17th February 2019



14th November 2014

Scotland and Ireland are both dreaming of making it to Euro 2016 after strong starts to their qualifying campaigns, including Ireland's 1-1 draw in Germany.

They are third and second in Group D, with 3 points between them, ahead of Germany and behind Poland at the top of the table.

This will be a feisty affair and there will be plenty of hefty challenges flying about. Cards are a guarantee but both teams will be primarily concerned with shutting out their opponents, which could make for a fairly low-scoring game.

With both sides playing Germany and Georgia recently - and Ireland getting better results against both we can reasonably conclude they may just have the edge on ability.

Both sides have injury problems to contend with.

For the home side Phil Bardsley and Craig Bryson have  withdraw from the  squad. Johnny Russell and Callum Paterson have been drafted in as replacements.
It could be a similar team for Scotland to that which drew in Poland last time out.

With Marc Wilson out injured, Kiaran Clark and Alex Pearce will be vying for a centre-back spot for the visitors.
James McCarthy's absence has been confirmed, so Darron Gibson could come in to central midfield. Glenn Whelan is also out injured.

Despite the injuries Ireland look a better organised side and we expect them to get something from the game. Backing them on the Asian Handicap getting .25 at shades of odds-against is the punt.

Joe Ross