8, October, 5:00 PM (18:00 CEST)
Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana
With European World Cup qualifying ending, it’s an exciting time for the nations who still have a chance to qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
While England looks to have sealed top spot in Group F, there is still a great deal to play for as three teams are in contention to claim second place and a possible route through the playoffs.
Both Slovenia and Scotland will hope to come into this fixture with their fate in their own hands. However, prior to this match, Slovenia must travel to play England and Scotland host Slovakia so a lot could happen but both teams should still have a chance of qualifying for the playoffs, should they win this match.
Read more about Slovenia vs Scotland Predictions in the article below.
1. Bookies Favourite
This is a very tough game to call and the bookmakers agree with this assessment as Slovenia are available at Bet365 to win the match, with Scotland classed as the slight outsiders.
The main reason Slovenia must be considered the favourites for this match is their home form in the group. They are yet to taste defeat at the Stadion Stozice in Ljubljana and held the group leaders England to a draw in the early stages of the group.
Scotland have won two and lost two of their away matches in the group, including heavy defeats in England and Slovakia. Therefore, their odds are little longer than the hosts to win this game.
The draw is also available at Bet365 but this result will probably be of little use to both teams as they attempt to seal second place.
2. Other Bets
Slovenia have an excellent home record and have lost only one of their previous ten matches on their own turf. The defeat came at the hands of Turkey in a friendly match back in June 2016 and since then, Slovenia has won four and drawn one home match.
Slovenia have kept a clean sheet in each of their last five home matches and you can get for Slovenia to win the match to nil with Bet365.
Interestingly, only one of Slovenia’s last ten home matches have seen over 2.5 goals and with this match set to be a nervy affair, we could see a similarly tight game. Bet365 offer for this match to end with under 2.5 goals.
If Slovenia is to make the breakthrough, their top scorer in the group Josip Iličić is likely to be the man to score the goal. You can get for Josip Iličić to score the first goal of the game at Bet365.
Both teams will be hoping to avoid picking up suspensions in the previous round of fixtures. This and injuries will have a large part to play in team selection but Slovenia cannot do without Josip Iličić and Benjamin Verbič if they are to win this match.