Euro Qualification Previews

SERBIA v SCOTLAND

H: 0.60

D: 2.40

A: 4.50

It’s been over 20 years since Scotland featured in an international tournament and there is real hope that they can achieve that goal given that they are unbeaten in their last eight games dating back to October last year. Steve Clarke’s game plan here will be very much on cutting off the supply lines to Aleksandr Mitrovic and that will mean keeping a close eye on playmakers Dusan Tadic and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic. The Scots have grown into a defensively resolute side having not conceded a goal in their last three games and have simply been a more consistent unit than Serbia in recent times. They are capable of breaking their international tournament duck here and there is value to be had in backing a win for the visitors.

NORTHERN IRELAND v SLOVAKIA

H: 1.50

D: 1.80

A: 2.00

THE PREDICTION

Northern Ireland and Slovakia scraped through their ‘Path B’ semi-finals on penalties – against Bosnia-Herzegovina and Republic of Ireland respectively – and now contest this final for the right to feature in the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament. Neither team have actually won a match in normal time in 2020, and Slovakia’s poor form in the Nations League has even seen them part ways with Pavel Hapal so Stefan Tarkovic is in temporary charge for this match, and that managerial change makes this clash somewhat unpredictable to call. What is likely is that this will be a tight affair lacking quality so backing against both teams scoring could be the way to play this one.

HUNGARY v ICELAND

H: 1.30

D: 2.00

A: 2.10

The ‘Path A’ final sees Hungary and Iceland duke it out for a spot in the rescheduled Euro 2020 tournament after making it this far on account of their performances in the Nations League. A glance at the form book reveals that Hungary look in better shape here – at least on paper – as they have only lost one of their last five while Iceland have picked up just one victory over the same sequence of games. However, the quality of their respective opposition has to be taken into account as Iceland have been facing off against the likes of Belgium and England, and in fact they competed well with the number one-ranked Belgians in a narrow 1-2 loss last month. The Hungarians will look to keep things tight as that has served them well in recent times, and while Iceland are not as resolute at the back as they once were, they are capable of stifling the opposition in this crucial game. This could easily swing both ways but backing the draw after 90 minutes could be worthwhile.

Odds are subject to change.

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