Scotland manager Steve Clarke

Scotland vs Kazakhstan: Clarke keen to maintain momentum

Kick-off: 1945, 19/11/2019

Stadium: Hampden Park

TV: Sky Sports

Scotland have a score to settle with Kazakhstan as they look to end an up-and-down Euro 2020 Group I campaign on a high note at Hampden Park.

The Scots started out with a 3-0 loss to the same team at Astana Arena back in March, but have since had a change of leadership and look in better shape for the reverse fixture.

Neither team can make the top two, so that could lead to an open contest, which makes 17/10 for a home win and over 2.5 goals appeal as a Scotland vs Kazakhstan prediction.

A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds

Scotland recovered from that early setback to beat San Marino and Cyprus, but then struggled against the pool’s big guns.

Steve Clarke endured a difficult start to international management with four consecutive defeats in games against Belgium and Russia.

However, Clarke always insisted he wanted to find some form, with a play-off place already secured via their Nations League exploits.

Last month’s 6-0 drubbing of San Marino in Glasgow helped to kick-start his reign and Saturday’s 2-1 win in Cyprus was another boost to morale.

Scotland had an early reprieve in Nicosia when George Efrem’s shot bounced off the underside of the bar and appeared to cross the line, but the goal was not given.

Ryan Christie soon netted a glorious 12th-minute opener, Efrem equalised two minutes after the break, but John McGinn swept home a 53rd-minute winner.

“It was important to build on the San Marino victory,” stated Clarke. “We showed a little bit of resilience to get the three points we wanted.

“The win was crucial for us because it gives us the opportunity to go home against Kazakhstan, get another three points and that would set us up nicely for the play-off games in March.”

Clarke does have injury problems to contend with, which may make the hosts vulnerable at the back.

However, we like 13/4 for a home win and both teams to score from the Scotland vs Kazakhstan odds.

A Look At Kazakhstan’s Betting Odds

Kazakhstan only became an independent country in 1991 and have never qualified for a major tournament, but they can look back on this campaign with some satisfaction.

Although failing to score against Belgium or Russia, they have not drawn a blank in any of their other five fixtures.

As well as that famous win over Scotland, they have beaten San Marino 4-0 and 3-1 and secured a fine 1-1 draw away to Cyprus.

Losing 2-1 at home to the last-named nation after leading at half-time shows they still have some lessons to learn, though.

McGinn has been in great form for Scotland, scoring against Russia in September, hitting a hat-trick versus San Marino and settling the Cyprus clash.

Let’s finish off our Scotland vs Kazakhstan betting tips by taking 2/1 for the Aston Villa ace to net at anytime and 11/2 he strikes first here.

Additional stats

Last result:

Cyprus 1-2 SCOTLAND – Christie, McGinn

San Marino 1-3 KAZAKHSTAN – Zaynutdinov, Suyumbayev, Shchotkin

Head-to-head: Kazakhstan 3-0 Scotland

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