Scotland vs Russia
Date: Friday, 6 September 2019
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Hampden Park (Glasgow).
Group I has two spots open for qualification, and preliminary expectation is that Belgium will top the lot easily. The fight for the second and final ticket is at its zenith, and despite the five-team race for the said position, we can narrow it down to three – with Scotland, Russia, and Kazakhstan having almost equal chances to make it.
As such, this match-up has great implications. We have a direct contest between two of the three thought to be involved in the race. And for sure the Kazakhs will be eagerly waiting for the result, and since they are taking on minnows Cyprus, both the Russian and Scottish contingents will be particular to avoid any mishaps.
Artem Dyzuba and his boys have a huge advantage coming into this tie. They had surprised fans world over, and especially the ones at home, with their deep run in the World Cup, for which they had played hosts too. The confidence has really been showing in their following endeavors, and the Scots will have to deal with this situation head-on.
Moreover, at present, Stanislav Cherchesov’s men occupy the coveted second position in the table with three wins and a single loss. The defeat had come against the mighty Belgians.
Consequentially, the hosts have a lot riding on their home advantage this Friday.
Scotland vs Russia Head-to-head (h2h)
- These two teams have fought each other just twice in the last 25 years.
- Both games had come in the 1994-95 period, with either ending in a draw.
Scotland vs Russia Prediction
Since these two have not fought each other recently, a metric to rate their potential performances would be how they have fared against common opponents. For example – their respective ties against Kazakhstan.
While the Scots were dealt a heavy loss on the road against this foe with a 3-0 scorecard, their counterparts had recorded a huge 0-4 away win against the same side. Also, against minnows San Marino though both had won, the degree of the victory was entirely different. Scotland had registered a nominal 2-0 victory, while the Russians delivered a mammoth 9-0 scorecard.
Moreover, Russia is coming on a three-game winning run with a combined scoreline of 14-0, whereas their opposite number lost their last match 0-3, and have not kept a clean sheet in 12 of their prior 16 fixtures.
As such, count on the 2018 World Cup hosts to deliver a good performance to post three more points on the board.
Scotland vs Russia Betting Tips
Double Chance: Russia or Draw @ 1.44 (4/9)
Russia to Open the Scoring @ 2.25 (5/4).