Big Match Breakdown: Scotland v Portugal

Charlie Dear | 14 October 2018

Preview, odds and tips for the friendly clash

Scotland host Portugal at Hampden Park this evening looking for a strong performance after losing to Israel on Thursday.

Portugal edged out Poland 2-3 in a five-goal thriller to sit top of their Nations League group.

This will be an opportunity for both sides to experiment with formations but also build some momentum going into next month’s competitive fixtures.

Ahead of the kick-off in Glasgow, the Coral News Team analyse things with a Big Match Breakdown…


The fixtures between the two nations have been few and far between in the last two decades. The last meeting came in November 2002.

Portugal went on to win 2-0 in Braga. Pauleta bagged a brace in a team that featured the likes of Luis Figo, Simao and Rui Costa.

Scotland’s team that day saw Scott Dobie and Stevie Crawford leading the line.

The last time the Tartan Army beat their opponents was a 4-1 win in 1980. Current Scotland boss Alex McLeish was in the defence that day.

Likely XIs

Scotland vs Portugal - Football tactics and formations

McLeish could make wholesale changes after the defeat to the Israeli’s. Oli McBurnie and James Forrest should get the nod from the start.

Despite getting sent off on Thursday, defender Scotland John Souttar will be available for the friendly. His ban will only come into play against Albania next month.

Craig Gordon could come in for Allan McGregor, but McLeish will want to keep some stability.

Portugal are without Cristiano Ronaldo, so Andre Silva and Bernardo Silva could be the chief protagonists.

Wolves forward Helder Costa and Southampton’s Cedric Soares could feature.

Key Battles

Bernardo Silva has shown his quality for Manchester City this season and will have to be kept quiet by Kieran Tierney and Charlie Mulgrew.

Scottish captain Andy Robertson should come into his own in a wing-back role as he bids to replicate his Liverpool form for his nation.

McBurnie’s unconventional style could prove difficult for Portugal’s defence.

Pizzi and William Carvalho will feel they can get the edge in the centre of the park. They could be up against John McGinn and Kevin McDonald.

Match Odds

In the match betting, Portugal are 10/11 to secure the victory. Scotland are placed outsiders at 10/3 and the draw is 9/4.

Goals have been in short supply for the Scots recently. Portugal are 15/8 to win to nil.

The Selecao das Quinas have scored at least once in the last eight games. It’s 6/1 for Fernando Santos’ men to win with Over 3.5 goals in the match.

McBurnie is 14/5 to bag his first goal for Scotland. Andre Silva is 4/1 to score first.

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All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing