Scotland vs Slovakia by Isaiah
Scotland improved their chances a lot in last four matches, as the side actually opened the qualifying path with just one victory, a draw and two defeats, but have improved as said with three victories (over Malta, Lithuania and Slovenia) and a point taken against England at home and now have a decent chance to get so much wanted second position.
They are currently sharing third position with Slovenia, having just a point less than Slovakia and have no other option for this game but to search for a victory and nothing less than that, especially since they are playing away to Slovenia in the last round and in case they don't win here, Slovakia will not miss their chance to get a victory over Malta if they need it for the second position. Scottish looked generally fine in last qualifying window, winning professionally over Malta 2:0 at home and 3:0 on the road to Lithuania.
Scottish team will be laying without defender Russell Martin (29/0), midfielders Scott Brown (55/4), Stuart Armstrong (4/1), Matt Ritchie (15/3) and forwards Jordan Rhodes (14/3) and Steven Naismith (45/7).
Slovakia, on the other side, is in a bit better position since the side can calculate a bit as they play against Malta in last round, while their two competitors play against each other in that round, plus, Slovenia travels to England for tonight's clash. That would mean that the Slovaks probably have all the chances to reach the second position in case of a point taken here.
The side had three consecutive victories in qualifiers, over Malta, Lithuania and Slovenia before they visited England last month and suffered narrow 2:1 defeat in a match where they even had the lead since third minute and a goal from Lobotka, but simply couldn't keep up with the offensive power of the home team. In the end, England prevailed thanks to goals from Dier and Rashford, while the Slovaks stood second with five victories and three defeats for now.
Slovaks will miss defender Milan Skriniar (11/0) due suspension, but also defenders Kornel Salata (40/2), Dusan Svento (47/1) and forwards Michal Duris (36/4) and Marek Bakos (14/0).
This game comes as the most crucial one so far for both sides and I simply can't see it be too defensive oriented. Surely, they might not risk a lot at first, but as soon as we see one goal, the match should became widely open from both ends. Odds are simply too good in my eyes to miss this one with lower margins giving us extra value.