Simply looking to end their qualifying campaign on a high after long since seeing any route out of Group I wiped off the table, Scotland will also be looking to right a wrong when Kazakhstan travel to Glasgow on Tuesday night.
Putting in a dogged display to pinch a 2-1 win away in Cyprus over the weekend, the Tartan Army have landed back-to-back qualifying victories for the first time under new boss Steve Clarke.
However, while the Scots might have their sights set on trying to save some face and pinch a third-place finish in Group I, Kazakhstan will undoubtedly be boosted by their most recent meeting against Tuesday’s hosts.
In what eventually turned out to be the final nail in former manager Alex McLeish’s brief tenure in charge, Scotland suffered a humiliating 3-0 hammering when they opened their qualifying campaign out in Astana back in March.
While Scotland might open Tuesday’s matchup as a landslide favourite with the bookmakers, you might be interested to know that Kazakhstan can be found as high as 13/2 with Bet365 to land back-to-back victories over the Blues in midweek.
John McGinn to steal the show again?
Although new Scotland boss Steve Clarke was the first to admit that his side were far from convincing over the weekend, their resilient 2-1 win out in Cyprus has improved the mood in Glasgow.
Announcing that his new side need to be given more time to build after missing out on a top-two finish in Group I, the former Kilmarnock boss has seen his men land back-to-back victories, a run that brought to an end a four-match losing run.
With their sights solely set on landing a third-place finish and to end their campaign on a high, one man to keep an eye out for on Tuesday night will be the red-hot John McGinn.
Finding the net on foreign soil over the weekend, the Aston Villa midfielder has undoubtedly been Scotland’s brightest starlet this year.
Linked with a potential move to Manchester United, the 25-year-old now has five strikes in Group I, four more than any other player in Clarke’s squad.
You might be interested to know that McGinn can be found at 9/4 with Coral to extend on that tally in midweek.
Kazakhstan limp over the finish line
Despite opening their Group I campaign with a thumping 3-0 victory over Scotland back in March, a result described as one of the best in their history, Kazakhstan have since come crashing back down to earth.
Despite picking up a 3-1 win over whipping boys San Marino on Saturday, Michal Bílek’s men showed some glaring issues after losing three straight matchups against Russia, Cyprus, and Belgium.
Although Kazakhstan may have ended their barren run out in Serravalle over the weekend, there continued issues at the back will be giving Tuesday’s traveling support a growing headache.
Allowing San Marino to score their first goal on home soil in over six years, the Hawks have failed to record a clean sheet in any of their last five qualifying matchups.
You might be interested to know that Bílek’s men are pencilled in at 1/1 with Paddy Power to ship over 1.5 goals at Hampden Park in midweek.