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Scotland vs Portugal betting tips: International friendly match preview & predictions

Scotland vs Portugal prediction: Scotland 0-3 Portugal

Scotland were embarrassed on Thursday night so Alex McLeish will be desperate for a response.

However, Portugal are of course European Champions and are still a top side.

Fernando Santos’ Portugal made a perfect start to their UEFA Nations League campaign and will be looking to keep the momentum going.

Who will come out on top at Hampden?

Scotland flag

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JANUARY 31: The scottish flag is seen during the Scottish League Cup Semi-Final match between Dundee United and Aberdeen at Hampden Park on January 31, 2015 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Scotland vs Portugal: Who will win?

The Tartan Army are a big 3/1 to come out on top.

Portugal are odds on at 10/11 to leave Glasgow with a win.

A draw is 9/4.

Steven Naismith has been Scotland’s main goal threat recently. The Hearts’ man is 13/2 to score first and 9/4 to score anytime.

Seleção’s main forward right now is André Silva. He’s 9/2 to score first and 6/4 to leave Hampden with a goal.

Both André Silva and Bruno Fernandes to score is 13/2.

Scotland vs Portugal: Match preview

What a difference one game can make.

Alex McLeish had been under a bit of pressure after friendly defeats to Costa Rica, Peru and Mexico earlier this year.

They began last month’s double header with a 4-0 home humbling at the hands of Belgium and confidence must have been at rock bottom.

They needed a big performance in their first competitive game since McLeish re-took over as they hosted Albania in their UEFA Nations League opener.

It was a comfortable night, an own goal and a Steven Naismith header, saw them to a 2-0 victory and all was well again.

They headed to Haifa on Thursday night, knowing that a win over Israel would put them in a commanding position in Group C1.

Israel had only beaten Bosnia, Andorra, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Latvia Georgia and Malta in home competitive internationals this decade.

Surely Scotland will win this right?

It looked that way, when Charlie Mulgrew tucked away a spot-kick midway through the first half.

However, it all fell apart for them after the interval.

They were rocked by Dor Peretz’s equaliser in the fiftieth minute and just 10 minutes later young John Souttar was sent off for a second booking.

They couldn’t cope with only ten-men and late on, Kieran Tierney was really unfortunate to score an own goal and the match finished 2-1.

McLiesh is under pressure again and, with a double header in Albania and against Israel to come, they cannot afford another battering like they got against Belgium here.

Rui Patricio

SOCHI, RUSSIA – JUNE 15: Portugal goalkeeper Rui Patricio in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Spain at Fisht Stadium on June 15, 2018 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

No Ronaldo? no problem!

In contrast, it’s all going well for Portugal.

It’s fair to say they underwhelmed in Russia, winning just one game and, crashing out in the last 16 to Uruguay.

However, it’s all gone well since.

They opened their UEFA Nations League campaign against Italy at Estádio da Luz last month.

André Silva scored the only goal of the game in one of the most one sided 1-0 wins you’re ever likely to see.

On Thursday, they headed to Chorzów to take on Poland.

The Stadion Śląski erupted when Krzysztof Piątek headed in his first international goal after just 18 minutes.

Portugal were behind.

However, they responded brilliantly.

Another for André Silva, an own goal and a stunner by Bernardo Silva saw them lead 3-1.

Jakub Błaszczykowski did pull one back late on, but Portugal held on to make it 6 points out of 6 in Group A3.

That result means they are all but into the UEFA Nations League finals next June; another chance for some silverware.

Can they keep the momentum going?

Scotland team news vs Portugal

Andrew Robertson

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 03: New Scotland Captain Andy Robertson and Scotland manager Alex McLeish are seen during a Scotland training session ahead of their International friendly match against Belgium at Orium Performance Centre on September 3, 2018 in Edinburgh, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

This season, McLeish has been rotating his goalkeepers.

Rangers’ Allan McGregor has started both Nations League games but Craig Gordon was in the net for the friendly defeat to Belgium.

The Celtic number 1 is expected to start once again.

Right wing-back Stephen O’Donnell has been one of the bright sparks of their Nations League campaign.

The Kilmarnock man is set to win his sixth cap.

On the other side, the Tierney/ Robertson debate rumbles on.

The Scotland captain said in the week that the current system ‘gets the best out of neither of them’.

However, McLeish needs both of his best two players playing and there is no reason to suspect the set up will change.

There may be a different change at the back though; Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna may be given a chance.

Likewise, Manchester United’s Scott McTominay should come into midfield.

James Forrest has been on fire for Celtic lately; scoring 4 in a half in the 6-0 thrashing of St Johnstone last Sunday.

However, where do you fit him into this system?

It’s a conundrum McLeish has to solve.

And, with no Leigh Griffiths, it’s another chance for Steven Naismith to start.

A brace for him would make him just the 21st Scotland player to get into double figures of international goals for the Tartan Army.

Portugal should be too good in this one though.

Portugal team news vs Scotland

Cristiano Ronaldo Portugal World Cup

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 20: Cristiano Ronaldo of Portugal celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group B match between Portugal and Morocco at Luzhniki Stadium on June 20, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

For Portugal, there’s no Cristiano Ronaldo of course.

Nevertheless, the show must go on, even without their captain.

Rui Patrício of Wolves would have won his 77th cap for his country, but has been sent back to his club due to “physical problems”.

Either Veteran Göztepe goalkeeper Beto or Cláudio Ramos, who’s never played for Portugal before, will come in. It’s likely that they’ll get a half each.

Bernardo Silva was also sent back to Manchester City; neither injury is thought to be serious.

At right-back, João Cancelo has displaced Southampton’s Cédric Soares this season.

35 year-old Pepe, of Beşiktaş, is still their best centre-back.

He’ll get a rest though meaning it’ll be an in-experienced pairing at the back.

Rúben Neves was outstanding in Poland on Thursday evening and will win his ninth cap at Hampden.

Bruno Fernandes, of Sporting, is highly thought of too and will join him in midfield.

In Thursday’s Nations League game, they started with a trio of Silvas up front.

Rafa, Bernardo and André.

The latter André, has 7 goals in 8 La Liga games for new club Sevilla and, two in two Nations League games.

However, his two namesakes will both drop out.

Another Wolves man Hélder Costa should make his international debut with Gonçalo Guedes starting on the other side.

This is a strong side that should have far too much for Scotland.

Predicted Scotland team vs Portugal

Predicted Portugal team vs Scotland

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Portugal

The latest tweets from Portugal pre Scotland

All odds mentioned in this article are correct at the time of publishing and are subject to change.

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