San Marino v Scotland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews

March 22, 2019

- Grant Whittington

Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle - Euro 2020 Qualifying

After one of their most humiliating nights in recent memory, Scotland have an immediate chance for redemption on Sunday evening. Alex McLeish takes his team to San Marino this weekend in what is surely a must-win for the Scottish manager.

Past Meetings

Scotland have played San Marino six times and won every game without conceding a goal. The aggregate score over those matches is 19-0 to the Scots, with four of those goals coming in the most recent meeting between the sides in 2001.

Team News

Manchester United midfielder Scott McTominay is expected to be okay after his manager said the reason he failed to applaud the travelling Tartan Army was due to a stomach bug. However, it remains to be seen how many second chances McLeish decides to hand out in this game.

The Scotland boss said he felt let down by his players after Thursday’s defeat to Kazakhstan, although there’s no getting round the lack of experience in the Scottish squad. San Marino’s squad is hardly awash with experience either, nor with quality. The majority of the players are part-timers in their home country, while the rest them are at Italian minnows.

San Marino v Scotland Preview and Predictions

It’s tough to think of a more embarrassing result the Tartan Army have had to endure over recent years than going down 3-0 to Kazakhstan. Two goals down inside the opening 10 minutes, things got no better for Scotland as they slumped to a devastating defeat to the team ranked 117th in the world.

Thankfully for the Scottish players, manager and fans, they quite literally couldn’t ask for a better opponent to make amends. San Marino are 211th in the FIFA world rankings, the lowest of any European nation. Their squad boasts a grand total of three goals between them, as many as Scotland conceded in 51 dreadful minutes on Thursday.

Scotland have never conceded against San Marino though, and they’ll surely go some way to banishing the memory of midweek with their first three points of this Euro 2020 qualification campaign. However, with Belgium and Russia also in Group I, there seems little chance of those points coming to mean anything.

Nevertheless, the away team are the overwhelming favourites for the win, priced at 1/25 in the betting. San Marino are available at 70/1, which is a stunning price regardless of their standing on the European scene. Even a draw is out at 24/1, although that could be worth a pound or two considering Scotland’s struggles last time out.

Recommended Bets

Scotland to win to nil at 1/3

With the Scots such heavy favourites, this bet will at least make you some money from the away win, as opposed to the outright market.

0-0 draw at 66/1

Or back San Marino to pick up an unlikely point by keeping their visitors at bay for the full 90 minutes. Scotland did fail to break down Kazakhstan, after all.

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