Back-to-form Germany may be too strong for Scotland again
Scotland’s failure to score for the first time in 13 matches in Georgia on Friday could prove very costly.
The Scots were sunk by a first-half goal in Tbilisi and never really looked like clawing back the deficit. In fact, they failed to muster a single effort on target in the 90 minutes if you don’t count Shaun Maloney’s corner which had to be scooped off the line by the Georgian keeper.
Gordon Strachan changed his formation several times during the match but left it late to introduce Leigh Griffiths, much to the astonishment of most Scottish fans. Griffiths has been banging in the goals from all angles for Celtic this season but Steven Fletcher, a striker who has barely figured for Sunderland this season, was preferred. He didn’t do a lot wrong but support from midfield was virtually no-existent with Ikechi Anya, who had been struggling with injury, particularly ineffective.
Scotland are now in a difficult position. The two top in Group D, Germany and Poland, are now almost out of reach and the Scots have ceded third place, and a play-off place, to the Republic Of Ireland and it won’t be easy to wrest back the initiative as they must now get a result against world champions Germany at Hampden.
Scotland have never beaten Germany in a competitive fixture but meetings are usually tight affairs. The Tartan Army will be in full voice for this one but Strachan’s men may just lack the quality to prevent their visitors from taking all three points at 1/2. We have priced up a 1-2 correct score at 13/2.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Monday, September 7th at Hampden Park
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