Scotland are one game away from keeping their dreams of a first World Cup since France 1998 alive. A last-gasp own goal by Martin Skrtel on Thursday night means qualification is now in their own hands. After beating Slovakia, a win away to Slovenia is now all that’s required to enter the play-offs.
It wasn’t looking too rosy on Thursday until the late goals at both Wembley and Hampden Park swung the group back in Scotland’s favour. On the ball in-play punters could have backed an England & Scotland double at a massive 41/1 at one point.
Scotland have the punters backing. Since that last minute winner, 80.7% of bets on the match have been on Gordon Strachan’s side to take the three points in Ljubljana. Form is in Scotland’s favour too. They’ve won four of their last five – and only drew the other one with England thanks to a 92nd minute Harry Kane equaliser. A small boost for Scotland is that Slovenia will be without both Rene Krhin and Valter Birsa due to suspension.
The Scots are favourites, according to the odds, on Sunday night. You can back them to win at a best price of 7/4.
Oddschecker spokesman, George Elek: “Many fans were calling for Strachan to be sacked earlier on in the campaign, but he’s managed to turn it around. 13 points from the last 15 available says it all, but Scotland will need to make that 16 from 18 if they’re to have any chance of making Russia 2018.”