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World Cup Qualifiers – Scots can respond against goal-shy Slovakia

World Cup Qualifiers – Scots can respond against goal-shy Slovakia

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Gordon Strachan’s men saw their hopes of a place in Russia in 2018 dented when being held to a 1-1 draw at Hampden Park by Lithuania on Saturday.

It would have been worse for the Scots but for a late James McArthur equaliser, but they do still remain unbeaten in qualifying and they currently sit second in the group behind England.

They can also take heart from the fact that they now face a country who are without a point from their first two qualifiers and, perhaps more importantly, without a goal.

Slovakia, 6/5 to collect the win, were beaten 1-0 at home by England in their opening match last month, before falling to a 1-0 away defeat in Slovenia on Saturday.

Jan Kozak’s men have in fact gone four games without a goal, which dates back to their 0-0 draw with England at the Euros in the summer.

Northern Ireland drew 0-0 in Slovakia in qualifying for Euro 2016 and Scotland, 5/2 with ComeOn! to pick up the three points, will feel they can go one better take full advantage of their recent scoring issues.

The Scots are hardly prolific themselves in front of goal, so those looking at the correct score market may want to consider the 27/4 on offer for 0-1.

Meanwhile, Scotland’s Group F rivals Slovenia and England go head-to-head in Ljubliana on Tuesday.

Gareth Southgate’s first game in charge of the senior team saw a less than convincing displays, England defeated the minnows of Malta 2-0 at Wembley.

Nonetheless, the victory extended England’s unbeaten run in qualifiers to 31 games – with their last qualifying defeat coming away to Ukraine on October 10, 2009.

A trip to Slovenia offers a sterner test and those seeking a value bet may be tempted into the 13/5 on offer for the draw with ComeOn! Slovenia can be back at 9/2 to end England’s impressive run, while the Three Lions are 20/31 to collect another win.

Germany have looked mightily impressive in their opening two qualifiers, with two wins out of two, six goals scored and none conceded, away to Norway and at home to Czech Republic.

The world champions face a Northern Ireland team, who have continued their good form from the Euros, securing four points from their first two games.

The two teams met in France in the summer, with Joachim Low’s men running out 1-0 victors – a repeat scoreline on Tuesday can be backed at 13/2, while a third successive 3-0 win for Germany is available at 19/4.

Michael O’Neill’s men are a massive 30/1 with ComeOn! to spring a massive surprise and win in Hannover, with the hosts 2/25 and the draw priced at 29/4.

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