Scotland open their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign on Thursday night when they welcome Austria to Hampden Park.
Steve Clarke’s men ended a 10-tournament drought when they confirmed their place at Euro 2020 last November, and are now looking to reach the World Cup for the first time since 1998.
Although they have won three of their last four competitive home matches inside 90 minutes, bet365 make Scotland 11/5(3.20) outsiders to extend that streak with another victory here.
Austria had a 100 per cent away record during their last Nations League campaign, topping League B1 in the process, and are 6/5(2.20) favourites to win this one as well.
The hosts drew both of their Euro 2020 play-off matches, eventually winning on penalties each time to reach this summer’s tournament, and another tie is available at 12/5 (3.40).
Rangers midfielder Ryan Jack has withdrawn from Clarke’s squad, whilst Che Adams could be handed his maiden Scotland cap.
Austria captain Julian Baumgartlinger is injured and former West Ham star Marko Arnautovic has not been selected, which could allow 17-year-old Yusuf Demir to make his international debut.
Scotland had one of their greatest days in the last 25 years in November when they beat Slovakia to qualify for Euro 2020, and despite losing their two games since, they should find things easier at home.
Only Russia and Belgium have managed to come away with a competitive win since September 2015, with Clarke’s men winning five of their last six – keeping four clean sheets along the way.
Austria are also extremely adept at keeping things tight, having conceded just twice in their last six competitive away games but they also scored only five times across those fixtures.
With both teams strong at the back but not overly proficient in the final third, the best tip for this game comes in the form of under 2.0, 2.5 goals on the Asian goal line at 1.840 with bet365.
This bet will pay out in full if there are fewer than two strikes, whilst half of the stake will win and the other half returned if there are exactly two.
Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.
Source : goal.com