Group A’s most goal-shy strikeforces do battle in Macedonia and with Scotland further shorn of net-bulging prowess by Jordan Rhodes’ withdrawal a low-scoring contest looks in prospect – under 2.5 goals can be backed at 3/5.
Belgium and Croatia may have booked their tickets to Rio already, but there is still much to play for elsewhere in their group as the Scots visit Skopje.
Wooden spoon avoidance and Euro 2016 qualification seedings are at stake, suggesting a seriously competitive fixture should be in the offing.
Macedonia are 5/4 favourites for the win, with their visitors 11/5 and the draw the same price.
Scotland currently lie bottom and must look to take points from their hosts in what is the visitors’ penultimate game to give themselves a good chance of shunning the ignominy of a rock bottom finish.
However, the lack of attacking incision that is a hangover from Craig Levein’s ill-starred tenure will likely leave those aspirations seriously hamstrung.
Scotland have mustered just four goals in their eight qualifying games so far and they’ll be visiting a Macedonian outfit that run a relatively tight ship under Cedomir Janevski.
Only Belgium and Croatia have allowed less goals than the eight conceded by the Red Lynx during qualifying for next year’s World Cup.
Sadly for the men from the former Yugoslav Republic, their own goal-snaffling abilities have undermined the good work of their defence and they’ve only bettered the Scot’s meagre goals-for total by a single strike.
Both adversaries did manage to find the back of the net in the reverse fixture – a 1-1 draw at Hampden towards the end of the Levein era – and given the Macedonians have allowed three of their four Group A visitors to score, it may be that the final score will include goals for both sides.
Although they may have struggled to trouble the virtually impregnable Belgians last time out, Scotland are a more offensive outfit with Gordon Strachan’s hand on the tiller.
Their Leigh Griffiths notched 28 times in 44 games last term while at Hibernian and he’s continued that happy knack this season with four in eight for Wolves.
His likely inclusion in the team means Scotland are fancied to just about keep up their side of the goal bargain, making odds of 5/1 about a repeat of the 1-1 score from their previous meeting a decent wager.