Slovakia v Scotland tips: Time for Tartan Army to wave goodbye to Strachan
Fail to win tonight and Scotland can get rid of Strachan. What an incentive!
October 11th, 2016
Scotland must have felt like world-beaters when they defeated Malta 5-1 in their opening World Cup qualifying match. Robert Snodgrass managed a hat-trick against the tiny group minnows but far from being a reflection on the abilities of Strachan’s men it was perhaps illustrative that these are the only sort of competitive games which the Scots have a real hope of winning.
Scotland’s following fixture ended with a result which more aptly demonstrated the Scots’ position in the world rankings and indeed they could have been pretty embarrassed by Lithuania had James McArthur not salvaged some pride for his side by heading in an equaliser with little time remaining on the clock.
Can Scotland prove their abilities when they travel to Slovakia tonight? We fully expect them to do just that with the result that they will be heading home with their tails between their legs.
The big problem is Gordon Strachan. The manager actually seemed happy with the 1-1 draw with Lithuania, remarking that it was a ‘good point’. Really Gordon? These are the sort of games which Scotland really should be winning relatively comfortably and the fans and players alike would appear to be thoroughly disillusioned with a manager who makes ‘unusual’ team selections and alienates players.
Chris Martin for example. This Championship player was picked by Strachan to lead the line against the Lithuanians, however he has managed a grand total of zero goals in his last 20 Championship matches and rather predictably he failed miserably in that encounter.
Doubtless he will feature again tonight and blunt even further an already toothless Scottish attack. Ritchie and Snodgrass were hardly any better against a solid Lithuanian defence and they will also fail when faced with an even stronger Slovakian rearguard tonight.
Indeed Slovakia could consider themselves unlucky to have lost to a late Adam Lallana goal in their clash with a dour England side and following their 1-0 defeat to Slovenia in their last outing, they will be rather more confident of sealing some points tonight.
We fancy their chances and with William Hill going 5/4 for a home win, we could be looking at the pick of the Tuesday evening bets. Three points in the bag for a winning Slovakia and good riddance to Strachan for a losing Scotland. What better incentive could there possibly be for each side?