points from three games so far that the Russians have recorded for themselves and the goals have been flowing freely from them. Cyprus had managed to get off to a bright start in their qualification campaign, but have fallen to back-to-back defeats. Read our Russia v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 10th, 2019 at 7:44 p.m.)
Russia produced a 9-0 win over San Marino on Saturday. That followed up on their 4-0 away win over Kazakhstan. Russia are sat on a W2 L1 record from their three qualification matches so far having opened with a 3-1 reverse in Belgium. Russia were on a three-match losing streak of form before their successes over Kazakhstan and San Marino. So that was a good lift that they took for themselves. They go into the next round of qualifiers level on six points with Scotland.
Across their last nine fixtures, Russia have won five and lost three and their notable form has come on home soil. Russia are W3 D1 in their last four home fixtures, not having conceded a single goal in any of their last three there. Going back to their goal scoring, Russia have scored 16 goals across their last four home games. Given the rest of the level of opposition in this group aside from Belgium, Russia will be expected to reach next summer’s finals.
Russia took a 1-0 win over Cyprus in a 2003 friendly, their most recent meeting
It is a W6 D1 L0 record that Russia have over Cyprus
Cyprus have scored one goal only in their last five games against Russia
Russia won their last home fixture against Cyprus 4-0
Cyprus lost 2-1 in Scotland on Saturday. They looked to have secured a point in the 87th minute when Ioannis Kousoulos put them level. However, they could not hang onto their point as Scotland scored a winner just two minutes later. Cyprus opened their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 5-0 home success over San Marino. That is the only win that they have taken in their last seven games played now. They have lost three of their last four played.
The Cypriots have collected just two wins in their last nine games played now, losing five of those. They have been struggling to put the ball in the back of the net with just the one goal recorded across their last four fixtures. Whether having been said they have scored in each of their last three away games, netting exactly one goal in each of those fixtures. They are however only D1 L3 in their last four away games. Cyprus have conceded exactly 2 goals in three of their last four away games.
Russia are a tough side to get the better of on home soil, so it looks as if they should be easing their way to a relatively comfortable home success in this fixture. Cyprus are not likely to have the goals to match up to them and Russia to win to nil option looks a strong proposition.
11th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Belgium start on home soil in Group I of Euro 2020 qualifying. They are the favourites to get through with the group win so will they be able to ease themselves ahead of Russia early? These are the two favourites to gain an automatic qualification from the group. Scotland also go in Group I. Read our Belgium v Russia betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 18th, 2019 at 6:26 p.m.)
Even though qualification for Euro 2020 hasn’t even started yet, Belgium are one of the front runners to lift the title next summer. It would frankly be a major upset if the Red Devils did not qualify from their group. The last time that Belgium faced up to Russia was back in 2017 when they met for a friendly and that game produced a thrilling 3-3 draw. Belgium are undefeated against Russia from their five previous meetings, the Red Devils winning three of those.
Belgium did have a bit of a slip in their Nations League campaign as they didn’t top their group. A crushing 5-2 away loss at Switzerland in the final round of matches, meant that Belgium finished second to the Swiss on head-to-head. Belgium did win two home games in the group against the Swiss and against Iceland. Actually, the away loss against Switzerland saw a six-match undefeated streak of form that Belgium were on, snapped. Belgium have scored at least two goals in all but one of their last seven fixtures.
Russia did not do too badly in the Nations League. They did bottle things a little bit in their final match as they made a trip to Sweden needing only a draw to top the group. Russia lost that game 2-0. Coupled with a friendly international defeat against Germany that is back-to-back losses which Russia have taken ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener.
Before that it though they were on a six-match undefeated streak of form (90 minutes) extending back into their brave World Cup 2018 campaign. This will be the first major qualification campaign since going for Euro 2016 when they did book an automatic qualification spot. As World Cup 2018 hosts they did have an impressive campaign before running out of steam in the quarter-finals. Russia have only scored in one of their last four games so they have gone off the boil a bit up front.
In competitive mode, Belgium should have more than enough to take down Russia in this challenge. The Russians will always be more of a threat on home soil, so looking at Belgium to win to nil appeals at 21/20 odds* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 19th, 2019 at 3:50 p.m.)
19th March 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting