Kazakhstan v Scotland, Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
March 19, 2019
Astana Arena - EURO 2020 Qualifier
Alex McLeish's Scotland side kick off their EURO 2020 qualification campaign with a trip to Kazakhstan in Group I, this weekend.
Scotland have never faced Kazakhstan in competitive action before this weekend.
Scotland could be without skipper Andrew Robertson for this double header of games, as the Liverpool defender is struggling with a mouth infection.
Jordan Archer, Barry Bannan and Charlie Mulgrew has already withdrawn through injury, but Kieran Tierney, Stuart Armstrong, Scotthavre McTominay and Ryan Fraser are all included.
Kazakhstan have named almost exclusively home-based squad, with just three players playing outside of the country named by manager Michal Bilek.
Kazakhstan v Scotland Preview and Predictions
Scotland performed well in their Euro Nations League campaign in 2018, winning three out their four games to secure at least a play-off spot for in EURO 2020 qualifying. Their 4-0 win away in Albania was their first victory on the road in four games, and McLeish knows that collects points away from Glasgow will essentially if they want to qualify automatically.
Kazakhstan won just one of their six Euro Nations League, at home to Andorra, with a defeat at home to Georgia and a draw in Astana, against Latvia. They are rank outsiders in this group, alongside San Marino, however they will look to make it as difficult as possible for sides playing them at home.
McLeish needs to hit the ground running, and with their away form improving of late, Scotland should have enough to get all three points - priced at 9/10. Kazakhstan have defended well at home, with four goals conceded in their last four games in Astana, so Scotland will have to be patient.
With that in mind, an under 2.5 total goals scored bet comes in at 8/15.
Scotland to win 1-0 at 9/2
A win is a win at this stage of the competition, particularly when it comes to difficult away games. McLeish will want this out of the way, so he can concentrate on the tip to San Marino in midweek, with maximum points in these games a priority for the former Birmingham City manager.
James Forrest to score first at 15/2
Celtic striker Forrest ended their Euro Nations League in fine form, with five goals in his last two games for Scotland. Their goal scoring hopes will firmly rest with the 27 year-old, ass he is the only senior forward in the squad with Steven Naismith, Steven Fletcher and Leigh Griffiths all missing out.