Scotland vs Lithuania Tips
Scotland and Lithuania have regularly been drawn in the same qualifying groups over the years, with the Baltic nation often making life difficult for the Scots. They’ve met in six competitive matches this century, with Lithuania even earning a win and a draw, while losing on the other four occasions. This Saturday at Hampden Park Scotland should have too much quality for their guests to handle, but it is likely to be another close affair, which should make for an intriguing evening and for some exciting betting opportunities.
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Prediction: Leigh Griffiths will get on the scoresheet
Scotland eventually managed to see off the challenge posed by Malta in their opening match of this group, but they struggled early on in that 5-1 win and relied on plenty of luck for their first two goals. This weekend they should be more comfortable in attack given that Celtic striker Leigh Griffiths is once again available.
He missed the Malta trip with injury, but is in the squad for this week’s fixtures and he is priced at 7/5 to score at any time in the 90 minutes. Given his exceptional club form to start the season (he has scored eight goals in the 12 matches he has played so far), he is likely to be the focal point of Gordon Strachan’s attack.
He has yet to score for his country, but that is because he has been overlooked for so long and has only played a total of 272 minutes in a Scotland shirt. On Saturday, the prediction is that this could change.
Good value football tips: It’ll be level at half-time, but Scotland will go on to win
As mentioned above, Scotland have never had it easy against the Lithuanians. Although they have defeated them four times in the past 13 years, none of those victories were simple.
There have been two 1-0 wins, as well as one 2-1 win and one 3-1 win, highlighting just how tricky Lithuania can be. In three of those wins, the scores were level at half-time, before Scotland eked out the three points in the second half, so anyone betting on the odds of 13/5 for that to happen again this weekend could make a handsome Saturday night earning.
Considering that this was the case in the 5-1 win over Malta, where the half-time score was 1-1, and considering that Scotland were level at the break in three of their five home matches in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, this bet makes plenty of sense.