Scotland vs Georgia Betting TipsJake Cooper | 12 Oct 2016
Scotland take on Georgia at the Ibrox Stadium on Saturday in a game where they will hope to pick up their first points in the Euro 2016 qualifiers.
Blackburn Rovers defender Grant Hanley knows how important the match is for Scotland and is desperate to get off the mark. “We have to start picking up points,” he told reporters, “It’s our first home game and we must be positive.
“Competition is high and it spurs everyone on and there’s a great team spirit.”
Striker Steven Fletcher is set to rise to the challenge having finally ended his 10 month goal drought last weekend scoring a brace in Sunderland’s victory over Stoke.
Assistant manager Mark McGhee hinted that Fletcher would start, commenting, “He has arrived feeling great about himself. Could that sway minds in terms of selection? Absolutely. How a player is doing at any particular time is vital.”
Fletcher earned his 15th international cap last month when he came on against Germany. Setting up a goal for Ikechi Anya, he was unfortunately unable to prevent the side slipping to a 2-1 defeat.
Manager Gordon Strachan’s starting line-up is likely to include both McGhee and Steven Naismith. “Naismith has shown a flexibility with the way he has been playing for Everton,” said McGhee.
“He’s been playing up front with Romelu Lukaku just off him, or Lukaku up front with Stevie off him, or even playing out to the side.
“He can play just about anywhere in that forward area and his form is so good it is difficult to ignore him.”
Burnley’s Matt Gilks is likely to remain in goal for Scotland after Allan McGregor was ruled out with a shoulder problem but the side faces no additional injuries ahead of the game on Saturday.
Both Scott Brown and Andy Robertson look fit to return and will likely join the starting line-up in midfield and left-back respectively.
New call-ups Stevie May and Ryan Gauld may make their first appearances in the clash against Georgia.
“It’s an opportunity for them to show what they can do,” said McGhee. “They both did excellently well in training and were mentioned in dispatches by the manager on the way off the field.”
Scotland’s last meetings with Georgia were in 2007 when both sides recorded home victories.
Georgia, like Scotland began their Euro 2016 qualifying with a 2-1 defeat as they were beaten by Republic of Ireland.
Head coach Temuri Ketsbaia makes his first return to Scotland since his playing days when he had a spell with Dundee. He believes that in this meeting Georgia could cause an upset despite their inferior record.
Apart from two wins earlier this year Ketsbaia’s side has not recorded a victory since 2012, but the Georgia boss remains positive and expects to return from Scotland with at least one point.
“You saw Scotland against Germany, where they played very well. They did not deserve to lose the game,” he said. “In our group there is one team who will finish top as Germany are big favourites. But the second and third positions are between Ireland, Scotland, Poland and we also have some ambitions”
Scotland vs Georgia Betting Tips
Check out the following top betting tips for Scotland vs Georgia.
Scotland are usually good for a goal or two and Georgia have found the net in the majority of their fixtures this year so Scotland to win and both teams to score is a great bet at 3/1 from Betway.
Paddy Power has the best goal scorer market out there with Fletcher and Naismith both at 6/5 to score.