Scotland v Portugal | Sunday 14th October 2018, 17:00 | Sky Sports
Alex McLeish is taking plenty of stick after Scotland’s awful display in Israel so a clash with the European champions on Sunday is hardly ideal.
The Scots have had several players pull out the squad since the 2-1 loss in Haifa on Thursday and it’s likely to be a much-changed line-up that faces Portugal at half-empty Hampden.
Scotland come into this friendly on a real downer after the defeat in Israel. McLeish looked clueless as his side were overrun and it’s now five defeats in seven during his second spell in charge.
The Scots have lost four of five friendlies under ‘Big Eck’, failing to score in all four defeats, and look doomed against a classy Portugal side.
The visitors are without Cristiano Ronaldo and have sent home Bernardo Silva and Pepe after Thursday’s 3-2 win in Portugal but still have far too much class for the Scots.
Portugal have won both their Nations League outings so far and even though Sunday is a friendly they can’t be ignored at 10/11 for victory.
Player to score
Andre Silva is leading the Portuguese line superbly and filling the void left by Ronaldo. The Sevilla striker – who has eight goals in 12 club appearances this season – netted in both Nations League wins and can get on the scoresheet for a third straight international.
Scotland are set to have a rookie pairing of Aberdeen’s Scott McKenna and Mikey Devlin at centre-back and Silva can fill his boots at 7/5.
Scotland struggled to create anything in Israel and were gifted their goal with a soft penalty. As mentioned above, their scoring record in friendlies is abysmal.
It’s possible the Scots could nick a goal if Portugal make changes to their backline but a 1-0 or 2-0 Portugal win is more likely. I’m going for a low goal mark of Under 4 Match Goals.
It’s a friendly so unless players start kicking lumps out of each other the card count shouldn’t be too high.
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Scotland v Portugal – Portugal to win
Scotland v Portugal – Andre Silva to score at anytime
Scotland v Portugal – Under 4 Match Goals
Scotland v Portugal – Under 4 Match Cards
(9/2 Bet365 Bet Builder)