Scotland are looking to make their first World Cup in 24 years, it was 16 years since Ukraine last appeared in the World Cup.
The winner of tonight’s game faces Wales on Saturday for a place in the World Cup this November in Qatar. With the current war situation in Ukraine and this being the team’s first official competitive fixture since the war began, it’s set to be an emotional night at Hampden Park no matter who comes away with the win.
Let’s break down the betting odds for this game.
Scotland vs. Ukraine
Wednesday, June 01, 2022 – 03:45 PM EDT at Hampden Park
Scotland Might Struggle as Favorites
The Scottish team usually performs better as underdogs no matter what sport it is. A bit like the Irish in that sense, both revel in the prospect of being the underdogs, but when labeled as favorites they tend to struggle. However, Scotland has been very strong in recent competitive homes games having gone 11 games undefeated, winning on eight occasions and drawing three.
Biggest Game in Over Two Decades
This is no doubt Scotland’s biggest game in the past 23 years, so we expect them to show up here and put pressure on the Ukrainians, especially on home soil. Scottish captain Andrew Robertson has suffered heartbreaking Premier League and Champions League losses with his club Liverpool within the past 2 weeks so one would imagine he will have fire in his belly to ensure Scotland is at the 2022 World Cup.
Keep an eye out for Scottish striker Che Adams who has scored 2 goals in his previous 2 competitive games for his nation.
Ukraine Are Strong Underdogs
Ukraine was not granted any special access to the World Cup despite their country being ripped apart by war right now, the fixture was already postponed once, and FIFA has insisted the show must go on and Ukraine must participate if they wish to make the 2022 Qatar World Cup.
The Ukrainian team has only had a few friendly games against club sides since their country was invaded by Russia so it’s hard to gauge where their squad is at right now. Ukraine finished runners-up to France in the group stage.
Best Team of the Decade
Ukraine did well to reach the Euro 2020 quarterfinals and right now they have the best team that they have had for the previous 10 years with some of their top players playing with the likes of:
- Oleksandr Zinchenko (Manchester City)
- Andriy Yarmolenko (West Ham)
- Vitaliy Mykolenko (Everton)
- Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta)
- Roman Yaremchuk (Benfica)
The one concern about the Ukrainians coming into his game has been the fact that over half their squad did play in the Ukrainian Premier League so they have not played a full competitive fixture for months and could lack some match fitness.
Scotland vs Ukraine Betting Analysis
Most neutrals will no doubt be rooting for war-torn Ukraine to pick up an unlikely win here, and unfortunately unlikely I will probably be. The fact of the matter is, in our opinion at least, Scotland’s players are all playing at a much higher level right now and they have made Hampden Park a fortress. Their squad depth is much larger than the Ukrainians.
Scotland would still be made favorites here even without the ongoing circumstances revolving around the game. Although this stat has nothing to really do with this game, it is an interesting one: 5 of the 6 Qatar World Cup playoff games to date have seen the home side come away with the victory.
We were expecting a 2-0 home win for Scotland for our soccer picks, although a part of us believes Ukraine will do enough to find the back of the net at least once, as a late consolation goal so for this reason, we are predicting a 2-1 home win for Scotland.
Take the Scottish team +0.5 or (Double Chance) along with over 1.5 match goals at parlay odds of -105 when combined together. We also straight out like:
- Scotland to Win (+125)
- Over 2.5 Goals (+125)
If you need some help figuring out a potential payout with those picks, feel free to use our free parlay calculator.
Score Prediction: Scotland 2-1 Ukraine
World Cup Qualifier Parlay Picks
- Scotland Double Chance (-333)
- Scotland/ Ukraine Over 1.5 Goals (-200)
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