Scotland manager Alex McLeish

Scotland vs Portugal: Tartan Army facing more misery

Kick-off: 1700, 14/10/2018

Stadium: Hampden Park

TV: Sky Sports

Scotland were booed off by their own fans following Thursday’s 2-1 loss in Israel and face another tough test when hosting Portugal in Sunday’s international friendly.

The visitors are missing Cristiano Ronaldo but continued a good run of form when prevailing 3-2 in Poland without their talismanic forward.

If head coach Fernando Santos is keen to maintain the momentum, his side could prove a class apart and 19/20 for an away win is our opening Scotland vs Portugal prediction.

A Look At Scotland’s Betting Odds

Scotland failed to build on beating Albania in their first Nations League fixture when suffering a disappointing defeat in Haifa.

Charlie Mulgrew’s penalty after 25 minutes gave Alex McLeish’s side a half-time lead against the run of play.

But there was no surprise when the hosts, as low as 94th in FIFA’s rankings, levelled in the 51st minute through midfielder Dor Peretz.

John Souttar’s dismissal increased the pressure on Scotland and an own goal from defender Kieran Tierney gave Israel only a second win in 11 games.

Captain Andy Robertson admitted: “We weren’t good enough, that’s why they created chances. It was just one of those nights when so many things went wrong.

“The fans booed us off the park, which is understandable because of our performance. I get that and we can apologise to them, but I am sure it won’t mean much to them.”

Scotland were outclassed when going down 4-0 to Belgium in a friendly last month and we fear they will struggle here too.

Looking at the Scotland vs Portugal odds, there is plenty of value in 5/2 for an away win and over 2.5 goals in the game.

A Look At Portugal’s Betting Odds

Portugal failed to sparkle at the World Cup, winning just one group-stage game and then losing out to Uruguay in the first knockout round.

However, bringing through a few younger players seems to have rejuvenated the Euro 2016 champions.

Last month’s 1-1 friendly draw with Croatia was a solid effort and Andre Silva then scored the only goal of the game in a Nations League win over Italy.

The 22-year-old AC Milan striker is enjoying a successful loan spell with Sevilla and netted again in Thursday’s triumph in Poland, where Manchester City star Bernardo Silva was also on target.

They are just two of the bright young things in this promising squad and we feel only complacency can stop them from proving too hot to handle at Hampden Park.

Let’s add 21/10 for the visitors to lead at half-time and full-time to our Scotland vs Portugal betting tips.

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Last result:

Israel 2-1 SCOTLAND – Charlie Mulgrew

Poland 2-3 PORTUGAL – Andre Silva, Kamil Glik (og), Bernardo Silva

Head-to-head: Portugal 2-0 Scotland, Portugal 5-0 Scotland, Scotland 0-0 Portugal, Portugal 2-1 Scotland, Scotland 0-0 Portugal, Scotland 4-1 Portugal

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