Slovenia v Scotland Predictions, Betting Tips and Previews
October 06, 2017
Stozice Stadium - World Cup Qualifying Group F
World Cup qualifying comes to a climax on Sunday, as Scotland travel to Ljubljana to face Slovenia at the Stozice Stadium. After their dramatic win on Thursday, one more victory for Gordon Strachan’s side would put them into the playoffs.
Scotland are yet to lose a game against Slovenia, with this being the fifth meeting between the two countries. A late Chris Martin goal secured the win for Scotland at Hampden Park in March, earlier in this qualifying campaign.
After helping to force the Martin Skrtel own goal against Slovakia, Derby striker Martin will likely have to settle for a place on the bench once again. Although Scott Brown misses out through injury, there’s plenty of experience in the Scotland side with the likes of Darren Fletcher and James Morrison, which will be needed to secure the win.
After doing so well to keep out England for over 90 minutes on Thursday, Slovenia will need Jan Oblak to be their rock once again. Tim Matavz has been in great form for Vitesse this season, while Josip Ilicic could pose a goal threat to the Scottish backline.
Slovenia v Scotland Preview and Predictions
It’s been quite the turnaround for Scotland, and now the Tartan Army have their fate in their own hands going into the final round of Group F fixtures. Slovenia also harbour faint hopes of qualifying for the playoff round, although they need Malta to cause a massive upset against Slovakia to stand any chance.
Despite toiling against ten men, Oblak and the woodwork against Slovakia, Scotland boss Strachan insisted that he never doubted that his players would find the goal they needed so desperately. That kind of confidence will be required once more against Slovenia, who put up a stubborn fight at Hampden earlier in the year.
With Slovakia all but certain to get the win they need, Scotland could capitalise on any lack of belief in the Slovenian ranks. The hosts start as favourites in the betting though, priced at 7/4. The odds on Scotland shortened after their late show on Thursday, and they’re now available at 9/5. If you think the game will end with honours even, you can back the draw at 5/2.
Scotland to win 1-0 at 7/1
Back Scotland to repeat the scoreline of their success in the first game against Slovenia, sending the Tartan Army into raptures as they qualify for the playoffs.
Second half to be highest scoring at 5/4
This one promises to be very tense in the first period, with the goals most likely to come in the second period.