San Marino v Scotland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips | 24/03/19

San Marino v Scotland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

Anthony Olsson (@Ant_olsson93) previews San Marino vs Scotland and provides us with his best bets for Sunday’s Euro 2020 Qualifying clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.

San Marino v Scotland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips

  • Date: 24/03/19
  • Time: 17:00
  • Venue: San Marino Stadium
  • Channel: Sky Sports Main Event

If any team or any manager needed their next fixture to be against San Marino it would be Alex McLeish and his wounded Scotland team. The Tartan Army are down but by no means out despite their humiliating defeat against Kazakhstan.

McLeish will need a reaction from his side and they’ve the perfect chance to get a big win against a San Marino side who, despite some improvements in recent years, are still struggling to compete against the bigger international teams.

San Marino can frustrate teams for periods of games and Scotland will desperately want to avoid being frustrated for too long in this game. The only similar situation I can think of is when England were drawing 0-0 with Andorra at half-time. McLeish needs his big players to step up in this game and for every game going forward in the campaign otherwise he’ll likely end up being given the boot.

Team News

Potential San Marino Starting XI: Benedettini, Battistini, Cevoli, Simoncini, Palazzi, Rinaldi, Giardi, Golinucci, Mularoni, Beradi, Nanni

Potential Scotland Starting XI: Bain, Palmer, Bates, McKenna, Robertson, McGinn, McGregor, Armstrong, Burke, McBurnie, Forrest

Head To Head

  • Scotland are unbeaten in their last 6 meetings with San Marino without conceding a goal.

Key Stats & Facts

  • San Marino have lost by at least 2 or more goals in 17 out of their last 18 matches.
  • 7 of Scotland’s last 8 victories have been accompanied by a clean sheet.

Betting Odds

  • San Marino75/1
  • Draw 23/1
  • Scotland 1/25

The Verdict

As an Englishman I would get a little laugh out of San Marino pulling off an upset in this game but it’s highly unlikely that that’s going to happen. Scotland have far too much quality and talent to not grab a big win on Sunday and I can see them finding the back of the net often. Scotland haven’t been shy in front of goal in their previous games, excluding the Kazakhstan debacle, they have managed to score 7 goals in their last 3 games. They registered a big 4-0 win in against Albania on the road and I think a similar performance can be expected here. Scotland -3 on the handicap are 11/10 and whilst that is short odds, I think Scotland are more than capable of putting at least 4 goals past the worst side in Europe. The hosts have lost their 28 games, losing 25 of them to nil which gives me more confidence of Scotland being capable of overcoming a -3-goal start.

Scotland will welcome back Andrew Robertson on Sunday and I think he could be a key player in the way Scotland attack. The left-back has had a fine season with his club and I think he will be given license to get forward with there not being too much to worry about in defence. With San Marino likely sitting back in this game and surrendering possession the overlapping Robertson could find himself with a few opportunities to have a crack on goal. He is 6/1 to score at any time in the match and I think that’s worth a little punt with there not being too much value elsewhere.

For my next angles into the match I have used Bet365’s Bet Builder to try and find some value. My selections would be for James Forrest to score at any time in the game, Scotland to win both halves and Manuel Battistini to be booked.

Forrest has been I good form of late scoring 2 goals in his last 5 games for his club and he has also scored 5 goals in his last 3 games for Scotland. He also scored a hattrick against Israel back in November, so he should be high on confidence going into this one.

San Marino Right-back, Manuel Battistini, has been booked in 3 of his last 5 games for his country and I think Sunday’s game will see him make that 4 times in 6. He will be up against a lot of pace and trickery as he faces Andy Robertson and most likely Oliver Burke. I can’t see it being easy for Battistini and I think 90 minutes of chasing those two will take it’s toll.

The last selection in the bet builder is for Scotland to be winning at half-time and full-time. I think this is a good angle considering who the opposition are.

With all three of these in the bet builder you are given odds of 9/2 which I think is good value in a game which should be very one sided.

Recommended Bets

  • 1pt – Scotland -3 11/10 (Betfair)
  • 1pt – Bet builder, Forrest to score, Battistini to be booked and Scotland HT/FT 9/2 (Bet365)
  • 1pt – Andy Robertson to score at any time 6/1 (William Hill)