Slovakia vs Scotland Betting Preview – World Cup 2018 Qualification

9th October 2016 | World Cup Betting category: World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions
World Cup 2018 Betting Predictions

A 1-1 draw against Lithuania isn’t the way to go in your opening home match of World Cup 2018 qualification, but that is what Scotland had to settle with and they had to come from behind to nail that one as well. That was a huge disappointment because three points really went begging for them in that one and hopefully down the line it won’t come back to haunt them. But failing to win a home match against such a weak side will have knocked something out of them, but they have to pick themselves up for a physical battle on Tuesday as they go to Slovakia in search of three points to try and redeem themselves a little bit.

So can Scotland pick themselves up from that blow on the weekend? Well this will be a test of character as they take on a side who are known for their physical defensive efforts. Slovakia are never the easiest of sides to break down, but they aren’t a great side by any stretch of the imagination. There is something big in this for Scotland too, because they start the match on four points in the group and Slovakia yet to score, then Scotland could open up a huge qualification advantage if they can bag three points in this one. Another draw for the Scots wouldn’t be a disaster at the end of the day and they could be quite happy with it.

This will be the first meeting between the two nations and it looks as if Scotland may be getting a crack at them at the right time. That is because Slovakia haven failed to score a single goal in any of their last four games. So goals aren’t likely to flow and you can go under 2.5 goals for the game at a price of 8/15 with online betting site Bet365. There is a 6/4 shot on the tighter margin of under 1.5 goals if you wanted to swing that way. Up in the correct score market there are options of Slovakia 1-0 at 5/1 and a Scotland 1-0 at 13/2. In the anytime goalscorer market from the Scottish side, they have Chris Martin at a price of 3/1 to hit the back of the net, with Steven Fletcher and Steven Naismith around the 7/2 mark. Scotland have passed a W1 L2 record in their last three away from home.

So Slovakia are not going well right at the moment, no goals and no wins in their last four (D1 L3). So a tough time they are having and they have only gone W1 D1 L4 in their last six. Their back to back losses in the World Cup 2018 qualification group have been 1-0 defeats against England and Slovenia, so not big defeats, but they haven’t been able to produce going forward. Both Teams Not To Score in Slovakia v Scotland betting is a price of 4/6 and it is hard to find home appeal in the anytime goalscorer market where Marek Hamsik is running as 11/45 favourite with Adam Nemec at 13/5. This isn’t a game which Slovakia can really afford to lose as they will be in a big qualification hole early on.

Slovakia vs Scotland Odds

Slovakia 6/5, Draw 23/10, Scotland 9/4

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Slovakia vs Scotland Betting Tips

Slovakia desperately need a win in this on, but the Scots may be value to go there and dig out a point. The Scots would have to be pretty happy with that to maintain a good lead over the Slovakians in the qualification hunt. It’s unlikely that Scotland will have enough on the road to take the win against a tough defence, but they can earn the point. Look under 2.5 goals and a 0-0 Correct Score punt may have some appeal.

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