Kick-off: 1945, 28/03/2023
Stadium: Hampden Park
TV: Viaplay Sports
Scotland and Spain have both hit the ground running in Euro 2024 qualifying Group A and we’re anticipating a close encounter when they clash.
La Roja are obviously rated more highly, but the Scots are tough to beat at Hampden Park these days and will battle hard throughout.
We feel 27/10 for a draw is fair value and that is our first Scotland vs Spain prediction.
Scots off to flying start
Scotland claimed four wins and a draw from five World Cup qualifiers on home turf and picked up where they left off in this competition.
Steve Clarke’s side enjoyed an encouraging 3-0 win over Cyprus on Saturday, with John McGinn breaking the deadlock and Scott McTominay adding a late double.
It is the first time since 2006 that Scotland have won their opening Euros qualifier and Clarke wants to take the positives into what is sure to be a much tougher game against Spain.
“Against the teams seeded lower than you, it’s important to pick up maximum points at home,” said the manager.
“Cyprus were good and organised but we managed to contain them. There wasn’t much threat on our goal.
“It’s a really good start but we have to try and back it up on Tuesday against the Spanish.
“When you are playing one of the Pot One teams, you have to play as well as we can play. That is what we are aiming to do.”
Che Adams limping off with a calf strain was unfortunate, but in-form Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland has been added to the squad.
Looking at the 25/4 for a 1-1 stalemate.
De La Fuente up and running
New Spain manager Luis De La Fuente got off to a winning start with a 3-0 victory over Norway in Malaga.
The former under-21s boss took over from Luis Enrique in December following a disappointing World Cup in Qatar.
He saw RB Leipzig forward Dani Olmo fire La Roja ahead at La Rosaleda in the 13th minute.
Substitute Joselu marked his international debut with a quick-fire brace late on to wrap up victory against a Norway side missing Erling Haaland.
De La Fuente admitted that his side showed some nerves but said: “It’s about learning to work together.
“Sometimes you put together a great game but win by the minimum because the ball won’t go in, but when the team gets a late surge like this, then it’s magnificent.”
Olmo is having a good season with Leipzig and has developed into a key creative player for La Roja alongside Gavi in midfield.
Let’s add 9/2 for the 24-year-old to open the scoring again here to our Scotland vs Spain betting tips.
SCOTLAND 3-0 Cyprus – McGinn, McTominay (2)
SPAIN 3-0 Norway – Olmo, Joselu (2)
Head-to-head: Spain 3-1 Scotland, Scotland 2-3 Spain, Spain 1-1 Scotland, Scotland 1-2 Spain
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