Scotland v Georgia tips – the Scots look like banker material
Gordon Strachan’s Scotland should bounce back from an unlucky defeat against Germany
October 9th, 2014
Scotland under Craig Levein is fast becoming a distant memory, with Gordon Strachan breathing new life into the role and his team should record a convincing victory against the Georgians on Saturday.
William Hill are among those firms offering 8/11 about the Scots, with this game a must-win as they look to finish ahead of Poland and the Republic of Ireland when it comes to reaching Euro 2016.
Strachan claims that it’s not vital to collect three points this weekend although this is more an attempt to release the pressure on his players’ shoulders rather than serious thinking.
“There are never any must-win games unless you need those three points to qualify,” Strachan said. “You never know when those games are coming. All we can do is prepare, do the right things.
“Sometimes the football gods don’t look upon you, sometimes they do. You have to deal with the consequences. You have to deal with the occasion.
“If you think about it, at one point we were getting a draw in Germany and hoping to get a win – then the Republic score in the last minute in their game. That’s what happens.
“Georgia probably think they should have got something out of the game against the Republic. They made good chances and their front three in particular had good movement – couldn’t be pinned down. So they’ll consider themselves unlucky”.
Indeed, the Georgians were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Ireland in their first qualifying game, with this Scotland team potentially short of goals when you consider the current squad.
Robert Snodgrass is a big miss and Steven Naismith’s return of three goals in 30 appearances isn’t too encouraging, although Chris Martin of Derby is in line to earn his second cap for the national team.
Ikechi Anya provided the German defence with plenty of problems a few weeks ago and the Watford man could be a great bet at 14/1 with 888sport to score the first of this game.
Ultimately, the Scots will look to keep things tight and hope that class tells at the other end of the field, with Paddy Power offering a tempting 13/8 that they win the match to nil.
Scotland win to nil @ 13/8 with Paddy Power