2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Scotland vs Moldova

Scotland look to reignite their Qualifying bid for 2022 FIFA World Cup as Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army welcome Moldova to Hampden Park.

Victory for Scotland would see them climb to third at best due to second-placed Israel meeting third-placed Austria elsewhere, whereas Moldova can climb off the foot of Group F with at least one point if Faroe Islands lose to Denmark.

 

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John McGinn and Nathan Paterson are set to return for Scotland after missing Wednesday’s defeat in Denmark, as they completed self-isolation following positive Coronavirus tests.

Stephen O’Donnell is also set to return after restrictions in Copenhagen prevented him from travelling in midweek, whilst Kevin Nisbet is also looking to return after recovering from a knock.

Moldova have no fresh injury concerns to report but will welcome Igor Armas, Catalin Carp, Vadim Rata and Ion Nicoleascu back from suspension.

 

Stat Attack

  • Scotland are unbeaten in two previous meetings against Moldova (W1, D1), which came in Qualifying for 2006 World Cup.
  • Moldova lost their only previous trip to Scotland, losing 2-0 at Hampden Park in June 2005.
  • John McGinn’s three goals in March’s Qualifiers for Scotland all came at home.
  • Moldova have scored just once and conceded 27 goals in their last 11 away matches in all competitions (L11), with their only goal during this run coming against France in Saint-Denis in November 2019.
  • This is the first match involving both teams to be refereed by Lawrence Visser. \

 

Prediction

After finding themselves outplayed by Group F leaders – Denmark in midweek defensively, Scotland must come here and show proper fight if they’re to push for the World Cup Play-Offs spot if can pick up from a positive final 20 minutes in Copenhagen where they finally showed attacking intent.

Moldova meanwhile did a great job of restricting Austria until injury time in both halves in their home defeat, so I am expecting them to not be the pushovers that many might expect because they could certainly have enough in them to cause a surprise.

I however fancy Scotland to win this if they play like they did in the closing stages against Denmark, because they were unlucky to not net a consolatory goal so will be fired up for this clash to get their qualification hopes back on track.

Prediction: Scotland 2-0 Moldova

Result: Scotland 1-0 Moldova

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