Scotland vs San Marino – Betting Tips & Predictions – 13-10

Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021


 
Scotland slumped to their fourth successive defeat in Russia last Friday, losing 4-0 in the Luzhniki Stadium. Scotland’s last four games have consisted of losing twice to Russia and twice to Belgium, conceding 13 goals and scoring just one in those four games. That is not inspiring form, and manager Steve Clarke will have his work cut out in the coming months to try and restore some sense of pride and credibility to the team.
A game against San Marino at home should at least be a chance for the Scots to score some goals and restore some confidence, even though little real pride can be taken from beating Sunday’s opposition. One senses that this is an occasion to be endured rather than enjoyed by the Tartan Army.

Scotland vs San Marino Prediction: Scotland 3-0 Belgium

When it comes to predicting the outcome of this game, there really should be only one winner. Scotland have no excuses when it comes to winning this game, and anything less than a convincing win will really set the alarm bells ringing in Glasgow. Nevertheless, Scotland should have too much attacking quality not to score at least three goals against their visitors, especially at home at Hampden Park. Whether this Scotland side has the self-belief to even manage that right now remains to be seen, though. Our prediction is that the Scots will win the game 3-0, though.

Our recommended tip: Scotland 3-0

Our featured tip for this game comes from William Hill, who are offering odds of 17/2 on our prediction of a 3-0 win for the Scots turning out to be accurate. There is not much good value on offer when it comes to the odds on this game, with Scotland being such strong favourites. In reality, 3-0 is probably the absolute minimum that the Scots should be aiming to achieve. Confidence is so low amongst Clarke’s players, though, that there are no guarantees they will be able to achieve the result.

Previous matches

These two countries have met on seven previous occasions, with Scotland having won all seven of those games. The Scots have never conceded a goal to San Marino, a stat which may well give the downbeat Scotland supporters some meagre crumb of comfort right now. The last meeting between the countries was in Euro 2020 qualifying in March, when Scotland won 2-0 in Serravalle. Kenny McLean opened the scoring for the Scots that day, netting after just four minutes. The second wasn’t added until the 74th minute, when Johnny Russell netted for the Scots.

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Players to watch: John McGinn & Nicola Nanni

Aston Villa midfielder John McGinn is emerging as a top Premier League player in 2019, and has become a key part of Steve Clarke’s Scotland side. An energetic midfielder who is particularly effective when driving into the opposition half, McGinn’s creativity and will to win will be vital on Sunday evening at Hampden Park. He has three goals and one assist to his name for Villa in the Premier League in 2019/20 so far.
Nicola Nanni is one of the few properly professional players in the San Marino line-up, currently playing for Monopoli in Italy’s Serie C, on loan from Crotone. If San Marino are to have any chance of scoring a goal, let alone producing what would be a massive shock by winning the game, then Nanni will need to be sharp. Chances are likely to be few and far between, so he will need to be sharp if one comes along.

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