Scotland Betting Tips and Predictions

Scotland is one of the two oldest National Football teams in the world alongside their bitter rivals, England. Their international history is not as decorated as their United Kingdom counterparts having only managed qualification for the World Cup on 8 occasions and the Euros on 3 occasions. Unfortunately for Scotland, they have never progressed past the group stages of any major competition. The side has workmanlike tendencies and is willing to run and tackle with their hearts on their sleeves but, they lack the creativity of a challenging International team for trophies.

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Scotland National Football Team: Tactics & Principles

Scotland usually plays in varying versions of a 3-5-2. Scotland do play like an old-school professional side, championing the width of the pitch and delivering into the box as much as possible. There used to be a saying “Football is a game of averages” and Scotland epitomises that, opting for the most amount of time in an opposition box. Unfortunately for Scotland, the modern game has changed, and as much as they try to play football they are outclassed by superior sides. If England are not playing then I tend to watch Scotland, but the football is mundane, predictable and dated. Billy Gilmour, of Chelsea, does get Scotland ticking when he is on the ball but pound for pound, player for player, Scotland is outclassed by most of the European heavyweights.

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The World Cup PREDICTIONS & What to Expect?

Scotland will have hopes, as most national sides will have, going into the World Cup. For a side that has never gone beyond the group stages, it is a tall order with the current squad to believe that they can surpass their previous best. Scotland will fight diligently through the group stages and will look for an upset against better sides but ultimately, they will be defending throughout the competition. If the group forms nicely for Scotland they may have a chance but overall, expect nothing more than a workmanlike defensive side that will try to hit teams on the counter. (Click to read our latest World Cup Qualifying betting tips and predictions).

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Scotland National Football Team Players: Top 3

Andrew Robinson:

“Andy” Robertson plays for Liverpool week to week and has managed to hold a steady career for Liverpool after his move from Hull. He offers a tenacious tackling tendency and is a good deliverer of the ball. His energy does help Scotland transition from defense to attack and his ability to play left-back or left-wing, with his crossing ability, give him multiple purposes aside. (Read our analysis about Liverpool’s Prediction and Odds – Robinson’s current team.)

Scott McTominay:

Having watched Scott McTominay I have to admit that I have been surprised with his ability both on and off the ball. For Manchester United, when he plays, they are a better side. He is a box-to-box midfielder that challenges for every ball and is strong in the air. On the ball he is also technically good, he moves the ball between the lines very well and runs of the shoulder extremely well in tight spaces for a big man. (Read our Opinion about Manchester United betting Predictions and Odds for this season – McTominay’s current team.)

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Kieran Tierney:

Arsenal player Kieran Tierney is moving with his career pretty well. Having performed over 100 times for Celtic, his move to Arsenal was a bit of a step up but he adapted to life in the EPL very well. He is quick, agile, and tall and he likes to go outside of his man which helps Scotland with the third man running on the cutback. (Check out our review about Arsenal betting Predictions and Odds for this season – Tierney’s current team.)

Who is Scotland’s Football Manager?

Stephen Clarke had a pretty successful playing career, playing 200 games for Scotland’s St Mirren before a move to England’s Chelsea, where he would stay some 330 games. After retiring in 1998 he would, a year later, takeover as caretaker manager for Newcastle FC. His management career saw him take multiple assistant roles in England including a couple of Head Coach roles before returning to Scotland to manage Kilmarnock for two seasons. Taking the Scotland job in 2019 would be the pride of any patriotic Scotsman and he will, no doubt, use of all his footballing experience and passion for the badge to lead them as best he can.

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