Low on confidence after a terrible run, Al Hain-Cole cannot see the Tartan Army running riot when Varrella’s minnows visit Hampden Park on Sunday
The Tartan Army are at a low ebb after suffering a fourth consecutive defeat with a 4-0 humiliation in Russia on Thursday, their worst run since 2004 under Berti Vogts.
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With automatic qualification now impossible, they are overwhelming 1/100 (1.01) favourites with bet365 to go a small way to restoring some pride by coming out on top against FIFA’s lowest-ranked team.
Franco Varrella’s side have lost 34 matches in a row coming into this clash, and are hefty 50/1 (51.00) outsiders to compound their opponents’ misery by pulling off a shock victory.
The guests last avoided defeat by holding Estonia to a 0-0 draw back in their Euro 2016 qualification campaign, and there are odds of 25/1 (26.00) available on them earning a point once again.
Scotland vs San Marino team news
Kenny McLean, Grant Hanley, Ryan Jack and Oli McBurnie have all dropped out of the original squad due to injury, although Scott McTominay is available once against after being suspended for the Russia match.
First choice goalkeeper Elia Benedettini – one of San Marino’s few professional players – is a long-term absentee due to a knee injury.
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While victory should be a given against their largely amateur visitors, Steve Clarke’s men are under considerable pressure to deliver an emphatic winning scoreline due to their extremely disappointing recent performances.
However, a relatively narrow 2-0 win in the reverse encounter does not suggest a thrashing will come easy, nor does Scotland’s return of just three goals in five matches since.
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In fact, odds of 6/5 (2.20) may prove a smart investment on La Serenissima keeping the scoreline to under 5.5 goals for their 12th game in 14 – much to the dismay of the Hampden crowd.
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