Last Chance for Scotland’s World Cup 2010 Hopes

6th September 2009 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup Betting & Odds, World Cup Previews & Predictions
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Scotland kept their slim chances of grabbing a World Cup 2010 place alive, with an important 2-0 home win against Macedonia. The victory came off the back of a devastating 4-0 qualifying loss to Norway, while all but put the knife in the back of their qualifying hopes. But the Scots responded with the perfect answer in beating Macedonia, in what was a tricky fixture for them. There was a lot of pressure not only on the team to get the result, but on the manager George Burley after the previous result.

Having home advantage certainly spurred the Scots on, looking the stronger side for large parts of the game, and creating some decent chances along the way. The mission is not over for Scotland yet, as they need to get a victory on Wednesday against the Netherlands, who are still the only side to have qualified for South Africa from Europe so far. This is Scotland’s last qualifying game and all hopes are resting on a wonder performance against the Dutch at Hampden Park.

There are some selection problems ahead of the game for the Scottish management to sort out. Full back Callum Davidson was lost to injury and striker James McFadden misses the tie through suspension. McFadden picked up a yellow card in bizarre circumstances which keeps him out of the team. After some handbags at five paces following a drop ball, McFadden was booked without any apparent reason, other than trying to defend Scott Brown who was the protagonist in the whole affair.

It was Brown who scored the game’s opening goal, but Brown is another on the casualty list after being replaced because of injury. The Scots have one last throw of the dice to steal second place in Group 9, but they will still need to rely on other results going their way in order to finish as one of the eight best runners-up out of the nine groups. They will be keeping an eye on Groups One and Two, and even then it could all come down to goal difference, of which Scotland are not in good standing, having only scored 6 but conceded 10.

Holland to win – 13/10 at Bet365
Draw – 5/2 at Ladbrokes
Scotland to win – 11/5 at SportingBet

Betting Tip: Already looking like Mission Impossible before Saturday’s round of matches, the Scots now need to steel themselves for a night of glory in overturning the Dutch. The Dutch qualified with ease from the group already, and the odds are stacked heavily against Scotland. Without doubt, Holland have the class and technical ability to close out the game, and 2-1 win for them will bring 9/1 at SkyBet. Holland beat Scotland 3-0 in Amsterdam.




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