Alex Mcleish’s second reign as Scotland manager begins against Costa Rica at Hampden Park on Friday night.
The former Birmingham City manager was named as Gordon Strachan’s successor and he will be hoping to get off to a perfect start in the role with a win in this one.
Despite their failure to qualify for this summer’s World Cup in Russia, Scotland have lost just one of their last eight matches – a 1-0 friendly defeat against Netherlands last time out.
The Scots are SportPesa’s 23/20 (2.15) favourites to ensure that McLeish’s second spell in charge ends in victory, while the same firm go 11/5 (3.20) that the match ends all square.
Costa Rica won the only previous meeting between these nations, at the 1990 World Cup, and they are chalked up as a 12/5 (3.40) chance to heap misery upon the Europeans with a win here.
Oli McBurnie of Swansea City and Manchester United’s Scott McTominay could make their international debut for Scotland, who will have a new captain after Scott Brown retired from international football.
Joel Campbell, on loan at Real Betis from Arsenal, is still recovering from an ankle injury so will not add to his 74 Costa Rica caps.
Low scoring contest?
There have been fewer than three goals scored in six of Costa Rica’s last eight matches, but there have been more than two goals scored in just one of Scotland’s last eight home fixtures.
SportPesa go 5/9 (1.55) that the under 2.5 goals selection lands, while the same firm offer 5/4 (2.25) that there are three or more strikes at Hampden Park.
Preview and predictions
Scotland will hope to secure a winning start for McLeish but the goals may not flow freely.
Their previous two permanent managers – Craig Levein and Gordon Strachan – both enjoyed 1-0 victories in their respective first fixtures in charge of the national team.
Therefore, it is SportPesa’s 33/20 (2.65) quote for fewer than two goals to be scored that may represent best value ahead of Friday’s fixture.
Under 1.5 goals at 33/20 (2.65) for a 1pt stake with SportPesa