Live On Sky Sports 1: Tue: 20:00. Chris Hutcheon previews Scotland’s Euro2012 qualifying match at Hampden and get see past Spain
Gary Caldwell insists Scotland can still reach Euro 2012 despite losing 1-0 against the Czech Republic on Friday but Totesport disagree, pricing Craig Levein’s side at 7/1 to get to the finals and posting 1/16 against the Scots failing to qualify.
Next up for the Scots are World and European champions Spain and perhaps not surprisingly, a victory for Scotland in that match is considered more unlikely than qualification; Victor Chandler rating them at 9/1 to send the Spaniards packing at Hampden Park.
Given their toothless performance in Prague it’s hard to envisage anything other than another defeat for Levein’s men at the hands of Stan James’ emphatic 2/5 favourites and arguably the best outcome the hosts can hope for is a goalless encounter (12/1, 888Sport).
On the evidence of the negative approach and the attacking threat they posed on Friday, it seems unlikely that Scotland will even get on the scoresheet in Glasgow and Vicente del Bosque’s charges subsequently catch the eye at 6/5 (Ladbrokes) to combine victory with a clean sheet.
At the other end, David Villa is just 11/4 with Betfred to break the deadlock and the Barcelona man is odds-on across the board just to find the net.
However, that’s a touch skinny, especially considering Villa’s astonishing miss against Lithuania and a better bet is bet365’s 6/4 for Atletico Bilbao marksman Fernando Llorente to follow up his brace in that clash by striking at some stage in this one.