The latest World Cup Qualifying odds as Macedonia face Scotland, with the away side an attractive 5/2 to take the spoils.
Its a very busy night of football as the World Cup Qualification comes to the final few matches, with plenty of teams still in with a chance of making the trip to Brazil in 2014.
If Friday’s 2-0 loss to Belgium which put Scotland bottom of their qualifying group was not enough to knock the good mood out of the Tartan Army that was left over from last month’s win over Croatia the words of their captain Scott Brown will be further clouds over a dark campaign.
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The Celtic midfielder was forthright in his appraisal of the task ahead of his teammates as they face Macedonia on Tuesday, “I heard the other day that they kicked Wales off the park and were in for every challenge and were aggressive.”
“We are going to have to do that as well. It’s time we managed to do both sides, not just the pretty football. But there are players in there who can do that. We can battle, we can win the ball, and we can also play.”
After facing Croatia and Belgium in back to back qualifiers the task ahead of Gordon Strachan’s men in Skopje who are without Jordan Rhodes and Charlie Adam who both returned to their clubs with injuries leaving the manager with the option of starting Nottingham Forest’s Jamie Mackie or Leeds United’s Ross McCormack as his striker.
The teams played out a 1-1 draw in Glasgow earlier in the campaign and will need all three points here if they are to finish above of the Macedonians in Group A.
The home team beat Wales 2-1 on Friday and there were complaints from Chris Coleman’s squad regarding the state of the pitch which was said to have forced Gareth Bale’s withdrawal after exacerbating a groin injury.
Brown though said that the quality of the playing surface was of little concern considering his last trip here, which ended in a 1-0, was played in sweltering heat.
“I have not exactly got the skin colour for a two o’clock kick-off in 40 degrees so I think that’s a big bonus,” Brown said. “I just remember the pitch not being the best. I’m hearing it’s probably not the best again but that’s not an excuse for us.”
Strachan was wary of anyone downplaying the Macedonian’s abilities as being below Scotland’s, saying that both teams were of a similar stature.
“They beat Wales, which we’ve not managed to do. I think their style will be the same. Technically, the Macedonians are very good. But, like us, they have a small pool to pick from.”
This one kicks off at 19:30 GMT.