2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifying: Faroe Islands vs Scotland

Faroe Islands welcome Scotland to Torsvollur, Torshavn, as Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army look to move closer towards a second placed finish in Group F.

Victory would see the Faroe Islands stay fifth, whereas Scotland can move as high as seven points clear of Israel and Austria and cement second place in the group heading into next month’s decisive final two round of group matches.

 

Team News

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Faroe Islands have no fresh injury concerns to report after Saturday’s 2-0 home loss to Austria.

Scotland will be without Che Adams after the striker suffered a muscle injury in Saturday’s five goal thriller against Israel.

Steve Clarke otherwise has an unchanged squad although he could rotate his squad with Stephen O’Donnell, Stuart Armstrong and Kevin Nisbet looking to start this match.

 

Stat Attack

  • Faroe Islands failed to win their only previous World Cup qualifier against Scotland, losing 4-0 at Hampden Park in March.
  • Scotland are visiting Faroe Islands for a World Cup Qualifier for the first time but are unbeaten in four previous visits in all competitions (W2, D2), with both wins coming through 2-0 results.
  • Faroe Islands have won just two of their last six home matches (W2, L4).
  • Lyndon Dykes has scored in each of Scotland’s last three matches.
  • Faroe Islands have lost their only match played under Matej Jug – losing 3-0 to Sweden in November 2019, whereas Scotland won their only previous match under Jug’s whistle – beating Albania 2-0 in September 2018.

 

Prediction

With nothing left to play for and having been comfortably dispatched by Austria on Saturday, Faroe Islands will be a dangerous team to face because they can play with no fear especially after making life hard for their recent opponents at home.

Scotland though come into this match on a high after snatching a last-gasp winner against Israel on Saturday, in a game where their defending was awful at times yet their grit and determination saw them through after twice coming from behind to level before Scott McTominay’s winner.

Steve Clarke’s Tartan Army though cannot afford to lift their foot off the gas here because defeat could allow Israel right back into the fight for second, yet I fancy them to get the job done if can build on Saturday’s positives.

Prediction: Faroe Islands 0-2 Scotland

Result: Faroe Islands 0-1 Scotland

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