Scotland will have to overcome their patchy away form to stand any chance of qualifying.
It’s coming up to 20 years since Scotland last qualified for a major tournament and the Tartan Army could once again face heartbreak if they don’t take maximum points against a Lithuanian side who are all but out of contention for a World Cup place. Gordon Strachan’s side have often struggled away from home, with wins against lowly Malta and Gibraltar their last competitive victories outside of Hampden. Lithuania will be backed by a small yet passionate crowd and there is value to be had in the double chance market.
Lithuania v Scotland [Double Chance]
Lithuania have scored in six of their last seven home games (with England the only team to go to Vilnius and keep a clean sheet in that time) and will fancy their chances against a side that have shipped ten goals so far in qualifying. Scotland desperately need a win here to put pressure on Slovenia and Slovakia (who play each other on Friday) and will probably start the game on the front foot, which could leave their defence vulnerable. We’re backing the hosts to score more than once.
Tip : Yes
Lithuania v Scotland [Lithuania to Score 2+ Goals]
There is a certain kind of symmetry to Scotland’s results. 2016 saw three consecutive 1-0 score lines, whilst their third and fourth qualifying games in this campaign saw back-to-back 3-0 defeats. Leigh Griffiths’ free-kicks and Harry Kane’s stoppage time leveller is still fresh in the mind, and for those seeking a longer range punt, we suggest a 2-2 draw to maintain this run.
Tip: Draw 2-2
Lithuania v Scotland [Correct Score]
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