Scotland v Slovenia Match Preview and Betting Tips
March 22, 2017
Sunday 26 March – Hampden Park – World Cup Qualifier
Scotland face Slovenia in a World Cup qualifying tie on Sunday night, with Gordon Strachan desperate to get his side’s campaign back on track. But only one win in four games so far suggests Russia is a very long way away.
In three previous meetings between the two, Scotland have the edge, winning once with two draws. Their last meeting was a 1-1 draw in 2012 in Slovenia.
Strachan has seen a number of key men withdraw through injury for this game, with Matt Phillips, Grant Hanley and James McArthur all out injured. Steven Naismith and James Morrison are both expected to be fit, with minor injuries unlikely to rule them out of contention.
Slovenia’s most recognisable name is Atletico Madrid goal keeper Jan Oblak and he is expected to start. Hearts defender Andraz Struna and veteran goalscorer Milivoje Novakovic of Maribor have also been called up to the squad.
Scotland v Slovenia Preview and Predictions
Comprehensive 3-0 defeats to Slovakia and England have left Scotland’s hopes of qualifying for a major tournament for the first time since 1998 in tatters. Strachan’s team are fifth in Group F, with only pointless Malta below them. They go into the game at a best price of 7/5, with Slovenia 12/5 and the draw 11/5.
West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass netted a hat trick in their opening qualifier against Malta, and he is their biggest forward threat. The ex-Hull City man is 13/2 to score first is this crucial qualifier for the Tartan Army.
Leigh Griffiths is yet to score for the national team, but is in better form than most of Scotland’s strikers. The Celtic forward is 4/1 to score first against Slovenia.
Slovenia have enjoyed a much better start to their World Cup qualification campaign, Srecko Katanec’s side are unbeaten in Group F. They are currently second in the group, having gained a creditable 0-0 draw against Gareth Southgate’s England in autumn 2016.
Novakovic will be a threat centrally for Slovenia, and he is 6/1 to score first, but midfielders Rene Krhin and Benjamin Verbic have both scored in qualification.
Granda’s Krhin is 33/1 to score first and FC Copenhagen’s Verbic is 10/1 to score first.
Under 2.5 goals in the game at 1/2
It’s likely to be a low-scoring affair between two uninspiring sides. Goals and confidence are in short supply for Scotland while Slovenia are solid but unspectacular.
Slovenia to win 1-0 at 13/2
The visitors should just squeak this one, piling more misery on Strachan and Scotland, but there won’t be much in it.