Slovenia v Scotland tips: Tartan Army to secure play-offs spot
FootyOn picks out their Slovenia v Scotland tips, as Gordon Strachan’s men look to put them into Russia 2018 play-off contention.
Scotland started slowly during their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign, but have kept their dream alive by recording three straight wins and going six unbeaten.
A win from their next game would secure their place in the play-offs, where they could face some big name footballing nations.
So, with the crucial match nearly here, we’ve picked out our top Slovenia v Scotland tips…
Scotland to win to nil
Scotland have won their last three games to nil and four of their previous six home games without conceding, though their crucial game to Srecko Katanec’s men is on the road.
Each of the Tartan team’s last four victories have been without conceding and are 4/1 with Paddy Power to triumph in Ljubljana without the opposition finding the net.
First goal to be after 86 minutes
Strachan’s side have a recent history of scoring late in the game and have actually netted five times on or past the 87th minute this qualifying campaign alone.
Slovenia are sure to keep it tight in this closely fought game, so look to back Scotland breaking the deadlock late in the game, making pressure and their superior firepower count.
In fact, Chris Martin slotted home a 88th minute winner the last time the two nations met.
Griffiths to score first
Leith-born Celtic marksman Griffiths has been in great scoring form this campaign, getting seven in all club competitions so far – not to mention a brilliant free-kick brace for Scotland against England back in June.
With three goals and the same number of assists in his last four international outings too, the star is in sensational national form.
He could have made his recent record better against Slovakia recently as well, had it not been for the hand of Martin Dubravka and the woodwork.
Griffiths has shown he knows what it takes to score on the biggest stages of all and will no doubt be given another a starting berth after winning the confidence of Strachan.