After 23 years of narrowly missing out, Scotland finally return to a major tournament this afternoon when they host the Czech Republic in their Euro 2020 opener.
Steve Clarke’s side qualified for their first major tournament since the 1988 World Cup, having overcome a strong Serbia side in a thrilling play-off penalty shootout.
And Clarke’s men will be desperate to get a win on the board before their massive grudge match against England at Wembley Stadium on Friday.
As you can imagine, the atmosphere at Hampden Park in Glasgow this afternoon will, almost certainly, be electric.
As the nation unites in search of glory, you can probably expect the bitter Celtic and Rangers fan rivalry tossed aside, too.
According to the bookmakers, the favourites for the top two spots in Group D are England and Croatia.
Write Scotland off at your own peril, though, they still have a great chance to shock their opponents or, at the very least, finish strong in third place.
With this summer’s tournament now in full swing, our tipster Robert Mann takes a look at some of the best bets from Scotland vs Czech Republic to get your teeth stuck into.
SCOTLAND VS CZECH REPUBLIC BETTING TIPS & PREDICTIONS
Scotland are 8/5 to win, with the Czech Republic priced at 19/10 to come away with the victory. A draw is priced at 2/1.
Prediction: 2-0 (10/1)
Half-Time/Full-Time: Scotland/Scotland (7/2)
A home crowd for Scotland at Hampden Park in the heart of Glasgow should spur them onto victory which will follow on from their good form in their warm-ups.
And after 23 years of narrowly missing out on major international tournaments, we expect the crowd to be on Scotland’s side from the first to last whistle.
With that said, Scotland to lead at half-time and to triumph by the 90th minute looks like a solid bet.
To score anytime: Che Adams (13/5)
Much like Jamie Vardy’s astronomical rise up the footballing ranks, Che Adams looks set to replicate just that.
Adams has already completed a fantastic football story from the non-league pits of the Northern Premier League in England to the Premier League – and now he looks to make a stamp on European Championships.
Considering Adams was involved in 14 goals in the Premier League for Southampton last season, he is, surprisingly, priced at attractive odds to score anytime.
The question is, though, can he compete on a world stage? Well, we certainly think so – and Adams to score anytime during Scotland’s opener looks like it could be something already written in the stars.
Request A Bet: Dykes to score, 4+ corners each team and Soucek to be carded (33/1)
Lyon Dykes comes off the back of a successful season with Queens Park Rangers, having linked up well with their talisman Charlie Austin.
As many QPR fans will know, Dykes is not a player that’s afraid to go for goal – and we think him bagging a goal this evening is an absolute given.
When paired with West Ham’s Soucek to be carded – who can be a hot head at times – as well as each team to have four or more corners, we reckon 33/1 is too juicy of a price to miss.
Odds are correct at the time of publication and are, as always, subject to change.
SCOTLAND TEAM NEWS
Scotland have a full-strength squad heading into this afternoon’s match and Steve Clarke will face some tough decisions of whom to include.
Clarke is predicted to go with a back three, with Kieran Tierney likely to be among them.
Competition for that position is fierce, with centre-backs Declan Gallagher, Grant Hanley, Jack Hendry, Scott McKenna and Liam Cooper all in with a shout of starting, too.
Clarke will also have to choose whether to go with two centre-forwards or pair either Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams – with both in fine form for their respective clubs.
Scotland’s chosen striker – whoever it may be on the night – will, more than likely, be supported with an attacking midfielder in either Ryan Christie or Ryan Fraser.
CZECH REPUBLIC TEAM NEWS
The Czech Republic have been forced to draft in Tomas Koubek – who joins the squad on Tuesday – after fellow goalkeeper Jiri Pavlenka was ruled out with a back injury.
Other than that, though, the nation are at full strength, with Slavia Prague defender Ondrej Kudela omitted from the squad as he serves a ten-match UEFA ban for racially abusing Rangers’ Glen Kamara in a Europa League tie.