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Scotland v Czech Republic: Good progress to continue for the Scots

Posted 1st September 2011

Scotland host the Czech Republic at Hampden Park on Saturday in a Euro 2012 qualifier. Sitting third in the group five points behind their Saturday opponents, a win for Scotland would give them renewed hope of reaching the playoffs.

In the betting for Saturdayís game, Scotland are priced at 16/11 with Unibet while a Czech Republic victory is 9/5 and a draw offered at 23/10.

With the fixtures they have had so far, Scotland have gotten a good points return from what was available. Trips to Spain and Czech Republic were never going to produce wins but a draw in Lithuania and a win at home to Liechtenstein were required results.

As Spain are the runway leaders of this group, the battle is now on for second place and Scotland will have a great chance of chasing it down if they seem much more organised and focused than the shambles they were a couple of years ago.

The players are putting in the hard work for their manager Craig Levin and it seems to be paying off. A recent 2-1 friendly over Denmark at home highlighted the progress that is being made.

The Czech Republic are going in the opposite direction than their Scottish opponents and are struggling at the moment. After a decade and a half of producing top-quality sides that could challenge and hold their own against the biggest nations in European football, the Czech Republic are now slowly winding down into an average outfit. They are still competitive but donít have the talent to make them a force on the continent once again.

So far in this qualifying campaign they have beaten Liechtenstein twice and Scotland at home once to give them a good chance of landing the playoff spot. A result against Scotland would go a long way to cementing their runner-up position in the group.

In the betting for Saturday, Scotland look good for the win and they should be backed at 16/11 with Unibet. Although it was friendly, Craig Levinís side were able to beat Denmark earlier this month and the Danes are better opposition than the Czech Republic.

Hampden Park will be packed with the home support willing Scotland on to get the result that would give them a chance of reaching a major championship for the first time since 1998. The team must produce the performance and the result now if they are to have any hope of getting out of this group.

Also, the Czech Republic look particularly weak at the moment and there is probably no better time to face them. They are coming off the back of two draws and a defeat in friendly matches where they failed to score a single goal. Goalkepper Petr Czech is also out which is a big loss for the side.

Tip #1: Back Scotland to win at 16/11 with Unibet.

Tip #2: Back Under 2.5 goals at 1/2 with Unibet.

Tip #3: Back Scotland to win 2-0 at 11/1 with Unibet.