Scotland v Lithuania preview - 100% record to remain intact for Scots



At Euro 2016, Scotland were alone amongst the home nations in failing to qualify for the tournament and they will be desperate to make a return to major international competition for the first time since the 1998 World Cup in France. They kicked-off their qualifying for the next World Cup in style with a 5-1 win over Malta but they will be in for a much sterner test when they go head-to-head with Lithuania at the weekend.

Scotland took the lead against Malta in the ninth minute of play through Robert Snodgrass, however they were shocked when the Maltese levelled the score with Alfred Effiong taking full advantage of some dismal defending by the Scots.

The remainder of the second half saw the Scots run around like headless chickens and one could only imagine what the tabloids would've made of the match had Scotland failed  in their quest to defeat the group whipping-boys. Fortunately for Gordon Strachan and his side this wasn't the case and Scotland regrouped and ran away with the game to win 5-1.

The pressure will once again be on Scotland top perform this weekend because this really is a must-win match. The Lithuanians threw away the lead after going two goals ahead against Slovenia in their opening qualifying match to settle for a draw and they will be desperate to improve upon that showing when they head to Scotland this weekend. Nevertheless their form away from home is dreadful and with no wins from their last eleven away matches we'll be siding with the hosts to win on Saturday with Bet365 going a backable 1/2 for a Scotland victory.

Lithuania have scored in just two of their previous eleven games on the road and this will be welcomed by a Scottish defence which is far from solid at the moment. Indeed the hosts can prove their stability at the back in this match and as such we'll be backing Scotland to win-to-nil at 23/20 with BetVictor.

Scotland's previous opponents Malta were far from top-class opposition but nevertheless Snodgrass certainly impressed with his hat-trick in that match and given that he has also been impressing at Hull City we'll be backing him to find the net with Betfred going 6/4 for Snodgrass on the Anytime Goalscorer market.