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Lithuania vs Scotland – Previous results make outcome hard to call

| 03.09.2010

Scotland have suffered a mixed bag of results in their previous three visits to Lithuania, which makes their opening qualifying game for Euro 2012 in Group 1 difficult to call.

The Scots have been placed in the same group as Lithuania for the fourth European Championships in succession and although Scotland have won all three showdown on home soil, they have not been so dominant in the away fixtures.

The head-to-head record in Lithuania gives each country a win with the other game a draw, although Scotland did win 2-1 on their last visit to Lithuania in 2006.

Only 11 places separate the nations in the latest FIFA world rankings, with Craig Levein’s side positioned marginally higher in 41st spot.

However, it is the home side who are the slender favourites to claim victory on their home patch at 6/4, with Scotland 7/4 to begin their campaign with a success.

Both teams will understand the importance of winning the game if they want to qualify for Euro 2012, as their group also contains this year’s World Cup winners Spain, the Czech Republic and Liechtenstein.

Kenny Miller got what proved to be the winning goal in Lithuania four years ago and is 11/5 to find the net at any time, with Middlesbrough’s Kris Boyd quoted at the same price.

The omens may be good for Scotland as Lithuania lost 2-0 in their most recent fixture on home soil, which was a friendly against Belarus.

Meanwhile, they won three of their five home games during qualifying for the World Cup, with their two 1-0 defeats coming against France and Romania.

Scotland are 13/2 to also land a 1-0 victory. See the whole Lithuania vs Scotland correct scoreline betting market.



Ed Needham