UEFA Euro 2020 Qualifying: Scotland vs Kazakhstan

Following a successful visit to Cyprus on Saturday, Scotland finish their Euro Qualifying at home to Kazakhstan at Hampden Park. 

Victory for the Tartan Army would secure third in Group I as they continue to prepare for their Euro 2020 Qualification Play-Offs in March. 

 

Team news

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Eamonn Brophy has been called up for Scotland to replace Lawrence Shankland who has withdrawn with a minor injury. 

Manager, Steve Clarke however could name an unchanged starting eleven from Saturday’s trip to Cyprus. 

Kazakhstan have no fresh injury concerns to report with an unchanged squad available for selection. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Scotland lost their only previous meeting against Kazakhstan which came in a 3-0 away defeat in their opening qualifier in March. 
  • John McGinn is the first Scotland international to score in each of his last two international games since Celtic’s James Forrest, who scored five goals in Scotland’s  last two Nations League fixtures in November 2018. 
  • Kazakhstan have failed to win in seven of their last eight outings in all competitions (W1, D3, L4). 

 

Prediction

Scotland showed real promise on Saturday with a step in the right direction in terms of midfield and attack but defensively, they are still poor so this is going to be a key test for them in terms of improving their defensive showing ahead of the Play-Offs. 

I therefore am expecting Kazakhstan to come and try a counter attacking approach given Scotland’s defensive issues, otherwise I can see another tight win for the Scots here given the Hawks’ poor away form. 

Prediction: Scotland 2-1 Kazakhstan

Result: Scotland 3-1 Kazakhstan

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