Scotland to cling on to World Cup qualification hopes with win away at Lithuania

Scotland produced a spirited display to grab a cracking 2-2 draw in their last 2018 World Cup qualifier with England, but Gordon Strachan's men know that they will almost certainly have to win their remaining four qualification matches if they are to stand any of chance of booking a spot at next year's tournament in Russia, and they face a tricky trip to Lithuania on Friday night.

  • Scotland drew 2-2 with England in last Group F match
  • These sides drew 1-1 earlier in the qualification campaign
  • Lithuania have lost their last three matches in this group

Friday 1st September - 7.45pm OddsWon/LostBet
Lithuania v Scotland    
Tips Scotland to win    Best Bet @ 5 / 6  

Scotland Favourites For Win

Prior to the aforementioned point against Group F leaders England, Scotland had recorded a fine 1-0 win over Slovenia, so they will be hoping they can continue their fine recent international form and make it seven points from their last three matches, and Strachan's men are warm 5/6 favourites with Betway to maintain an outside chance of World Cup qualification.

Lithuania have found life tough in the last three matches, and three defeats on the bounce has seen them stay on five points, and they will not be heading to Russia, so may go off the boil a little, which could leave the door open for Scotland, and Lithuania are as big 17/4 with bet365 to grab a shock win, while the draw is a best-priced 13/5 with bet365.

Scotland may lack the consistency needed in group stages, but Strachan's men showed some class when drawing with England, and with Lithuania having very little to play for then they could well maintain their hopes of grabbing a spot at Russia, and they could well edge this match by the odd goal.
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Leaky Lithuania To Struggle

Scotland left it late to pick up a 1-1 draw when the sides clashed last October, as James McArthur's 89th minute strike cancelled out Flodor Cernych's goal just before the hour mark, but the Lithuanian rearguard has been struggling to stem the flow of goals in Group F, and they have conceded 11 goals in their opening six games.

So, with Strachan's side appearing to have improved in front of goal, as they showed with scoring a brace against England, then they could well grab a couple of goals against Lithuania, so the 7/1 available with BetVictor for a 2-0 away win could be worth a flutter on Friday night.

Unsurprisingly, it's Leigh Griffiths who heads the first goalscorer betting, as he aims to build on his two late goals against England, and at 5/1 is a fair bet to open the scoring with bet365, while Robert Snodgrass at 7/1 with Sky Bet is another eye-catching selection, as he is a revelation from set-pieces, and could be a decent first goalscorer safety net.

With Lithuania struggling for goals of late then the most sensible option could be to snap up the 8/11 with BetVictor for both teams not to score in 90 minutes, and it should be Scotland that outclass their rivals, and keep those slim hopes of qualification alive before they host bottom side Malta next week.
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Posted: Wednesday, 30th August 2017
Author: Steve Chambo

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