Scotland v Lithuania meet in the second round of World Cup 2018 qualifying before Scotland take on Slovakia in the third on Tuesday. Scotland have one win against Malta so far and this fixture against Lithuania is very important to ensure the quality start continues. Read our Scotland vs Lithuania preview and get some betting tips for this important Scotland match. Will Scotland win with a handicap? Read on.
Scotland v Lithuania Preview
Scotland won at Malta 1-5 and it was exciting to see the team score so many goals, it’s not often that Scotland score five. After failing to qualify for the Euro 2016 and, actually, any major tournament since 1998, Scotland are hoping this could be their year. The group is difficult but by winning against the lesser football nations you can hope for a miracle when the time comes to face direct opponents England and Slovakia.
Lineups, team news, injuries Scotland v Lithuania
Captain Darren Fletcher and Robert Snodgrass, who just returned to the national team and scored a hat-trick on Malta, are certain starters in midfield. Bannan or McArthur will start in the holding role while it’s yet unclear who will be on the wings – as four in-form wingers fight for two spots. Chris Martin is likely to be the number nine but Steven Fletcher is also an option.
Defender Gordon Greer is the only injury concern for Scotland and Gordon Strachan.
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Scotland v Lithuania Prediction
Lithuania are no pushovers even if they are ranked #117 and are among the weakest sides in Europe. Their record against Scotland is 1W 2D 4L, with a 3-9 goal difference, and Gordon Strachan himself said he’s impressed by Lithuania as they’re a hard-working side but not of the kind that just sits back. Indeed, Lithuania are a decent side these days under new head coach Edgaras Jankauskas, and played 2-2 at home against Slovenia.
The handicap is set at -1.25 and that seems to be the right line in this tight match in which Scotland are favorites. We still don’t know can Scotland beat lesser teams on a regular basis, but with the help of Robert Snodgrass, they should. And this is the reason why we’ll back Scotland to cover the handicap. Bet at PINNACLE or BETFAIR.