SCOTLAND are 7-2 with McBookie to reach Russia after their great escape against Slovakia on Friday.

Gordon Strachan's men played well to win and need another three points in Slovenia tomorrow to clinch second spot in Group F and a play-off place.

I tipped us to do no better than draw with the Slovaks without Scott Brown and Stuart Armstrong but everyone played their part in a decent display that was helped by Robert Mak's early red card.

The assumption is Slovakia will beat Malta at home – they are a best 1-14 – so Scotland need to win and Slovenia are out so that may help our cause.

The momentum is with us after three wins in a row and I'm hoping we get the job done in another cagey 90 minutes.

We are 7-4 with McBookie – as are Slovenia – while the draw pays 85-40 with the Scots firm.

Leigh Griffiths was our star turn against the Slovaks, hitting the bar and forcing two good saves from the keeper, and is 11-2 with bet365 to score first.

Slovenia, who have in goal Jan Oblak who is rated by some as the world's best keeper, haven't conceded at home and held England 0-0. And at Wembley on Friday it took a 94th minute Harry Kane goal to kill them off.

We beat them 1-0 at Hampden with a late Chris Martin strike and a 1-0 win pays 7-1 at Paddy Power.

England were hopeless in Friday's victory but should finish the campaign with a comfortable win in Lithuania.

Scotland were easy 3-0 winners there last month and even Malta took their first point off the Lithuanians last week.

Gareth Southgate's men need to silence critics with a good display and are 2-5 with Skybet to win and 11-10 with Paddy Power to win by at least two. Jack Butland will be in goals and best bet against low scorers could be England to win to nil at 11-10 with McBookie.

Slovakia should also win to nil and that pays 4-11 at Paddy Power.

Elsewhere the games in Group C are meaningless regarding finishing places with Germany confirmed as winners and Northern Ireland in second.

Germany finish off at home to Azerbaijan and a convincing win is expected while Czech Republic should end on a high by mauling a San Marino side that lost 8-0 at home to Norway last week and has conceded five a game.

Norway host the Irish and in a complicated process where one runner-up loses out they might need a point to clinch a play-off. They could know before kick-off and boss Michael O'Neill plans to field his strongest possible side. If they need it the Irish should get the draw that pays 11-5 with bet365.

Group D is more exciting with Poland needing a point at home to Montenegro to clinch top spot and that result would hand Denmark second place no matter how they got on against Romania.

Poland won 2-1 away to Montenegro and should repeat the feat at home. They are a best 1-3 with bet365 which is a little short and Robert Lewandowski will be popular to score first at 21-10 with Marathonbet and to net at 4-9 with William Hill.

Denmark's victory in Montenegro last week was crucial and I don't see them slipping up against the Romanians in Copenhagen. The Danes are 4-11 at bet365 and McBookie and Christian Eriksen, who hit a cracking winner in Podgorica, is 5-1 at Ladbrokes and William Hill to score first.

Recommended Bets

  • Scotland
  • England to win to nil
  • Slovakia to win to nil
  • Lewandowski to score first
  • Poland/Denmark double

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