Scotland v Slovakia Betting Tips
England look to have sewn up top spot in Group F but there is plenty still to play for in terms of the race for a playoff spot.
Slovakia are the side currently in second place and can guarantee they’ll finish there if they beat Scotland on Thursday night and England beat Slovenia at Wembley. That second permutation is outside of Slovakia’s hands and the first one is certainly no gimme against Gordon Strachan’s side.
Scotland have already suffered some heart-breaking moments in qualifying but with games against two of the sides above them still to come, they know that two of their biggest performances will at least give them a chance of a World Cup spot.
Scotland Can Keep the Dream Alive in Front of Raucous Hampden Park
Hampden Park has not always been great home for the Scottish national team. There is a feeling that the stadium does not hold an atmosphere and there are also issues with the pricing policy for Thursday but such is the size of the occasion that it will be rocking come kick-off.
That atmosphere can drive Scotland on to a huge win.
Scotland have not lost any of their four home games while Slovakia lost to both England and Slovenia on their travels. Moreover, Slovakia still have a chance to make it to the World Cup should they lose, whereas Scotland simply must win.
There will be a sense of tension and nerves for the home side to overcome but they should be able to just that and get revenge on Slovakia for the 3-0 defeat they inflicted earlier in qualifying by winning at 13/10 with Bet365.
Stats Suggest Betting on Goals a Must
there is always a tendency to think there won’t be too much action in these sort of tense matches. We don’t see that being the case on Thursday.
Scotland have not found goals too hard to come by in qualifying (they’ve scored in all their home games), it’s their defence that’s let them down.
Strachan watched on in despair as his side threw away a lead against England at Hampden Park in the summer and if anything costs them against Slovakia it will be that defence.
Slovakia have 14 goals to their name and will fancy their chances of scoring on Thursday. So, make sure to have a bet on both teams to score at 9/10 with BetVictor.
Ján Kozák will tell his players that their best chance of beating Scotland is by quieting the Hampden Park crowd. The best way of doing that is by grabbing an early goal while Scotland too will be looking to impose themselves on the game as early as possible.
That makes a bet on over 1.5 first half goals look worth a play at 27/10 with Coral and it could also pay to bet on the first half having more goals than the second which is 5/2 with Ladbrokes.
Can Phillips Step Up During Scotland’s Injury Problems?
Gordon Strachan has largely been able to turn the Scotland ship around by picking players who are playing well in the Scottish Premiership. The team has a very strong Celtic element in it but Strachan cannot call on Scott Brown or Stuart Armstrong who have been so impressive in midfield.
With Leigh Griffiths potentially missing our as well Strachan needs other players to step up. Could Matt Phillips be the man to do just that?
The West Brom midfielder was wonderful for Scotland against Lithuania and made his home debut in the win over Malta thanks to the support of Strachan. Phillips has told the press that he now has to repay the manager’s faith and he can do just that by scoring on Thursday evening at odds of 9/2 with Paddy Power.