Russia v Scotland: Clarke’s charges to fall short in Moscow

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DAILY RECORD star Mr Fixit (@mrfixittps) talks us through the best betting options for Scotland's Euro 2020 qualifier in Russia on Thursday night.

Russia v Scotland | Thursday 10th October 2019, 19:45 | Sky Sports

I watched Scotland thump Russia 61-0 at the Rugby World Cup and the Russians were lucky to get nil. The nation though has a quick chance of revenge in Thursday night when the Euro 2020 qualifiers resume.

Nil could stay on the scoreboard again and the Russians are 13/10 to win ‘to nil'.

Scotland boss Steve Clarke faces a long road to recovery and a stop off in Moscow won't ease his pain.

Scotland lost 2-1 at home to the Russians just over a month ago and there's been no time for Clarke to fix his problems. If anything we're weaker in defence and even shorter up front and there's little chance of us leaving Russia with love.

What's surprising though is the bookies' odds on a home win with 1/2 from Ladbrokes and William Hill looking generous. I'd have Russia about 1/4 while Scotland are a best 13/2 at bet365 but remember at the weekend there were a number of big winners including Livingston, Stenhousemuir, Wolves, Millwall and Newcastle.

Russia have built on their success at the World Cup with five successive wins and should cover the -1 handicap at 6/4 with William Hill. A safer bet is Russia -1 Asian Handicap at 19/20 with bet365 knowing our stake is returned if the hosts win by a solitary strike.

Oli McBurnie's loss is a blow to Clarke (really) and I don't know where we look for goals although Aston Villa star John McGinn, who netted in the Hampden defeat, has as much chance of anyone and is 9/1 at William Hill to score. Artem Dyzuba hit the Hampden winner and the Zenit star is first-scorer favourite at 7/2 with William Hill and I wouldn't back against him.

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Russia v Scotland – Russia -1 Asian Handicap (19/20 Bet365)

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Mr Fixit is the resident football tipster at the Daily Record, Scotland's best read newspaper. He's also the proud host of one the best betting communities on the web, MrFixitsTips.co.uk.

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