Rajan Hothi (@RajanHothi_) previews San Marino v Scotland and provides us with his best bets for Sunday's clash by analysing team news, potential line-ups, head-to-head, key stats and facts and more.
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San Marino v Scotland Betting Preview, Odds & Tips
- Date: 24/03/19
- Time: 17:00
- Venue: San Marino Stadium
- Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
Fifa's lowest ranking side San Marino will be looking to cause an upset by adding further damage to Scotland's qualifying hopes for EURO 2020.
In their opening qualifying game, San Marino suffered a mauling at the hands of Cyprus who ran out comfortable 5-0 winners.
The hosts have only won one game in their history and that came back in 2004 where they beat Liechtenstein 1-0.
Scotland were humiliated 3-0 by Kazakhstan and pressure is building on Alex McLeish with fans of the national side getting increasingly frustrated with the lack of progress.
The games don't get easier for the visitors either with Belgium and Russia both in Group I alongside Scotland.
While it seems impossible to even consider a Scotland loss, they will need to put San Marino to the sword as they look to amend their loss on Thursday.
The hosts should be able to name an unchanged side from the one which suffered defeat to Cyprus on Thursday.
Alex McLeish may shuffle his starting XI following their poor showing in Kazakhstan. Scott McTominay and Marc McNulty could feature after their brief cameo off the bench on Thursday.
Potential San Marino Starting XI: Benedettini, Battistini, Cevoli, Simoncini, Palazzi, Rinaldi, Giardi, Muraccini, Mularoni, Nanni, Beradi
Potential Scotland Starting XI: Bain, Robertson, Paterson, Bates, Shinnie, Armstrong, McGregor, McGinn, Fraser, McBurnie, Burke
Head To Head
- San Marino 0, Draws 0, Scotland 2
- The previous two meetings have seen Scotland knock six past San Marino without reply.
Key Stats & Facts
- San Marino have only won one international match in their history.
- The hosts also have the record for the biggest margin of defeat in a EURO qualifying game, losing 13-0 to Germany in 2006.
- The last major tournament Scotland have qualified for was the 1998 World Cup.
- San Marino have lost by at least a 2 goal margin in 13 of their last 15 matches in the EURO qualifiers.
- San Marino have been losing at both half time and full time in 23 of their last 26 matches.
- San Marino 75/1
- Draw 23/1
- Scotland 1/25
Despite their horrific showing on Thursday, it's hard to see Scotland slipping up against the lowest ranked national side.
Alex McLeish will be aware of the pressure he is under and he knows that only an emphatic win will do.
If Scotland are to qualify from Group I, they know that these are the games that they must be winning comfortably. Players like Ryan Fraser should be coming into the side and should he start, he will certainly fancy his chances to score.