Serbia vs Scotland
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Grasp the thistle
There’s all to play for as Serbia and Scotland clash in a playoff to reach next summer’s European Championships. This is a winner takes all match that will be played to a conclusion with extra-time and penalties available if needed.
It’s the biggest game in a generation for Scotland as they aim to reach their first major tournament since France 1998. Will Steve Clarke’s side grasp the thistle and secure their place in history or will the Tartan Army suffer another crushing failure?
Serbia on a poor run of form
Serbia enter this match unbeaten against Scotland, having played twice before. The first encounter ended in a goalless finish at Hampden Park in 2012 before Serbia eased to a 2-0 victory in the return with Filip Djuricic netting a second-half double. The Eagles coach Ljubisa Tumbakovic would love to see anything near a repeat performance.
The locals may be just one match away from a place in Euro 2020, but they have endured a poor run of results in recent times, winning only one of their last six games. They won 2-1 in Norway last month but they have since lost 1-0 to Hungary and drawn 2-2 with Turkey in UEFA Nations League action.
Scots on an unbeaten run
Scotland are in some of the best form we’ve seen from them in many years. Since swapping Kilmarnock for Hampden, boss Steve Clarke has completely transformed the national side, so much so they are within touching distance of a first major tournament in over 22 years. They booked their place in this final with a remarkable penalty shoot-out win over Israel in Glasgow.
The dark blues are unbeaten in more than a year. They have won four and drawn two of their last six competitive outings and were last seen in action beating the Czech Republic 1-0 at home thanks to a winning goal from Ryan Fraser. Scotland have also kept a clean sheet in each of their last three games.
Visitors the value bet
Despite their poor recent form, Betfair traders have set-up in the home camp and price Serbia as favourites to win in normal time. Those in agreement can back the locals at odds of 7/10 on the Betfair Sportsbook. Serbia to qualify for Euro 2020, with extra-time and penalties if required, has been chalked up at 2/7.
Value hunters and followers of the form will be delighted to see a cracking 9/2 available on Scotland in the match winner betting and that’s much better than expected. It’s sure to attract attention as the visitors have a better chance than their odds suggest. To qualify is 5/2 on the Sportsbook.
Clarke out to frustrate
Scotland have been strong at the back under Clarke and the manager is sure to set his side up defensively once again, making them difficult to break down. They’ll want to frustrate their hosts before punishing them on the break.
Under 2.5 goals is 4/7 with over 2.5 goals a 5/4 option on the Betfair Sportsbook. No in the both teams to score market would’ve been a winning bet in each of the previous two games involving these teams and more of the same is 8/13.