After booking their place in the European Championships qualifying play-off final, Scotland will be in high spirits as they prepare to host Slovakia.
Despite a woeful performance against Israel, Scotland earned a famous win via the penalty shoot-out and they will go on to face Serbia in a one-match play-off to determine who will play at the Euros.
But before Steve Clarke’s men can start thinking about Serbia, they must first turn their attention to Slovakia in the UEFA Nations League.
As things stand, Scotland are priced as the favourites at 19/20. Slovakia, meanwhile, are available at the current price of 14/5 with both Betfair and PaddyPower.
The Slovaks come into this game having just booked their own place in the Euro play-off finals having beaten the Republic of Ireland on penalties.
However, apart from Thursday’s win, things haven’t exactly been rosy for Slovakia in recent times with the team managing just two wins in normal time from nine games.
Scotland, on the other hand, are on a six-match unbeaten run and they will also be looking for a third straight victory over Slovakia.
The Scots will also be keen to maintain their place as the group leaders in League B. A previous draw with Israel plus a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic sees Steve Clarke’s men at the top of the standings with four points.
While it’s still early doors in the competition, fighting for promotion into League A would certainly be a change for a Scotland team which is used to disappointment in recent decades. Afterall, this is an international side that hasn’t participated in a major tournament since the 1998 World Cup.
One positive stat ahead of Sunday’s encounter is that Slovakia tend to struggle away from home. Pavel Hapal’s men have won two and lost eight of their last 12 away trips. Interestingly, three of those defeats have come against British sides in England, Wales and even Scotland themselves.
Considering that both Slovakia and Scotland both faced goalless draws before winning their games last Thursday, this weekend’s encounter certainly doesn’t shape up to be a high scoring affair.
With that in mind, our recommendation is to back a slender 1-0 win for the hosts at the current price of 11/2. This bet landed last time these two competed and there’s no reason to suggest why it cannot land again.
*All prices correct at the time of writing and subject to change