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Scotland vs Portugal: Silva lining to leave Scots under a cloud

Scotland vs Portugal Match Preview and Predictions

Scotland were booed off the pitch after losing in Israel on Thursday night but face a tough task getting the fans back onside when they host Portugal in a friendly on Sunday.

[All odds correct at time of publication]

The focus is on winning their Nations League group but Alex McLeish will hope his side can boost their confidence by giving Portugal a run for their money at Hampden Park.

Portugal are without Cristiano Ronaldo but proved they are not a one-man team with a 3-2 win in Poland in midweek.

Match information

When is it? Sunday 14th October

What time is kick-off? 17:00

Where is it being played? Hampden Park

Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Football

Scotland vs Portugal Betting Tips

Here are our best tips for Sunday's match and we also have a range of other markets available:

The lowdown

Scotland made a promising start in Israel when Charlie Mulgrew's 25th-minute penalty gave them a half-time lead but there was no surprise when the home side levelled in the 51st minute.

Scotland defender John Souttar was then sent off a second yellow card before Kieran Tierney turned a cross from Beram Kayal past Allan McGregor with 15 minutes remaining to complete Israel's comeback.

That result means Scotland have now lost six of their last eight matches while Portugal have started their Nations League campaign with back-to-back wins against Italy and Poland.

Feature match previews for this week

If you're interested in tips on the forthcoming international matches, check out our in-depth previews below:

There looks to be a gulf in quality between these teams and that makes an away win at odds of 10/11 an easy pick as the first of our Scotland vs Portugal predictions.

Portugal held Belgium to a goalless draw in a pre-World Cup friendly and given the way Belgium eased to a 4-0 win at Hampden last month, it could be another long night for McLeish's men.

Portugal can be backed to win at 27/10 giving Scotland a one-goal start on the handicap and that looks a good way to back the visitors at bigger odds.

First goalscorer tips

Andre Silva has been in fine form for Sevilla this season, scoring seven goals in La Liga including a double against Real Madrid.

He grabbed the only goal for Portugal in last month's victory over Italy and grabbed their first against Poland on Thursday so looks good value at 4/1 in the first goalscorer odds here.

Anytime goalscorer tips

There are several players in the Portugal squad with plenty of Champions League experience, giving the visitors attacking options that McLeish can only dream of.

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva is one of their main attacking threats and can run the show in the absence of Ronaldo. He was on target against Poland and appeals at 12/5 to repeat that strike on Sunday.

Where the game will be won or lost

Portugal coped well without Ronaldo in Poland and proved they can create chances in the absence of the Juventus superstar.

Coach Fernando Santos dismissed suggestions they performed better without him, saying: "No team can be better without the best in the world, it's not worth talking about who's not there. When Cristiano plays, he is more advanced on the left side and gives us more ability to finish."

Other players appeared to raise their game, though, and Portugal clearly still have the quality to hurt a Scotland team with limited experience at the top level.

Scotland struggled to contain Israel on Thursday, with McLeish conceding: "We were under the cosh admittedly. We will look at the game and analyse it and try to put it right.''

The Tartan Army were clearly not impressed with the performance and the Hampden faithful may voice their frustration if their team go behind.

"The fans want to win. I'm right behind the fans," added McLeish. "Obviously they give the players energy if they support them and I urge the fans to support the players.''

It remains to be seen whether McLeish's comments fall on deaf ears but for the last of our Scotland vs Portugal betting tips, we fancy Portugal at 5/1 to win both halves just as Belgium did recently.

Andrew McDermott
@a_mcdermott in Football