IT was a glory night for Wales on Thursday and Scotland will be hoping it’s their turn on Friday.
The Scots are in a Group D dogfight with Germany, Poland and Ireland and their trip to Tbilisi it’s just about a must-win ahead of the world champions’ visit to Glasgow on Monday.
Last time we travelled to Georgia they lost 2-0 but it feels different under Gordon Strachan and I’m backing the away win at 4-5 with McBookie.
Georgia have named a mainly young squad ahead of the World Cup qualifiers while Scotland have no injury problems and are packed with experience. Still a one-goal win is what I’d take – and almost expect – and that pays 12-5 at bet365.
Shaun Maloney is Scotland’s top scorer in Group D with four and the new Hull hitman is 17-4 at 888sport to add to his tally and 10-1 at Ladbrokes to net first.
Scotland have conceded the first goal in all three away matches in this group and that’s a concern but it was against better opposition. I can see them keeping a clean sheet this time and that pays 1-1 at William Hill.
Strachan will have one eye on Germany v Poland and hoping for a home win. The Poles beat their great rivals 2-0 away and will fancy their chances of avoiding defeat.
It’s time the world champs stepped up to the plate but a best price of 3-10 with bet365 and McBookie looks a bit short.
The Germans conceded at home to Scotland and Ireland and best bet could be both to score at 21-20 with boylesports.
In the final Group D game it’s a question of how many as Ireland travel to Gibraltar. The Irish should win by at least four and bookies know it with -4 just 8-11 with firms such as bet365.
Robbie Keane has been in fine form for LA Galaxy and looks a decent bet at 5-2 with bet365 and Betfred to score first.
Scotland clean sheet
(1-1, William Hill)
Maloney (Scotland) to score
Keane (Ireland) to score first
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