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Armenia vs Scotland betting tips: UEFA Nations League preview, predictions and odds

These two met for the very first time six nights ago with Scotland winning 2-0. However, against sides currently in League A or B, the Tartan Army have only won three of their last 17 competitive games away from Hampden, beating Austria last September, Czech Republic in 2020 and Albania in 2018.

Under 2.5 goals is 8/11.

Draw and both teams to score is 5/1.

Eduard Spertsyan is 16/1 to break the deadlock and 6/1 to add to his goal against Ireland with one here. 

Match preview

Scotland and Armenia had never met this time last week, but will now go head-to-head for the second time in just six nights.

Last Wednesday, the Dark Blues cruised to victory at Hampden courtesy of first half headers from Anthony Ralston and then Scott McKenna.

Now, 3,920 KMs east in Yerevan, will Armenia be able to make home advantage count?

Either side of that commanding victory, Scotland have suffered two bitterly disappointing, morale crushing defeats.

First, the Tartan Army's hopes of a first World Cup since France '98 went up in flames, losing 3-1 to Ukraine at home in a play-off semi-final.

Then, on Saturday, Scotland made the short trip to Dublin to take on a Republic of Ireland side who'd never won a UEFA Nations League match.

Well, that statistic was spectacularly shattered with the Irish running out 3-0 winners and, in all honesty, it could easily have been more.

Without a shadow of a doubt, that was their worst performance since the infamous drubbing in Kazakhstan, after which Alex McLeish was sacked three years ago.

Having taken Scotland to their first major tournament for 23 years last summer, Steve Clarke's job isn't on the line just yet, but the pressure has been cranked up.

If the Dark Blues harbour any hopes of catching Ukraine at the top of this group, they simply cannot afford to drop points here.

Armenia meanwhile are competing in Nations League B for the very first time, having achieved back-to-back promotions.

The Mountaineers then enjoyed a dream start to life at this level, beating Ireland 1-0 at home, thanks to Eduard Spertsyan stunning strike.

However, Joaquín Caparrós' side have since crashed back down to earth, beaten 2-0 in Glasgow and then 3-0 in Łódź by Ukraine at the weekend.

Nevertheless, Armenia are capable of causing an upset in Yerevan, beating Romania, Iceland, North Macedonia and Bosnia since September 2019.

So, will the home fans at Vazgen Sargsyan Republican Stadium be celebrating another impressive scalp.

Armenia team news

Talisman Henrikh Mkhitaryan has retired, while the man they've recruited to replace him Lucas Zelarayán has withdrawn due to injury.

So, Eduard Spertsyan, who scored the winner against Ireland, and Tigran Barseghyan will remain their biggest goal threats.

Sargis Adamyan, who won the Belgian title on loan at Club Brugge this season, will continue to complete the front three.

Varazdat Haroyan, of Cádiz in La Liga, will continue to be their leader in defence, even if left-back Kamo Hovhannisyan wears the armband.

In goal, David Yurchenko has only missed one international since his debut in September 2020.

Defender Taron Voskanyan and midfielder Artak Grigoryan started when Rangers visited this stadium for a Europa League qualifier in August.

Scotland team news

Kieran Tierney is out long-term, while Liam Cooper and Lyndon Dykes have withdrawn from the squad since the games have got going.

Scott McKenna started the last two matches, in Tierney's position of left-centre-back, but picked up an injury in the Emerald Isle on Saturday.

So, John Souttar, who was impressive at home to Armenia, will come in, probably alongside Jack Hendry and Grant Hanley.

Anthony Ralston also shone last Wednesday, but do not be surprised if Nathan Patterson or Aaron Hickey return at right-wing-back.

Celtic captain Callum McGregor may have played 5,276 minutes for club and country this season, but will add 90 in this, his final game of the campaign.

Billy Gilmour and Stuart Armstrong are expected to return to the XI, possibly in place of Ryan Christie and Scott McTominay.

John McGinn is the top-scorer in the squad with 12, although his last 15 caps have yielded just two goals.

With Dykes out, Ché Adams will be the lone front man.

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Ben Gray

Ben Gray

Arsenal fan – follow them over land and sea (and Leicester); sofa Celtic supporter; a bit of a football '"encyclopedia".

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