The Tartan Army's poor form makes a clash against the minnows a far more daunting proposition than would usually be expected, Al Hain-Cole expects them to come out on top thoughWith Craig Levein’s unsuccessful reign as Scotland manager having been brought to an end earlier on this month, under-21 coach Billy Stark takes temporary control for this evening’s trip to Luxembourg.
Spirits are low in The Tartan Army camp after four games without a win, that run leaves them struggling to qualify for World Cup 2014, and a number of withdrawals will only hamper their chances of picking up a morale-boosting win.
Even so, the likes of Darren Fletcher, Kenny Miller and Jordan Rhodes are surely capable of firing their side to victory against a team that has lost 25 of their last 35 matches, including the last four at home by an aggregate 12-2 scoreline.
William Hill’s generous 8/13 (1.62) odds on offer for Scotland to overcome the minnows are a mark of how far they have fallen, but are certainly not to be missed considering the uplifting effect Levein’s departure should have on the players.
To be fair to the hosts, they have beaten Albania and Macedonia on home turf in the past year or so, and are available at 9/2 (5.50) to add to their growing list of scalps with victory in this encounter.
The last meeting between these two resulted in a 0-0 draw in Luxembourg back in 1987, and you can get odds of 13/5 (3.60) on another stalemate taking place this time.
After three years of uninspiring defensive football, Scotland fans will surely just be happy to see some excitement on display at the Stade Josy Barthel.
Fortunately for the travelling supporters, they will probably not have to wait long for the goalmouth action to unfold, as a goal has been scored in the opening 15 minutes of eight of Luxembourg’s last nine matches.
Considering this record, it is well worth backing a goal to hit the back of the net within 15 minutes this evening, at odds of 23/10 (3.30).
|Scotland to win at 8/13 (1.57) with William Hill
||First goal up to and including 15th minute at 23/10 (3.30) with William Hill
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