Scotland will feel they can qualify in Group I alongside Belgium, however it is these away trips to places like Kazakhstan and Russia that they will have to come back with something. Form Labs bring you their betting preview and tips for the game and if value is what you are after then head over to our FanBoosts section and check out our selection of enhanced odds.
Scotland Quietly Confident
Scotland will fell they’re in with a chance to land one of the two qualification spots on offer in their group, but they’ll want to make headway with main rivals Russia travelling to expected winners Belgium later on Thursday.
However, their hosts shouldn’t prove to be absolute pushovers having gone W4-D3-L3 since the start of 2018, winning their only game under new coach Nikola Jurcevic so far, though admittedly the standard of opposition they’ve faced over this spell should be bettered by the Scots.
McLeish Turning Things Around
Alex McLeish’s second spell in charge didn’t start too well with four defeats from five matches, but aside from a Belgium side that are a class apart, they weren’t embarrassed in their other three defeats in what were tricky fixtures.
Since then, they’ve picked up steam as they’ve won three of four games to top Group C1 in the UEFA Nations League and lost 3-1 to Portugal in a friendly, and those competitive results will hand them confidence against a Kazakhstan side that managed just an average of a point per game in League D against the likes of Georgia, Latvia and Andorra.
Kazakhstan v Scotland Betting Tips
Liverpool’s Andy Robertson hasn’t made the flight to Kazakhstan after being advised to have a dental operation, but while the captain’s absence is certainly a loss, left-back shouldn’t cause McLeish undue concern with Celtic’s Kieran Tierney available in the wings.
Kazakhstan are just W3-D6-L16 in Euro or World Cup qualifiers on home turf since August 2008, with their last victory a 2-1 success over the Faroe Islands in September 2013, so Scotland should bank on their quality to get off to a good start.
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