Luxembourg v Scotland betting tips: Changes afoot for Clarke
Scotland end their Euro 2020 build-up with a friendly against Luxembourg on Sunday buoyed by an encouraging draw against the Netherlands during the week despite fielding a weakened team.
Steve Clarke’s side are the 4/6 favourites to win in Luxembourg City ahead of their first group game against Czech Republic on June 14.
We’ve highlighted some of the markets and odds in our Luxembourg v Scotland betting tips.
Clarke was without seven players on Wednesday night after John Fleck tested positive for Covid-19, but they led twice against a strong Dutch team who needed a last-minute free-kick from Memphis Depay to rescue a 2-2 draw.
The nations have met just four times, with Scotland winning three and drawing one, the latest coming nine years ago when a Jordan Rhodes double earned Billy Stark’s side a 2-1 win in an international friendly.
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Scotland are 5/4 to win and under 3.5 match goals or 13/5 to end their warm-ups with a victory but concede bearing in mind Luxembourg lost 3-1 to Portugal in a World Cup qualifier.
Three days earlier Luxembourg beat Republic of Ireland in Dublin, so we go 9/2 on a home win, 11/4 a draw or 5/4 for the hosts not to lose.
Three of Scotland’s last four games have ended in score draws which can be backed at 19/4 and they have scored inside the first 10 minutes in their previous two games, so we go 21/5 to win after 15 minutes in our Luxembourg v Scotland betting tips.
Clarke was without David Marshall, Stephen O’Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn, Che Adams and Fleck in Portugal and although Clarke later revealed only “two or three” of those players would have started he now has to decide whether they all get game time on Sunday.
Fleck was the only player not to train on Thursday, so the Sheffield United midfielder is unlikely to face Luxembourg.
Clarke went with a 5-3-2 formation against the Dutch after which he said: “Good balance, good options, we do a lot of work on the training ground that is very similar, one right centre-back will know what the next one’s going to do. Everyone knows their job and role within the team. I think that showed tonight.”
Luxembourg played the same system in Malaga on Wednesday when a stoppage-time goal from Erling Braut Haaland gave Norway a 1-0 win.
Defender Jack Hendry scored his first international goal against Holland and is 18/1 to break the deadlock again or 7/1 to find the net, but Che Adams is the 10/3 favourite to bag the opener.
Kevin Nisbet scored two minutes after coming on as a second-half sub and is 7/5 to repeat the trick, while John McGinn, who hit a double in the 4-0 win against Faroe Islands, is 5/1 to get the opening goal and 21/10 in the any-time market.
The two favourites to score against Scotland weren’t in the squad for the Norway game, so the next best at 9/1 and 7/2 in the two markets is Gerson Rodrigues who struck against Portugal and Ireland.
Where: Stade Josy Barthel, Luxembourg City
When: 17:00, Sunday 6th June
How to watch: Sky Sports
All odds and markets correct as of date of publication