Macedonia v Scotland Preview

September 8, 2013 | By

2013 Premier League Asia Trophy Free Bets No Deposit Required International World Cup Qualification action Tuesday Night comes from The Philip II of Macedonia Arena featuring Macedonia going up against Scotland.

View our Betting Preview, Tips, Predictions and Match Odds for the game that can be seen exclusively Live on BT Sports 1 High Definition, with a scheduled 19:30pm (BST) Kick Off Time.

Macedonia v Scotland Preview, 2014 World Cup Qualification, Tuesday 10th September 2013

It’s been a difficult qualification process for both these nations and any chance of making it through to the Finals next Summer in Brazil have already gone, so this game on Tuesday night regardless of the result will not have any impact on the sides who can still qualify.

Macedonia can move up into 3rd place of the group table with a victory however and after an impressive 2-1 victory over Wales last Friday every player in the squad will be confident of winning this game against a very poor Scotland side who are bottom of the group table and have managed just one victory from eight games played.

Macedonia v Scotland Team News

Macedonia Team News:

Macedonia manager Chedomir Janebski looks unlikely to change anything from the side that beat Wales 2-1 last friday night. Georgi Milanov, Nikolay Mihaylov, Yordan Hristov and Ventsislav Hristov will all be hoping to get some playing time in having featured from the bench in recent matches.

Scotland Team News:

Jordan Rhodes and Charlie Adam have picked up injuries and are unavailable for this game but other than these two players though manager Gordon Strachan has a full squad to choose his starting eleven from and Steven Naismith could be handed a place in the starting lineup for this one and will be looking to score his 3rd Scotland goal on tuesday night.

Macedonia v Scotland Head to Head Statistics

11/09/12 WQE Scotland – Macedonia
1 : 1
05/09/09 WQE Scotland – Macedonia
2 : 0
06/09/08 WQE Macedonia -Scotland 1 : 0

Who Has The Advantage?

Only three previous games have taken place between these two nation’s before of which Scotland have won once, Macedonia have won once and the remaining game finished all square.

Average Goals Per Game?

5 goals have been scored in the previous three matches which provides us with an average goals per game statistic of 1.66 which indicates that we are unlikely to see many goals scored on Tuesday night at the The Philip II of Macedonia Arena.

Macedonia v Scotland Recent Form

Macedonia: L L L W W

Scotland: L L W L L

Neither side has been setting the world alight recently, but Macedonia do have a small advantage heading into this game having won two of their last five matches played compared to Scotland who have managed just one victory from their last five games played.

Macedonia v Scotland Match Betting Odds Market.

Macedonia head into this game on the back of two victories on the bounce and with home advantage the online bookmakers rightly have them priced up as the clear favourites to win this game at a best price of 11/8 with Paddy Power (£50 Free Bets for New Customers).

The Draw could be an option as neither side really has anything left to play for now in this group, so a current best price of 23/10 with Sky Bet (£10 Free Bets No Deposit Required for New Customers) might tempt a few punters into parting with their cash.

Scotland have been an absolute shambles during this qualification stage as their single victory from eight games shows, so no real surprise to see the online bookmakers offering up a best price of 12/5 with Bet365 (£200 Free Bets for New Customers) for Gordon Strachan’s side to cause a bit of a shock and make it win number two.

Macedonia v Scotland Match Predictions, Tips & First Goal Scorer Bets.

Not a game that looks likely to generate much of a television audience as both sides have been extremely poor during this qualification stage period.

Scotland don’t ever look like making it to the finals of a major tournament and Macedonia would love nothing more than to inflict more misery onto their fans by winning this game in front of their home fans like they did on Friday night against Wales.

The prospect of moving above Serbia and into 3rd place in the group table with a victory must have every player in the Macedonian squad very committed for this game and for me they look the value play here at a decent looking price for a side that has won their last two matches on the bounce.

However, don’t expect this one to be much of a goal fest with the average goals per game statistics suggesting not many goals will be scored come Tuesday night, so betting markets like under 2.5 goals, both teams to score and first goal time all look worth taking a closer look at, but for me I am going with Macedonia to send their fans into a frenzy by winning this game and moving up into a very respectable 3rd place position in the group table.

The Verdict

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