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Russia vs Scotland betting tips: Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview & predictions

Russia vs Scotland prediction: Russia 2-0 Scotland

It’s been a dismal 2019 for Scotland.

The Tartan Army lost a double-header of home matches last month so are all but out of contention for UEFA Euro 2020 qualification, automatically at least.

They do have March’s UEFA Nations League C play-offs to look forward to so, it is vital they build some sort of momentum ahead of that.

Can they get a result away to the World Cup quarter-finalists?

Highlights of Scotland 1-2 Russia

Russia vs Scotland: Who will win?

Russia are massive odds on favourites to come out on top in this match at 1/2.

Scotland meanwhile are a massive 6/1 to leave Moscow victorious.

A draw is 13/5.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score no is 8/15.

Russia to win and to keep a clean sheet is 11/10.

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JULY 01: Artem Dzyuba of Russia is challenged by Gerard Piqué of Spain during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Round of 16 match between Spain and Russia at Luzhniki Stadium on July 1, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Artem Dzyuba has been on fine form recently, scoring six goals in his last five international appearances. Their captain is 14/5 to break the deadlock and 6/5 to score anytime.

Denis Cheryshev meanwhile has netted nine time in the last 16 months including four times at the last World Cup. The Valencia winger is 9/2 to open the scoring and 21/10 to add to his international tally.

James Forrest could be a danger man for Scotland. He is 16/1 to score first and 13/2 to net anytime.

Ryan Fraser on the other wing will be hoping to cause problems. He is 18/1 to open the scoring and 15/2 to score anytime.

Both Cheryshev and Dzyuba to score is 6/1.

Both Aleksandr Golovin and Dzyuba to score is 15/2.

Both Ryan Christie and Lawrence Shankland to score is 33/1.

Both Fraser and Forrest to score is 65/1.

Russia vs Scotland: Match preview

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Aleksandr Golovin of Russia celebrates victory with team mate Denis Cheryshev of Russia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

It’s been a very good year and a half for Russia.

Last summer, victories over Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain saw them reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup on home soil before they lost to eventual finalists Croatia.

Then, in the UEFA Nations League, they finished second in-between Sweden and Turkey to remain in League B.

This qualification campaign didn’t start perfectly though.

Despite an early goal from Denis Cheryshev, they were beaten 3-1 in Brussels by Belgium.

Nevertheless, since then, they’ve been flawless, winning five matches out of five.

That includes a 9-0 demolition of San Marino in Saransk; their biggest win since the Soviet Union beat Finland 10-0 in 1957.

Last month they came from behind to win 2-1 in Glasgow before a narrow 1-0 win over Kazakhstan.

They needed an 89th minute goal from right-back Mário Fernandes to win the latter in Kaliningrad.

All of that means Russia are second in Group I on 15 points, eight points clear of third.

If Stanislav Cherchesov’s side make it six wins on the bounce, they could book their place at a major finals for the 23rd time.

This match will take place in front of 81,000 fans at the iconic Luzhniki Stadium, the venue of last year’s World Cup Final.

Will the locals in Moscow be celebrating a place at Euro 2020?

Can Scotland cause a huge upset?

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)

As for Scotland, they are certainly not enjoying this campaign as much as their hosts.

Since matchday one when Alex McLeish’s side lost 3-0 in Kazakhstan, they’ve looked condemned to misery.

Last month they lost the reverse match of this fixture 2-1, despite taking the lead after just ten minutes through John McGinn.

Then, three days later, also at a half empty Hampden, Belgium were in town and the world’s number one side left with an easy 4-0 victory.

That leaves Scotland down in fifth place on just six points, with their only wins coming in San Marino and at home to Cyprus.

After this, they host San Marino, visit Cyprus and finish at home to Kazakhstan; realistic opportunities for points.

However, these qualifiers are purely academic as Scotland are not going to qualify directly.

But, they do have that afore mentioned UEFA Nations League C play-off place in March to fall back on.

As that’s now their only route to the Euros, Steve Clarke will just be hoping to build some confidence in these final four matches of 2019.

Can his side get a moral boosting point or even all three in Moscow?

Russia team news vs Scotland

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Aleksandr Golovin of Russia scores his sides fifth goal from a free-kick during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow, Russia. (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Stanislav Cherchesov’s side is settled at the moment and he’ll go as strong as possible as they look to secure qualification in this match.

After last year’s World Cup,Igor Akinfeev, who had been number one for over ten years, retired with 111 caps to his name.

Since, Brazilian born Guilherme has been first choice and the Lokomotiv Moscow shot-stopper will be in the sticks once more, winning his 11th cap.

Another member of the squad who was not born in Russia, Mário Fernandes will start at right-back.

He is also a Brazilian native and he scored the crucial winning goal in their last qualifier against Kazakhstan.

Former Chelsea man Yuri Zhirkov will be at left-back despite the fact he is now 36 years of age.

Ilzat Akhmetov and Magomed Ozdoyev will sit in front of the defence, chosen ahead of Daler Kuzyayev and Pavel Mogilevets.

Roman Zobnin would probably start but he is out with injury.

Further forward, Denis Cheryshev and Aleksandr Golovin will both start.

They play for Valencia and AS Monaco respectively making them the only squad members who do not ply their trade in the Russian Premier League.

Aleksei Ionov is expected to make up the attacking trio with Alan Dzagoev still out with a cruciate ligament Injury.

The in-form captain Artem Dzyuba will lead the line.

The Zenit Saint Petersburg man has 29 international goals in 38 caps including six goals in 2019 and ten since the start of the World Cup.

He was on target at Hampden just four weeks ago so will he help Russia sink Scotland once again?

Scotland team news vs Russia

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Kieran Tierney during the match between Scotland and Belgium in September 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

As for Scotland, as always their squad is littered with withdrawals.

In the last year, Allan McGregor has retired from international duty and Craig Gordon and Scott Bain have both lost their place in the Celtic team.

Thus, Wigan Athletic’s David Marshall is back in as number one goalkeeper.

In defence, Kieran Tierney has been left out so he can focus on his fitness back down at Arsenal.

Thus, the Tierney-Robertson debate is left for another day and the captain will start at left-back.

More damagingly though, they’re also without Liam Cooper, Grant Hanley, David Bates, Scott McKenna and John Souttar at the heart of their defence.

Thus, Charlie Mulgrew is expected to be partnered by Mikey Devlin who would win his first international cap.

The other options are also uncapped; Stuart Findlay and Declan Gallagher.

Stephen O’Donnell will start at right-back, despite the fact he scored an own goal in the reverse fixture, basically because there is nobody else.

In midfield, there is no Ryan Jack, Stuart Armstrong or Tom Cairney.

Scott McTominay, who’s started every Premier League game for Manchester United so far, will start as the more defensive option.

John McGinn and Callum McGregor are also likely to get the nod but that would mean talented players Ryan Christie and Kenny McLean would be left out.

John Fleck of Sheffield United could win his first international cap if given an opportunity.

Out-wide, James Forrest and Ryan Fraser were the stars of the UEFA Nations League and both will be hoping to be dangerous here too.

Oliver Burke is likely to lead the line; he is on loan at Deportivo Alavés in La Liga from West Bromwich Albion.

Oliver McBurnie has pulled out the squad due to injury, leaving Johnny Russell and, most interestingly, Lawrence Shankland are other options.

The latter has 13 goals in eight league appearances for Championship Dundee United this season and could win his first cap.

Will this side cause a big upset in Moscow?

It seems unlikely.

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland.

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia.

Highlights of Scotland 0-4 Belgium

Highlights of Belgium 3-0 Scotland

Highlights of Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

Highlights of San Marino 0-2 Scotland

Highlights of Belgium 3-1 Russia

Highlights of Russia 9-0 San Marino

The latest tweets from Russia pre Scotland

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Russia

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

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