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 going to the play-offs as they can’t now qualify in the top two from Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. But they need to get some momentum up and running after a disappointing return. A win in this one will lift them above Cyprus by two points. Like Scotland, Cyprus can’t qualify either. Read our Cyprus vs Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on November 12th, 2019 at 1:18 p.m.)
Cyprus have a W3 D1 L4 from this qualification campaign. This is a dead rubber and because they didn’t have success in their Nations League group, Cyprus have no chance of making it to Euro 2020. Cyprus took a 5-0 loss at home in their last qualification match, which was when they hosted Russia.
It has been only two wins in their last seven competitive matches that Cyprus have picked up, those successes happening on the road at San Marino and Kazakhstan. Cyprus have taken only one win in their last six competitive games at home (D2 L3). They have failed to score in three of their last five in Nicosia.
Scotland are unbeaten in six previous meetings with Cyprus
Each of the last three meetings have ended in a 2-1 win for Scotland
Scotland’s last four wins over Cyprus have been by a 1 goal margin
Cyprus have conceded at least two goals in all six previous games against Scotland
Scotland’s hopes of reaching Euro 2020 are going to rest on their playoff campaign. In their last qualifier the Scots took a 6-0 home win over San Marino. That snapped a run of four straight defeats in the qualifiers that they had been on. Scotland scored only one goal in that run of four losses, which were all against Belgium and Russia. Scotland’s campaign started on the backfoot as they lost 3-0 in Kazakhstan and have only secured a W3 L5 record.
One of those wins though was a 2-1 nervy home success over Cyprus. Scotland do need to try and get some competitive returns going still, they need confidence ahead of the play offs. They have however taken just a W2 D2 L5 record in their last nine European Championship away qualifiers. Scotland have failed to score in three of their last four such road games.
A short price on Scotland away from home is probably not going to have too much appeal for punters. There is at the end of the day, nothing at stake in this game and Cyprus may be able to frustrate the visitors. Draw.
14th November 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Scotland’s chance of automatic qualification passed them by as they were crushed by Russia. So they are going to have to try and reach Euro 2020 through the play-off route, their place there earned from winning their Nations League group. Still, they should pick up an easy three points against San Marino. Read our Scotland v San Marino betting tips for more.
San Marino 80/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 11th, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)
Scotland were brushed aside by Russia in a 4-0 loss on Thursday which leaves them on just the six points in Group I. With only three games to go now they can’t make the top two but will have that play-off spot to get a backdoor entry to Euro 2020. Scotland are W2 L5 in the group so far and have only managed to score five goals. Considering the likes of San Marino, Kazakhstan and Cyprus are in there, that’s not good.
One of the two wins that Scotland have taken in the group happened against San Marino, a 2-0 away win. They are currently on a four-match losing streak though and the worrying thing is their defence. Scotland have conceded at least two goals in each of their last four games played and exactly four in their last two against Belgium and Scotland.
Scotland have won all five previous meetings with San Marino
Three of the five previous meetings Scotland have won 2-0
It has been a 4-0 and a 5-0 home win Scotland have taken over San Marino
San Marino haven’t even managed to battle to a point in this campaign yet. In their seven defeats, they have conceded a total of 37 goals. The last time that they didn’t lose a game was a 0-0 draw against Estonia back in November 2015. They have never avoided defeat in a European Championship away qualifier. San Marino have conceded at least four goals in each of their last five such games, including a heavy loss in Kazakhstan.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 11th, 2019 at 9:12 p.m.)
It has been some poor stuff by Scotland in this campaign but this fixture should offer them some light relief. It’s a good chance for them to get among the goals. Scotland should be able to get at least four goals on the board.
12th October 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
Scotland’s chances of qualifying automatically for Euro 2020 will be slammed shut if they don’t win this game on Thursday. They are trailing second-placed Russia by nine points in the group and so, more likely than not, the Scots are going to have to go and try to take advantage of their play-off spot earned from winning their Nations League group. Read our Russia v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on October 9th, 2019 at 3:20 p.m.)
Russia have won five of their six group stage games so far and are well on the path to Euro 2020. Their only defeat in the group happened against leaders Belgium. The goals have been flying in from Russia as well, as they have tallied 18 goals in their 6 fixtures, but nine of those were scored in one big home success over San Marino.
Russia won their other two home games against Cyprus and Kazakhstan by a 1-0 scoreline. Russia have won their last five home European Championship qualifiers, without conceding a single goal in that sequence. They have taken a clean sheet in six of their last eight home qualifiers. So this is certainly no easy game for Scotland.
Russia took a 2-1 win in the first group meeting
Scotland are W0 D2 L1 in the overall head to head with Russia
The one previous meeting in Russia ended in a 0-0 draw in 1995
Two of the three previous meetings have ended under 2.5 goals
Even a win in this fixture for Scotland, which would close the gap on Russia to six points, would leave them with a lot of work to do. They would only have easier group games to get through following that though. A loss on Thursday and there is no direct route for Scotland to next summer’s finals. In their last three qualifiers, they have lost their two games against Belgium and the one against Russia.
The Scots conceded a total of nine goals in those three games. It was their 3-0 loss at Kazakhstan in their opening qualification games which really did a lot of damage. While qualification was still going to be massively difficult with Russia and Belgium in the group, they would have been in closer touch had they beaten Kazakhstan. Scotland have conceded at least two goals in four of their last six games. They have only claimed two wins in their last eight away European Championship qualifiers.
Russia are the better of the two sides and can go and get themselves a victory in the match. Scotland haven’t been up to par and their defence has been a bit shambolic at times. Russia to win to nil looks like a solid proposition.
9th October 2019 / lee - Category: European Football Betting
Scotland had a bad night at the office on Friday, suffering a 2-1 loss at home against Russia. There were plenty of boos from the home fans for a really poor performance by the Scots at Hampden Park. Now comes an even tougher challenge there as Steve Clarke’s men have to try and contain Belgium who are perfect in the group so far. Read our Scotland v Belgium betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on September 7th, 2019 at 5:17 p.m.)
Scotland took the lead against Russia on Friday night, John McGinn getting on the board as early as the 10th minute. So that really should have set Scotland up so well to compose themselves in a game which they really needed to win. It didn’t and they went on to produce a really sloppy performance, giving the ball away to gift Russia their goals. Scotland were just totally overrun in the second half.
So that setback at Hampden Park leaves Scotland on six points, which is six points behind second-placed Russia. That’s how deflating of a defeat it was for Scotland. It’s a lot of ground to make up and now they are going to have to find a way to get competitive against Belgium. That’s not going to be an easy thing. It is back to back defeats in the qualification group now for Scotland, the defeat against Russia coming after a 3-0 loss in Belgium in June.
The Scots have taken just the one clean sheet in their qualification campaign, which started with a shocking 3-0 loss out in Kazakhstan. They are current W3 L4 in their last seven home games (competitive and friendly), conceding at least two goals in five of those seven fixtures. Scotland’s home record in their last four European Championship home games is W1 D1 L2. Both teams have scored each of Scotland’s last five home qualifiers.
Belgium took a 3-0 win in the first group meeting
The Red Devils have won the last five meetings with Scotland to nil
Scotland’s record in the head to head with Belgium is W9 D2 L1
Scotland are W0 D2 L3 at home against Belgium
Belgium are making light work of this qualification group. Five games down, and five wins from the Red Devils. They have scored at least two goals in each of those five fixtures as well, so that could spell bad news for the Scots. In total, they are averaging exactly three goals per game in qualification Group I. Belgium have conceded just one goal. On Friday night, they eased to a 4-0 away win over minnows San Marino.
It is a four-match winning streak away from home in Europan Championship qualifiers that Belgium are currently on. They have lost just one of their last seven (which was at Wales in 2015). Last September Belgium paid a visit to Hampden Park for a friendly and produced a 4-0 win. They have three players, Michy Batshuayi, Romelu Lukakua and Eden Hazard as joint top scorers in this group with three each.
Another tough night could well be in store for Scotland here. There was little quality from them against Russia and Belgium are probably going to carry a lot more attacking threat than the Russians did. Russia to win to nil.
8th September 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
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
Tough game coming up for Scotland as they take on Belgium. Scotland start in third place in the group, level on points with second-placed Russia, three being leaders Belgium. Steve Clarke got a win in his first game in charge on the weekend. A win in this one for the new boss would be absolutely massive. Read our Belgium v Scotland betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 9th, 2019 at 6:35 p.m.)
The Red Devils have had an easy time of things at the start of Euro 2020 qualification. They have beaten Russia, Cyprus and Kazakhstan, scoring eight goals in the process. Belgium have scored at least two goals in each of their last five games now. On the weekend they played host to Kazakhstan and coasted to a 3-0 win and they will be expected to top Group I at a canter. Belgium have conceded just one goal in their three qualifiers so far. They have netted exactly three goals in both of their home games so far.
So it has all been pretty routine stuff from them. They are W7 D1 L1 in their last nine games. Their only loss there was that 5-2 defeat in Switzerland in their final Nations League group match, a result which cost them the group win. Belgium has three clean sheets in their last five games. They just have so much variety in depth and the goals just continue flow from different players. Forwards Dries Mertens and Romelu Lukaku were both on target on the weekend. Eden Hazard scored two of their three goals in their 3-1 home win over Russia earlier in the group.
Belgium took a 4-0 friendly win over Scotland in September last year
The Red Devils are on a four-match winning streak against Scotland
Scotland have failed to score in their last four against Belgium.
Belgium are W8 D2 L1 in the overall head to head against the Scots
Scotland gave Steve Clarke a win in his first game in charge. They left it late though, with Oliver Burke netting in the 89th minute to give Scotland a home 2-1 win over Cyprus. That was just two minutes after conceding to the visitors when it looked as if Scotland had thrown the points away. So that was a huge sigh of relief, but they are going to come under far greater pressure in this next qualifier. This starts a tough run of games for Scotland who face Belgium and Russia in their next four group fixtures
Scotland are W4 L1 in their last five games, so they have that going for them at least. It’s been a while since they played a top team though. Really since a 3-1 home defeat in a friendly against Portugal in October, they haven’t played anyone of note. So far on their travels in the group, they have lost 3-0 at Kazakhstan and have ground out a poor 2-0 win in San Marino. Overall the Scots are W2 L2 in their last four away games.
The Red Devils should pick up the victory in this. Scotland are not likely going to be able to match up to them at all. Belgium are just full of goals and the home win to nil is a strong proposition as Scotland may struggle to get much of the ball.
9th June 2019 / lee - Category: International Football Betting
Scotland have a new man at the helm with Steve Clarke having taken over from Alex McLeish. So this will be Clarke’s first big test with the national side. This is the kind of game in which they can’t afford to drop points in their qualification group. They are at home against one of the weaker opponents. Cyprus start level on points with Scotland. Read our Scotland v Cyprus betting tips for more.
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on June 4th, 2019 at 9:22 p.m.)
The Scots have won three of their last four games now. That doesn’t seem like a bad return, but the result which got Alex McLeish the sack was their 3-0 away defeat in Kazakhstan in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier. While they ground out a 2-0 win over San Marino to follow up, the situation became untenable for McLeish. Scotland did win their Nations League group with a W3 L1 record there over Israel and Albania. That at least guarantees them a playoff place if they can’t get in the top two in their Euro 2020 qualification group.
Scotland than are level on three points with Russia, Kazakhstan and Cyprus in Group I of Euro 2020 qualification. Given that Belgium are in the group and expected to book top spot, that leaves the rest of them trying to fight for second place, which Russia is favourite to get. A win at home in this one would leave their situation looking a little bit better. Scotland have scored at least two goals in three of their last four. They have scored in all but one of their last eight fixtures.
Scotland have won all five previous games against Cyprus
Scotland’s last two wins over the Cypriots have been by a 2-1 scoreline
Both teams have scored in each of the last three meetings
All five previous meetings have gone over 2.5 goals
Cyprus will be pretty pleased if they get anything out of this. So they may turn up and look for a draw. They are in the exact same boat as the Scots, having taken three points from their opening two qualification matches. They suffered a 2-0 loss at home against Belgium, before putting a big 5-0 win on the board over San Marino. Cyprus are not a team in any kind of form really. They are W2 D2 L4 in their last eight games.
Cyprus have failed to score in two of their last three games, both of those ending in 2-0 defeats. Their recent 5-0 win over San Marino is the only clean sheet that they have managed in their last eight games. Back in their Nations League campaign Cyprus put up a W1 D2 L3 record form their six games, competing in a group alongside Norway, Bulgaria and Slovenia. They lost two of their three away games, drawing the other one.
The Scots can’t afford to mess this one up on home soil. They should get the extra spark from the new manager and this is a winnable match for them. Scotland have a good head to head record going against Cypriots and can take the win. It’s worth having a look at both teams to score in it though.
6th June 2019 / lee - Category: Euro Betting
This fixture has been made all the more interesting after Scotland’s shock heavy defeat out in Kazakhstan in midweek. It will raise the nerves and pressure on them as they make the trip to San Marino for their second Euro 2020 qualifier. An impressive away win will ease some of the tension on the Scots right now. Read our San Marino v Scotland betting tips for more.
San Marino 33/1
* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)
San Marino kicked-off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign in a heavy 5-0 loss out in Cyprus on Thursday. San Marino have played host to Scotland twice before and in each of those fixtures, they lost 2-0. The last time that San Marino and Scotland were paired up was in the World Cup 2010 qualification.
All four of the previous games between these two nations have ended in a win for Scotland and San Marino have failed to score a single goal against the Scots yet. Since the start of September San Marino have suffered seven straight defeats without managing a single goal. That is part of the bigger picture a 28 match losing streak that they are currently on.
Scotland had an absolute disaster on Thursday night in their Euro 2020 qualification opening fixture. Within 10 minutes they were 2-0 down against Kazakhstan and Scotland totally fell apart, not offering any kind of fightback. Scotland ended up suffering a 3-0 defeat which is a major setback for them in trying to get an automatic qualification place for Euro 2020. Scotland had won their two previous matches against Albania and Israel before that collapse in Kazakhstan.
The defeat in Kazakhstan was also their second loss in their last three away fixtures, the other was in Israel in their Nations League. In that loss in Israel, Scotland produced at terrible performance, which at the time looked as if couldn’t get any worse. It did against Kazakhstan. Scotland have lost four of their last five away games, only scoring in two of those five. They need a response and they may not get much easier fixture in which to do it.
Scotland have to come up with a response in this one and they are likely to do so given that San Marino fall a long way short of quality, even compared to Kazakhstan. Another Scotland 2-0 repeat correct score comes in at 6/1 for a solid proposition* (Betting Odds were taken from bet365 on March 22nd, 2019 at 8:34 p.m.)
23rd March 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