Scotland v Malta: Celtic hot-shot key to Tartan Army hopes

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DAILY RECORD star Mr Fixit (@mrfixitstips) picks out his best bet for Scotland’s crunch World Cup qualifier against Malta on Monday night.

Scotland v Malta | Monday 4th September 2017, 19:45 | Sky Sports

Scotland are 8/1 with William Hill to reach Russia and three wins should catapult us into the play-offs. I tipped us to take six points from Lithuania and Malta and that’s the hard part done – isn’t it!

The victory in Vilnius was impressive and on Monday ngiht any win against the Maltese combined with England beating Slovakia will leave qualification in our owns hands.

Gordon Strachan’s side are no bigger than 1-40 with Paddy Power – best-priced 7/100 (Marathon) – at Hampden so finding value is difficult.

Patience will be key as it took England nearly an hour to break down Malta last week and at Wembley they only won 2-0. We thumped Malta 5-1 in Valetta but it was close until they had a man sent off.

Scotland to win ‘to nil’ at 1/4 with Bet365 could be best bet for an accumulator while Scotland -1 pays only 2/9 at Ladbrokes.

Leigh Griffiths wasn’t on target last week but netted two on his last Hampden appearance against England. He is 10/3 at Bet365 to score first and 4/6 to net at anytime. We might need another Griffiths free-kick to break them down.

The Celtic hot-shot looks our best avenue for money-making in what’s expected to be an unchanged Scottish side.

Best Bets

Scotland v Malta – Leigh Griffiths to score first (10/3 Bet365)

Scotland v Malta – Leigh Griffiths to score at anytime (4/6 Bet365)

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