Russia v Scotland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 09, 2019
Luzhniki Stadium - Euro 2020 Qualification
Scotland look to overturn a losing streak that has seen Steve Clarke's side lose three consecutive games, including one against Thursday's opponents Russia. The hosts are enjoying very different form, and are unbeaten in five games, with their last defeat coming against an impressive Belgium team.
The home leg didn't end positively for Scotland, despite an opening goal scored by John McGinn. Russia soon got back into the game with goals just before half-time scored by Artem Dzyuba before an own-goal from Stephen O'Donnell lost Clarke's side the game.
Stanislav Cherchesov is unlikely to make too many changes to the side that beat Scotland when the sides last met, meaning starts for Aleksandr Golovin, Artem Dzyuba and Yuri Zhirkov.
Ollli McBurnie has dropped out of the Scotland squad through injury, and has been replaced by midfielder Stuart Armstrong. This could see debutant Lawrence Shankland start the game, as the only representative of Scotland's second league within the squad.
Russia v Scotland Predictions and Preview
Scotland travel to Russia on Thursday, knowing that a defeat will damage their chances of play-off qualification to the 2020 European Championship. Steve Clarke's side sit in fourth place in the Group I table below front-runners Belgium, opponents Russia and Kazakstan and Cyrus.
However, despite a recent poor run of results, the Scots will be able to take solace in the fact that two of their last three defeats have come at the hands of Belgium, who have comfortably dispatched all other teams in the group as well. Having been narrowly defeated at home by Russia, if Clarke's side are able to snatch a win on Thursday they will be in better stead than it appears, with a trip to San Marino following.
Beating Russia on their home turf is not easy feat, with the hosts reaching the quarter final in the 2018 world cup in impressive style. Cherchesov has an impressive blend of youth and experience within his squad, with Aleksandr Golovin who made a name for himself during that tournament, complemented by the likes of Dzyuba and Zhirkov. A number of interesting attacking prospects, including Fedor Chalov and Anton Miranchuk could cause real problems for the visitors, who will have to be at their best to get a result.
Russia are sitting pretty in second place, and will be confident with a win against Scotland already in the bag, and playing in front of a home crowd. With a point to prove anything other than a defeat would be a solid result for Clarke's side.
Dzyuba to score anytime at 5/4
The big centre-forward will enjoy the physical battle with Scotland's centre-backs and will enjoy good service from his midfield.
Both teams to score at 6/5
Scotland may not be lacking in the attacking department, but may be able to hit Russia on the counter-attack.