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

Scotland vs Kazakhstan prediction: Scotland 2-0 Kazakhstan

Scotland have won a football match.

On Saturday night, the Tartan Army celebrated a 2-1 away victory in Cyprus.

Now they’re targeting another victory ahead of March’s UEFA Nations League play-offs.

Will they exact revenge on Kazakhstan at Hampden?

Highlights of Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland

Highlights of Cyprus 1-2 Scotland

Highlights of Scotland 6-0 San Marino

Scotland vs Kazakhstan: Who will win?

Scotland are big favourites to win this one at 4/7.

Kazakhstan are 5/1 to beat Scotland for the second time in this campaign.

A draw, which would be a disappointing defeat for the home side, is 3/1.

Under 2.5 goals is 4/7.

Both teams to score no is 4/7.

Scotland to win and under 2/5 goals is 15/8.

Ryan Fraser

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 20: Ryan Fraser of Scotland runs with the ball during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Israel at Hampden Park on November 20, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Ian MacNicol/Getty Images)

Lawrence Shankland scored on his only other Scotland appearance at Hampden. The Dundee United forward is 3/1 to open the scoring and 13/10 to net anytime.

Ryan Christie scored a stunning in Nicosia at the weekend. He is 5/1 to score first and 9/4 to score yet again.

Aleksey Shchotkin could lead the line for the visitors. He is 9/1 to score first and 7/2 to score anytime

Yuriy Pertsukh scored the first of three when these two met in March. He is 16/1 to break the deadlock again and 7/1 to add to his solitary international goal.

Both Christie and Shankland to score is 13/2.

Both James Forrest and John McGinn to score is 12/1.

Both Abat Aimbetov and Shchotkin to score is 33/1.

Both Pertsukh and Maksim Fedin to score is 90/1.

Scotland vs Kazakhstan: Match preview

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)

After a miserable run of form, Scotland have now won back to back matches.

On Saturday, they travelled to Nicosia to take on Cyprus in a dead-rubber as neither side can qualify through Group I.

With just five minutes on the clock, a long-range effort from the hosts appeared to go over the line but this was not given by the referee’s assistant.

A let off for Scotland.

Particularly, as they went straight up the other end and then took the lead themselves.

Ryan Christie scoring his first international goal with a sumptuous curling effort from outside the area.

But, just after half time, Cyprus levelled with a thunderous volley; 1-1.

Nevertheless, moments later, Scotland went up the other end and John McGinn scored, what turned out to be, the winning goal.

2-1 it finished at GSP Stadium.

That takes them up to third in Group I on 12 points having now beaten San Marino and Cyprus home and away.

However, that’ll be nowhere near enough to qualify.

But, Scotland will be in the UEFA Nations League play-offs.

They will be Path C with a semi-final at home to Bulgaria and a final against either Norway or Serbia.

Given that Hampden Park will host UEFA Euro 2020 matches, those will be huge for Steve Clarke’s side.

Will they go into those fixtures following three straight wins?

Will Kazakhstan beat Scotland again?

Euro 2020 live streaming

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)

As for Kazakhstan, their campaign peaked way back on matchday one when they hosted Scotland at Astana Arena.

In that one, they were two up after just ten minutes; Yuriy Pertsukh and then Yan Vorogovskiy the scorers.

Baktiyar Zaynutdinov also scored early in the second half so 3-0 it finished in Nur-Sultan.

Arguably, Kazakhstan’s biggest win since becoming a FIFA member in 1992.

However, they have not been able to build on that.

Since, they’ve only amassed seven more points, six of which have come against San Marino with the other being won in a 1-1 draw in Cyprus.

On Saturday in Serravalle, they ended a run of four games without a win by beating San Marino 3-1.

Zaynutdinov, Gafurzhan Suyumbayev and Aleksey Shchotkin all scoring in the first 27 minutes.

So they are currently down in fifth in Group I, below Cyprus on head to head and two points below their hosts.

Unlike Scotland, they will not get a UEFA Nations League play-off.

This time last year, they amassed just six points in Group D1, finishing second above Latvia and Andorra but ten points below group-winners Georgia.

That means they finished down in eighth in the Nations League D overall rankings with only the top four advancing to the play-offs.

Can Michal Bílek’s side surprise Scotland again?

Scotland team news vs Kazakhstan

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – SEPTEMBER 07: Kieran Tierney of Scotland during the International Friendly match between Scotland and Belgium on September 7, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Matthew Ashton – AMA/Getty Images)

Steve Clarke is without at least six players who would have genuine chance of being in his best XI.

Nevertheless, after a decent performance in Nicosia, he’s unlikely to make too many changes here.

With no Scott Bain, Craig Gordon or Allan McGregor, David Marshall is the undisputed number one goalkeeper.

Liam Palmer now appears to be the first-choice right-back ahead of Stephen O’Donnell.

At centre-back, there is no Liam Cooper, Stuart Findlay, John Souttar, Grant Hanley or Charlie Mulgrew.

Scott McKenna is the outstanding candidate to start.

Declan Gallagher started alongside him, making his debut at the weekend, but McKenna’s regular Aberdeen partner Mikey Devlin is likely to start this one.

At left-back, both captain Andy Robertson and Kieran Tierney are injured so Celtic’s Greg Taylor will keep his place.

In midfield, Scott McTominay is unavailable through injury.

Rangers’ Ryan Jack started a competitive international for the first time in Cyprus and will keep his place.

Celtic trio Callum McGregor, James Forrest and goalscorer Ryan Christie will all also start.

As will John McGinn who’ll be looking to add to his four goals in his last two internationals.

Stuart Armstrong, John Fleck and Kenny McLean make up the array of midfield options.

Up front, Steven Naismith of Heart of Midlothian got the nod last time out.

However, due to his recent injury issues, he probably can not start two games in 72 hours or so.

Dundee United’s Lawrence Shankland would probably get another opportunity but he is injured.

Thus, Oli Burke is likely to lead the line; Oli McBurnie is the other option.

Will Scotland beat Kazakhstan? This time.

Kazakhstan team news vs Scotland

NEWPORT, WALES – SEPTEMBER 30: General view as heavy rain falls during the Guinness PRO14 match between Dragons and Southern Kings at Rodney Parade on September 30, 2017 in Newport, Wales. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

As for Kazakhstan, Michal Bílek will name an unchanged line-up from the side that started in San Marino.

In goal, Dmytro Nepohodov will win his 11th cap, keeping his place ahead of Stas Pokatilov.

It’ll be the usual back three of Serhiy Malyi, Aleksandr Marochkin and Dmitri Shomko.

Gafurzhan Suyumbayev and Yan Vorogovskiy will continue as the wing-backs.

The latter is just one of two squad members who do not play in the Kazakh Premier League.

He plays in the Belgian second division for K Beerschot VA.

Islambek Kuat and Askhat Tagybergen will anchor the midfield.

Further forward, Bauyrzhan Islamkhan and Baktiyar Zaynutdinov will be tasked with supporting the loan front man Aleksey Shchotkin.

Nobody expected Kazakhstan to beat Scotland in March.

They can’t do it again can they?

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Kazakhstan

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Kazakhstan

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Kazakhstan.

Predicted Kazakhstan line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Kazakhstan line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Kazakhstan line-up vs Scotland.

Highlights of San Marino 0-2 Scotland

Highlights of Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

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Highlights of Scotland 1-2 Russia

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Highlights of Belgium 3-0 Kazakhstan

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Kazakhstan

The latest tweets from Kazakhstan pre Scotland

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

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