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

Scotland vs Russia prediction: Scotland 1-2 Russia

A huge three days ahead for the Tartan Army.

If Scotland are to have any chance of finishing in the top two of this group, they must get positive results in this month’s double header.

Will it be a famous Friday night at Hampden or will Russia leave Glasgow victorious?


Highlights of Scotland 2-1 Cyprus

Highlights of Belgium 3-0 Scotland

Scotland vs Russia: Who will win?

Scotland, despite home advantage, are the underdogs at 9/5 to claim victory in this one.

Russia meanwhile are the favourites at 13/8 to win this one.

A draw, which would probably suit the visitors, is 19/10.

Over 2.5 goals is 6/4.

Both teams to score is evens.

Russia to win and both teams to score is 11/2.

Scotland to win and both teams to score is 6/1.

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)

James Forrest has scored five international goals, all of which came in November 2018. The Celtic man is 17/2 to break the deadlock and 7/2 to add to his tally.

Ryan Fraser will also be a threat. He is 9/1 to score first and 4/1 to add to his one international goal.

Artem Dzyuba has 20 goals for Russia including nine since the start of 2018. The Zenit Saint Petersburg striker is 4/1 to open the scoring and 2/1 to score yet again.

Denis Cheryshev was the star of the World Cup last year, netting four times in that tournament. The Valencia winger is 7/1 to score first and 16/5 to score anytime.

Both Ryan Fraser and Ryan Christie to score is 25/1.

Both John McGinn and Oliver McBurnie to score is 28/1.

Both Cheryshev and Dzyuba to score is 12/1.

Both Aleksandr Golovin and Anton Miranchuk to score is 25/1.

Scotland vs Russia: 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)

Scotland are still playing catch up after their catastrophic start to this campaign.

In their first match back in March, they slumped to an embarrassing 3-0 defeat in Nur-Sultan against Kazakhstan.

Scotland have played 272 competitive internationals in their history and many believe that to be their very worst defeat.

Three days later, goals from Kenny McLean and then Johnny Russell saw them to a 2-0 victory in Serravalle over San Marino, the side ranked 211th and joint-last in the FIFA World Rankings.

That was not enough to see Alex McLeish keep his job and he was sacked with Steve Clarke coming in to replace him.

The Clarke era began at home to Cyprus in a must-win game in June.

Andrew Robertson fired his side in front after an hour before disaster, Cyprus equalised from a corner in the 87th minute.

But, less than 100 seconds later, Oli Burke tapped home a rebound to seal three precious points.

Three days later, the Tartan Army travelled to Brussels to face the number one ranked side in the world, Belgium.

They held out until first half stoppage time before succumbing to a, not at all surprising, 3-0 defeat.

However, that does leave Scotland with only six points, three points outside the top two and the qualification places.

After this game, on Monday they host Belgium in another daunting fixture.

Chances are, if Scotland are to finish in the top two, it’s going to have to be at Russia’s expense.

That makes their trip to the Luzhniki Stadium in October and this home match vitally important.

Can Scotland revitalise their hopes of qualifying through this group?

They’re going to need a win to do it.

Will Russia silence Hampden?

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – JUNE 14: Aleksandr Golovin of Russia celebrates victory 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)

As for Russia, they could hardly have asked for any better from the last 18 months or so.

Last summer on home soil, wins over Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Spain saw them reach the World Cup quarter-finals for the first time since 1970.

There, they lost in a penalty shootout to eventual finalists Croatia in Sochi.

Then followed the UEFA Nations League.

Russia started brilliantly in that, winning 2-1 in Turkey, drawing 0-0 with Sweden and then beating Turkey again this time 2-0 at home.

But, in their very final match, they were beaten 2-0 in Sweden so had to settle for second place in League B2.

They are still likely to get a UEFA Nations League play-off place if they need one but will be hoping and expecting to qualify automatically through this group.

Their first match of this campaign could hardly have been any tougher.

Despite a brilliant goal by Denis Cheryshev, they were simply outclassed in Brussels by Belgium, losing 3-1.

Since then though, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men have won all three outings and have not conceded a goal.

They bounce back from that loss in Belgium immediately with a 4-0 victory in Kazakhstan.

Then in June, it was back to back home wins.

First, four goals from Artem Dzyuba helped them to a 9-0 demolition of San Marino in Saransk; their biggest win since the Soviet Union won 10-0 in Finland in August 1957.

Then, came a far more close affair in Nizhny Novgorod; Aleksei Ionov’s goal sealing a 1-0 victory over Cyprus.

Nevertheless, they are still in a strong position, three points clear of Scotland and Kazakhstan.

A win here, and they’d be firmly in control of their own destiny.

Krestovsky Stadium in Saint Petersburg will host Euro 2020 matches next summer.

Will Russia take a big step to being there with a win at Hampden?

Scotland team news vs Russia

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)

Scotland are certainly not at full strength but Steve Clarke will still feel has can put a side out capable of competing with Russia.

It’s been all change in goal through.

All in the last year, Allan McGregor has retired from international duty, Scott Bain has fractured his thumb and Craig Gordon has lost his place at Celtic so is not in the squad.

That all means David Marshall, who joined Wigan from Hull in the summer, will wear the number one jersey.

In defence, centre-backs John Souttar, Scott McKenna and Grant Hanley are all injured.

Thus, Mikey Devlin of Aberdeen and Liam Cooper of Leeds United are both expected to make their international debuts.

Stephen O’Donnell will start at right-back essentially because there is no one else and, with Kieran Tierney out, captain Andy Robertson will be the left-back.

In contrast to the defence, Scotland can boast a plethora of exciting midfield options.

The three who are expected to get the nod are Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Celtic duo Callum McGregor and Ryan Christie.

That would mean that all of Scott McTominay, who’s starting for Manchester United at the moment, Kenny McLean, Ryan Jack and Stuart Armstrong are left out.

Out-wide, the deadly duo who scored six goals between them in November 2018 will be hoping to be dangerous once more.

James Forrest has 24 goals and 25 assists for Celtic since the start of last season.

Ryan Fraser meanwhile has notched up 8 goals and 16 assists for Bournemouth down south in the same time frame.

Up front, there is no Leigh Griffiths or Oli Burke.

Oli McBurnie, who recently scored his first Premier League goal, is likely to lead the line in search of his first international goal.

Steven Naismith and Johnny Russell are the other options.

Can this side secure a massive victory at Hampden?

Russia team news vs Scotland

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)

As for the visitors, Stanislav Cherchesov’s squad is full of experienced players.

There will be a relatively new face in goal though.

After winning 111 caps, CSKA Moscow captain Igor Akinfeev retired after the World Cup.

So, Brazilian born Lokomotiv Moscow shot-stopper Guilherme Marinato is the number one now and will win his ninth cap for his adopted nation.

Another Brazilian who became a Russian international, Mário Fernandes, will be at right-back as always.

Left-back Fyodor Kudryashov is the other experienced man at the back having won 30 caps.

In midfield, there is no Alan Dzagoev who is injured but Magomed Ozdoyev and Roman Zobnin will sit in front of the back four.

Ahead of them are the two members of this squad who do not play for a Russian Premier League club.

Aleksandr Golovin of AS Monaco will be central; he netted a stunning goal in the World Cup opener against Saudi Arabia.

Out-wide will be Valencia’s Denis Cheryshev.

He’s shone for his country recently, scoring four times at the World Cup, twice in the UEFA Nations League and three times already in this qualification campaign.

Their main man for goals through is Artem Dzyuba of FC Zenit Saint Petersburg.

He has scored 20 international goals including nine in his last 13 appearance although that is skewed by the fact he got four at home to San Marino in June.

Will this experienced, streetwise side prove to be too strong for Scotland?

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia

Predicted Scotland line-up vs Russia.

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland

Predicted Russia line-up vs Scotland.

Highlights of Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland

Highlights of San Marino 0-2 Scotland

Highlights of Belgium 3-1 Russia

Highlights of Russia 9-0 San Marino

The latest tweets from Scotland pre Russia

The latest tweets from Russia pre Scotland

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

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