Scotland vs Lithuania Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification
Another test of Scotland’s patience and diligence in World Cup 2018 qualifying as they play hosts to Lithuania on Saturday. Socltand’s qualification task will get tougher down the line and they therefore have to make the most of these opportunities against the minnows of the group, as they did in their 5-1 drubbing of Malta in their opening qualification fixture. They may just find Lithuania to be a bit stiffer with their resistance though and therefore Scotland will have to patient at Hampden Park.
Make no bones about this one, it is a game which Scotland should win. They have the upper hand and are in better shape that Lithuania are. Scotland have put together an unbeaten five match streak against Lithuania, winning four of those as well (D1). Overall, Scotland lead the head to head against Lithuania W5 D2 L1 so that all took good for the Scots. Of the last four wins that Scotland have taken against Lithuania, three of them have been by a 1-0 scoreline, so you may not be looking at Scotland running up the goals like they did against Malta in their opening match in World Cup 2018 qualifying. A Scotland 1-0 correct score option will return a price of 9/2 at online betting site Bet365, the shortest priced option in the market.
Scotland do have good options going forward in the game with Celtic’s Leigh Griffiths, who is enjoying a profitable season, running as 5/4 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market. You have Chris Martin at 3/2 along with Steven Naismith and Steven Fletcher at 15/8 and not to mention Robert Snodgrass who netted a hattrick against Malta too. The Hull man is running at a price of 13/8 in the anytime goalscorer market. Scotland need to deliver the points on home soil ahead of a tricky trip to Slovakia on Tuesday, so the Scots need to keep confidence high ahead of that. You probably aren’t going to be looking at game which is going to have a flood of goals and under 2.5 goals on the game is trading at 4/6. The last two and five of the previous eight between these two have gone under the goal line, so that looks decent value. Scotland to win to nil is running at price of 23/20 while there is the option of both teams to score for a quote of 5/4.
Scotland won the last meeting with Lithuania, a 1-0 home win banked in Euro 2012 qualification. They have shut out Lithuania in the last two meetings now and have conceded in just three of their previous eight against them. Scotland are currently running on a W4 D1 record in their last five against Lithuania, with three of those four wins coming by a 1-0 scoreline. Lithuania landed a 2-2 draw at home against Slovenia in their opening qualification match, despite taking just 27% of possession and being outplayed. They had been 2-0 up just after the half hour mark though. They aren’t great at the back and they have only gone W1 D2 L4 in their last seven played, scoring in just three of those seven games. They will offer more resistance to Scotland than Malta did, but they don’t look to be good enough to go and pull off a shock win on the road.
Scotland vs Lithuania Odds
Scotland 1/2, Draw 3/1, Lithuania 6/1
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Scotland vs Lithuania Betting Tips
Would side with Scotland getting the job done in this fixture, they have to produce the points on home soil in qualification. It isn’t too likely that the game is going to produce many goals and it could be worth backing Scotland to win to nil and perhaps drifting to another 1-0 Correct Score option may offer some value.