Scotland v Lithuania tips – Scots to maintain perfect record
Can Scotland manage back-to-back wins when Lithuania come to town on Saturday?
October 4th, 2016
Scotland were the only home nation not to take part in this summer’s European Championships in France and the side will be looking to return to major international competition after an absence of some eighteen years. They started their qualifying campaign for the 2018 World Cup in excellent fashion by sweeping past minnows Malta 5-1 in their opening match, however the Maltese gave them something of a scare in that match.
The Scots took the lead after nine minutes thanks to the efforts of Robert Snodgrass, however Strachan’s men were given a scare when the Maltese levelled things through Alfred Effiong thanks to some pretty woeful Scottish defending.
Scotland were clearly shaken at this point and had this scoreline remained the same up until the final whistle, one can only imagine what there headlines in the morning’s newspapers would have been. Fortunately for Gordon Strachan this wasn’t to be the case and the Scots regrouped to run in 5-1 winners at the final whistle.
The pressure will now be on Scotland to up their game against Lithuania as this really is a must-win game. Lithuania surrendered a two goal lead against Slovenia in their last outing with that match ending all-square and they will be looking to improve upon that showing when they make the journey to Glasgow this weekend.
Nevertheless their away form has been utterly abysmal and with no wins whatsoever in their last eleven games we’ll be going with the home side to seal the three points this weekend with Bet365 going 1/2 for a Scotland win.
The Lithuanians have managed to find the net in just two of their last eleven outings away from home and the Scottish defence will perhaps take heart from this statistic given that they have been less than solid of late. Indeed, the home side will be looking to prove their defensive stability in this encounter and as such we’ll be going for a Scotland win-to-nil at 23/20 with BetVictor.
Malta were far from impressive opposition in Scotland’s last outing, however Snodgrass was nevertheless impressive in his performance with a hat-trick for his efforts and we’ll be backing him to find the net at some point with Betfred going 6/4 on the Anytime Goalscorer market.