Scotland (@1.61) vs France (@2.37)
22-08-2019

Our Prediction:

Scotland will win

Scotland – France Match Prediction | 22-08-2019

The Scotts were producing fine performances in the UEFA Nations League, but they do not want to stop now. Alex McLeish has a number of high-profile players to choose from and it is no surprise his men are considered favourites to win Thursdays football game. The Kazaks, on the other hand, defeated Moldova in their last competitive match, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener. Scotland will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Albania and Israel when they welcome Scotland at their Astana Arena on Thursday evening. A man to watch in the away side will be Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson, who is enjoying yet another successful season with the Reds. Anyhow, Scotland are more of a team than Kazakhstan and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors.

Playing their home games at King Baudouin Stadium, the Red Devils have impressed at the start of the 21st century, with the likes of Eden Hazard, Vincent Kompany, Romelu Lukaku and Kevin De Bruyne just some of the world-class players in the squad. Following some impressive results in the Euro 2016 qualifiers and international friendlies, Belgium climbed to number 1 position in the FIFA Rankings in November 2015.

But the rugby union odds suggest it will be a close-run affair. With France-bound fly-half Finn Russell guiding proceedings, it's hard to see Scotland losing this one at Murrayfield. That long injury list looks set to cost new-look France dearly as they look to build on a Six Nations' record-breaking defensive effort against Ireland. And Scotland - who themselves will be without wing Byron McGuigan, lock Richie Gray and centre Duncan Taylor - are unlikely to be as careless in attack or as dim-witted in defence as they were at the Principality Stadium last weekend. It would only take another breath-taking Teddy Thomas run, or for Louis Picamoles to rampage through the Scottish defence a few times for French confidence to hit the roof - which is exactly what Scotland coach Gregor Townsend wouldn't want. Despite everything, France still carry that air of unpredictability.

Scotland Premiership Predictions

On the other hand, the Scotts participated at both Euro 1992 and Euro 1996, but they failed to qualify for the knockout stages at the tournaments in Sweden and England respectively. Scotland booked their place at the FIFA World Cup on eight occasions, but they have not played a match at the finals of the major tournament since 1998. A number of Premier League stars played for the Scotland national football team in the past and Jim Baxter, Hughie Gallacher, John Greig, Jimmy Johnstone, Billy McNeill, Bobby Murdoch, Archie Gemmill and Lawrie Reilly are the footballers who made more than 50 appearances for Scotland, with Alan Hutton and Scott Brown joining the list recently.

Israel bounced back from the opening defeat to Albania with two wins on the bounce and they entered Novembers final set of fixtures in the best position out of three sides. Can they defend the very top spot on Tuesday night when they travel to Glasgow to play Scotland at Hampden Park in teams final action for the year.

Scottish hopes had been high coming into the tournament after an impressive November run, but they were shattered in 80 humiliating minutes against a Scarlets-tipped Wales. As our rugby union betting previews show, they will need to bounce back quickly against Jacques Brunel's battered and patched-up French, who will be missing as many as 11 regular starters due to injury. Both teams will be desperate for a win in Edinburgh on Sunday after opening round defeats - France fell to an agonising after-the-hooter-drop-goal defeat against Ireland in Paris, while Scotland suffered a bubble-bursting shellacking in Cardiff.

The Blue and Whites will head into the game in sky-high spirits following a demolishing 7-0 victory in a friendly against Guatemala on Thursday night. Can they finish the year in style and avoid a defeat against Scotland? It was the third consecutive win for Andreas Herzog and his men who have indeed been flying high of late. Salzburgs striker Munas Dabour confirmed the good form by netting a brace on the occasion. Eran Zahavi, Taleb Tawatha, Dia Saba and Ben Sahar were all also on the scoreline for Israel.

Germany Regionalliga Northeast Tips

A man to watch in the away side will be Liverpool full-back Andy Robertson, who is enjoying yet another successful season with the Reds. Alex McLeish has a number of high-profile players to choose from and it is no surprise his men are considered favourites to win Thursdays football game. The Kazaks, on the other hand, defeated Moldova in their last competitive match, which is surely giving fans a reason for optimism ahead of their Euro 2020 qualification opener. Anyhow, Scotland are more of a team than Kazakhstan and we believe that there is a big value in betting on the visitors. Scotland will be looking to build on back-to-back wins over Albania and Israel when they welcome Scotland at their Astana Arena on Thursday evening. The Scotts were producing fine performances in the UEFA Nations League, but they do not want to stop now.

Think the Lions in New Zealand last June. This could be closer than many people think Odd Digger's Rugby Union betting tips suggests that this game will be very close, with Unibet's odds typical of those on offer. Yes, they have been so ravaged by injury that long-forgotten 32-year-old fly-half Lionel Beauxis has been recalled, but they are still strong in defence and - as Thomas proved in Paris last weekend - capable of individual brilliance in attack. So, while Scotland are likely to supply the breath-taking play, in a reversal of expected roles France could bring the dogged determination. It would be wrong, however, to write off the French entirely, for all that their fabled 'flair' may be flickering and sputtering.

Last time they played was in 2013 when Belgium won 2:0. Belgium won 10 of them, while Scotland triumphed in four encounters. Belgium were one of the favorites but they lost to France in the semi-finals. In fact, before that, the last time they suffered a defeat was against Spain in September of 2016. Looks like an away win to us. Scotland and Belgium have previously played in 17 matches. This friendly will be played at the Hampden Park in Glasgow. Scotland didnt qualify for this years World Cup. That loss to France was the only loss in their previous 10 games. Still, they managed to beat England in the 3rd place match. Looking at Scotlands last 10 matches, they are not in good form mostly because each of their four losses came in the last five games including the last two. They are in good form and will carry that into this game and their opening game in the League of Nations.

His main position is left-back, but he is used as a left midfielder as well. Dmitri Shomko then moved to Irtysh Pavlodar and he played for the Kazak club from 2009 to 2014. In 2011 he was sent on loan to Astana and three years later he signed a permanent deal with the Blue and Yellows. As expected, the 182-cm tall footballer returned to his boyhood club and it has to be noted that he made nine appearances in the league for Ekibastuzets.

What will be the key match?

The notion of French flair has taken a pounding in recent years, but Les Bleus have still had the beating of Scotland. That said, Scotland's recent form - until Wales last weekend - has been far superior to that of the French, which explains why bookmakers like Betway are offering such short odds on a home win on Sunday. The Scots proved in November - when they came within a whisker of beating New Zealand - that they can trouble the best sides in the world. It included a decade-long winning streak that came to an end in Edinburgh in March 2016. Between 2000 and 2017, France won 18 of the 20 matches between the two sides. If they can get anywhere near their All Black-scaring free-flowing best, they will have the beating of France.

The Leeds United defender, who is capable of playing at left and centre back, received his first ever call-up for Scotland on 10 March 2016 for a friendly match against Denmark, but he did not make his debut for the senior team back then. Liam Cooper began his career at Hull City and, after spending several seasons on loan at Carlisle United and Huddersfield Town he joined Chesterfield in 2013.