Scotland were expected to start their Euro 2020 qualifiers with a bang with arguably the easiest two fixtures in their group arriving in the first two outings. Nevertheless the Scots were on the receiving end of a 3-0 thrashing at Kazakhstan and could only put two past a San Marino side which are lowest ranked side in international football.
These failures have highlighted the fact that Scotland remain well outside the bigger European nations on the international circuit and their absence from major international competition is likely to be extended even further. Indeed their two dismal displays make it very unlikely that they will manage anything from their meetings with Belgium and Russia, these two sides expected to finish in the top-two in Group I. The Belgians are huge odds-on favourites at 1/10 to finish in pole position while Russia are 6/1 to do the same.
Alex McLeish’s men are way out at 33/1 with BetVictor Bookmakers to win Group I and earn for themselves a place in the European Championships next year, way ahead of 150/1 shots Cyprus.
Kazakhstan may have got their campaign off to a flying start with the 3-0 win over Scotland but they were subsequently thumped 4-0 at home to Russia in their second group outing, this further highlighting the massive task that Scotland have in qualifying for the tournament.
Needless to say, San Marino are unlikely to make any impact on this group with the bookies going as much as 7,500/1 that they finish in pole position.
Euro 2020 Group I Winner: BetVictor Odds
Belgium – 1/10
Russia – 6/1
Scotland – 33/1
Cyprus – 150/1
Kazakhstan – 500/1
San Marino – 7,500/1