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Lithuania vs Scotland: TV channel, stream, kick-off time, odds & match preview

14:00 EAT 01/09/2017
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The Tartan Army are targeting a full batch of points from their remaining qualifiers as they look to ensure they can reach Russia next year

Scotland will attempt to keep their quest for World Cup qualification alive when they take on Lithuania in Vilnius on Friday.

Gordon Strachan's side have won just two of their six qualifiers in Group F so far and with just four games left, they need to put points on the board if they are to reach Russia in 2018.

The Scots required a last-minute equaliser to clinch a point when the sides met at Hampden Park last October and they will hope to avoid such a scenario away from home.

Game Lithuania vs Scotland
Date Friday, September 1
Time 19:45 BST / 14:45 ET


In the UK, the match will be available to watch live on television on Sky Sports Football and by online stream using Sky Go.

UK TV channel Online stream
Sky Sports Football Sky Go

In the US, the match will not be available to watch live on television, but it will be available to stream online with the Fox Soccer Match Pass.

US TV channel Online stream
N/A Fox Soccer Match Pass


Position Lithuania players
Goalkeepers Setkus, Zubas, Cerniauskas
Defenders Kijanskas, Vaitkunas, Freidgeimas, Borovskij, Slavickas, Klimavicius, Girdvainis, Beneta
Midfielders Novikovas, Zulpa, Kuklys, Slivka, Grigaravicius, Verbickas, Silenas, Vorobjovas
Forwards Sernas, Cercnych, Matulevicius, Spalvis, Valskis

Fiodor Cernych scored against Scotland when the teams met in Glasgow last autumn and the Jagiellona Bialystok striker has been included in Edgaras Jankauskas' squad.

Midfielder Vykintas Slivka and striker Deivydas Matulevicius, who ply their trade in Scotland with Hibernian, have also been named in the panel.

Potential starting XI: Zubas; Slavickas, Klimavicius, Kijanskas, Borovskij; Kuklys, Novikovas, Slivka; Valskis, Sernas, Cernych.

Position Scotland players
Goalkeepers Archer, Gordon, McGregor
Defenders Anya, Berra, Hanley, R. Martin, Mulgrew, Robertson, Tierney, Whittaker
Midfielders Armstrong, Bannan, Brown, Fletcher, Forrest, Fraser, McArthur, McGinn, Morrison, Phillips, Ritchie, Snodgrass
Forwards Griffiths, C. Martin, Naismith

West Bromwich Albion midfielder James Morrison was a late addition to Strachan's squad following the withdrawal of Fulham's Tom Cairney and Steven Fletcher due to injuries.

Morrison's team-mate Darren Fletcher is a fitness concern and the former Manchester United midfielder will be assessed closer to kick-off.

Potential starting XI: Gordon; Tierney, R. Martin, Mulgrew, A. Robertson; Brown, D. Fletcher; Forrest, Snodgrass, Armstrong; Griffiths


Scotland are 4/6 favourites to win, according to dabblebet, with Lithuania priced at 9/2 to beat Gordon Strahan's men. A draw in Vilnius is considered a 11/4 bet.

Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is favourite to score first at 3/1, while Steven Naismith and Robert Snodgrass are both priced at 11/2 to open the scoring.


Failure to defeat Lithuania would be a massive blow to Scotland's chances of reaching the 2018 World Cup and they will be aiming to collect maximum points in their remaining fixtures.

The Tartan Army come into the qualification double-header against Lithuania and Malta in high spirits, having drawn with group leaders England and beaten rivals Slovenia in their last two games.

With just eight points on the board, though, Strachan's side are currently six points behind England and four points adrift of second-place Slovakia, who they play at home in October.

However, depending on results elsewhere, Scottish wins over Lithuania and Malta could dramatically change the complexion of Group F heading into the final games.

With a clutch of high-flying Celtic players and the likes of Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson in the squad, Strachan's men boast plenty of quality but, after suffering a scare in the previous meeting, they will certainly not be taking the Lithuanians lightly.