Scotland vs Slovakia – 2018 World Cup Qualification: This is an extremely important match for both teams,
who should approach it like it’s a true final, considering their position on this group.
Scotland have more responsibility. On one hand, they are playing at home and on the other hand, only the win allows them to climb up to 2nd place, which is a very favourable position, that would give them a different motivation going into the last round, where they will face Slovenia.
I have the feeling that Slovenia had quality to have a better campaign and I didn’t expect to see them in this situation, especially so close to the end of this qualifying stage.
This is a team that has been growing a lot, having a mentality that allows them to control matches and quality in the midfield are, especially due to the presence of Hamsik.
They have been a team that was able to create a lot of difficulties against top teams. However, the 3 losses they suffered left this group wide open, with this trip to Scotland being decisive.
Scotland has also been improving a lot. They are a team that doesn’t get great and impressive wins, but they have a lot of fight to offer. They can be vertical on their offensive approaches and they are strong on the physical and aerial aspects, which makes them a tough team to control for their opponents.
Scotland doesn’t let their opponents be comfortable. They impose a good physical pressure, protecting their goal well.
Between both of these teams, I think Slovakia has more technical quality, but I don’t think that the difference is big enough to allow them to control this match.
The home advantage can be determining on this match. A tough environment for Slovakia surely, and a lot of motivation for the Scottish, which can make this game be very physical.
Slovakia, knowing that Slovenia will face England, can’t also ignore the fact that a draw can be a positive result, since they will face Malta on the last round.
Scotland vs Slovakia – Betting Tip and Prediction:
In such a nervy match, I don’t believe any of these teams will risk too much.
There’s too much at risk for this to be an open match, and I think this will be a pretty close match, very cautious and with a lot of fight on the midfield area.
On this perspective, I don’t see any conditions to have a high-scoring match.
I think that teams will be more concerned with their defensive duties and if a team scores, the reaction will be to immediately drop the lines and play with the clock.
|Under 2.5 Goals||