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San Marino vs Scotland betting tips: UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifier match preview and predictions

San Marino vs Scotland prediction: San Marino 0-3 Scotland

What a disaster that was.

After a promising UEFA Nations League campaign there was, for once, a sense of optimism surrounding the Scottish Nations Team.

It’s all gone now.

Thursday afternoon’s 3-0 defeat in Astana to Kazakhstan leaves them, already, off the pace in this group.

The worst night in Scottish football history?

Quite possibly so.

Failure to win here would top that though so surely even Scotland won’t drop points in San Marino.

San Marino vs Scotland: Who will win?

San Marino have never won any of the 141 competitive games they’ve ever played.

They are 65/1 to change that record here.

Scotland won their last trip to San Marino 2-0 in 2000 and are 1/66 to repeat that here.

A draw, which would still be a major surprise, is 18/1.

Over 2.5 goals is 2/9.

Both teams to score no is 1/4.

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)

Marco Bernardi will lead the line for the home side searching for his first international goal. He’s 25/1 to score first and 10/1 to net anytime.

Johnny Russell will be after his first Scotland goal. The Sporting Kansas City forward is 7/2 to break the deadlock and 5/6 to score anytime.

James Forrest has 5 goals in his last 3 Scotland games. The Celtic winger is 4/1 to score first and 11/10 to get his sixth international goal.

Both Oli Burke and Johnny Russell to score is 2/1.

Both Burke and James Forrest to score is 12/5.

Both Johnny Russell and James Forrest to score is 16/5.

San Marino vs Scotland: Match preview

San Marino’s miserable form continues.

On Thursday, they went down 5-0 in Nicosia to Cyprus.

That follows a UEFA Nations League campaign in which they lost all 6 League D games, finishing last out of all 55 European nations.

This means that, their record in competitive games is: lost 138, drawn 3, won zero.

The last time they avoided defeat was in November 2014 against Estonia in Euro 2016 qualifying.

The other two teams they’ve taken a point off are Turkey in 1993 and Latvia in 2001.

Even if they were to score here it would be an historic moment.

They couldn’t pull something off could they?

Hampden Park

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – JUNE 07: A general view during the Scotland training session at Hampden Park on June 7, 2017 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

As for Scotland, where do they go from here?

That 3-0 defeat in Astana to Kazakhstan will live long in the memory, for all the wrong reasons.

With Belgium and Russia also in this group, they could not afford slip ups if they’re to finish above one of those two.

What has been lingering over them since the autumn though is the play-off place.

The fact that they finished above Israel and Albania in UEFA Nations League C1, means they have guaranteed a League C play-off spot.

That’s just as well because it already looks unlikely that they’ll qualify automatically.

Nevertheless, they need to play better to avoid further humiliation here.

Not even Scotland could lose to San Marino. Surely!

San Marino team news vs Scotland

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ROME, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 22: A general view of UEFA Euro Trophy in the Stadio Olinpico during the UEFA Euro Roma 2020 Official Logo unveiling at Palazzo delle Armi on September 22, 2016 in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Paolo Bruno/Getty Images)

Despite Thursday’s defeat, Franco Varrella’s isn’t expected to make too many changes to his side.

13 members of his squad play their club football in the part-time domestic league.

The other 10 play in Serie B, C or D in Italy.

Elia Benedettini will win his 15th cap in goal.

He’s taken over from veteran Aldo Simoncini who retired last year with 60 caps to his name.

There will be a Simoncini in the side though.

His brother Davide Simoncini will captain the side from centre-back.

Mirko Palazzi is one of just 3 squad members who has scored an international goal.

He scored their last goal, in a 5-1 defeat in Azerbaijan, back in October 2017.

Up front, 18 year old Nicola Nanni will play for the fourth time for his country.

Filippo Berardi, who’s only 21, will partner him.

Can this XI pull off the most unlikely of upsets?

Scotland team news vs San Marino

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 19: Scott McTominay looks on during a Scotland Training Session at Hampden Park on November 19, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

As for Scotland, despite Thursday’s dismal display, not too many changes are expected either.

That’s partially due to the fact 11 players have pulled out due to injury.

Scott Bain will once again be in goal.

Thursday was the first time since 2005 that not one of Craig Gordon, David Marshall or Allan McGregor had been in goal for a competitive match.

In defence, captain Andy Robertson should return after missing the trip to Astana due to a dental emergency.

Fellow left-back Kieran Tierney is out with a hip injury.

There could be two further changes to the defence.

John Souttar should be fit enough to displace David Bates at centre-back.

At right-back, Callum Paterson could not play in the artificial pitch but could come in for debutant Liam Palmer.

It’s likely to be the same midfield trio with Ryan Christie and Ryan Jack both out.

Manchester United’s Scott McTominay could come off the bench once again.

Out wide Ryan Fraser, who also could not play on the 4G surface, could come back in.

This would be a major boost as he’s got an impressive 7 goals and 11 assists for Bournemouth this season.

Up front, Johnny Russell could come in for Oli McBurnie.

Since joining Sporting Kansas City in January 2018, Russell has scored 13 goals for the MLS club.

Will he, or his teammates, rack up the goals here?

Predicted San Marino team vs Scotland

Predicted San Marino line-up vs Scotland.

Predicted Scotland team vs San Marino

Predicted Scotland line-up vs San Marino.

The latest tweets from San Marino pre Scotland

The latest tweets from Scotland pre San Marino

Highlights from Scotland’s qualifier defeat vs Kazakhstan

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

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