Match Preview: Scotland vs Macedonia

Last Results-

Scotland 0-0 Serbia – Scotland’s hopes of getting off to a flyer took a significant dent. The hosts were held to an unfortunate but far from dull nil-nil draw.

The game was a lively encounter from the opening whistle to the final whistle. Kenny Miller led the line but failed to pose a constant threat. Rhodes, his counterpart, came on with 10 minutes to go but with the clock ticking also struggled. Adam and Forrest linked up well towards the end but Serbia held strong.

Croatia 1-0 Macedonia – Janevski led his men into Zagreb to play an experienced Croatian side. The Macedonian side gave a good account of themselves, testing the Croatians through Pandev. The score was level at half time. The breakthrough happened with 20 minutes left on the clock when Jelavic fired to give the Red&Whites all 3 points.

 

Team News:

Both sides have received no fresh injury concerns. Scotland and Macedonia could both field the same lineups as they did on Friday/Saturday.

 

Stats:

Scotland Last 5 matches:

8 Sep 2012 Scotland 0 – Serbia 0 WCQE
15 Aug 2012 Scotland 3 – Australia 1 FR
27 May 2012 USA 5 – Scotland 1 FR
29 Feb 2012 Slovenia 1 – Scotland 1 FR
11 Nov 2011 Cyprus 1 – Scotland 2 FR

 

Macedonia Last 5 matches:

7 Sep 2012 Croatia 1 – Macedonia FYR 0 WCQE
15 Aug 2012 Macedonia FYR 1 – Lithuania 0 FR
29 May 2012 Angola 0 – Macedonia FYR 0 FR
26 May 2012 Portugal 0 – Macedonia FYR 0 FR
29 Feb 2012 Luxembourg 2 – Macedonia FYR 1 FR

 

Likeliness of what the result will be. (Based on form)-

 

Prediction:

Despite failing to score against Serbia, I think Scotland will coast to an easy victory over Macedonia. Though Macedonia play very defensively (drawing to Portugal away the evidence), if Scotland apply the pressure the goals will come.

Scotland 3-0 Macedonia

 

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