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How Scotland can still qualify for Euro 2016

Strachan's side far from dead and buried yet because of tough Irish run-in, so top odds of 8/1 with Sky Bet for Scotland to reach Euro 2016 finals are tasty

While many commentators say Scotland’s destiny is out of their hands when it comes to their bid to qualify for Euro 2016, punters must take into account that fellow Celtic nation and play-off place rivals the Republic of Ireland have a far more difficult run-in than Gordon Strachan’s side.

The Tartan team may trail the Boys in Green by four points with two games to play, but Martin O’Neill’s men must face current Group D top two Germany, who are reigning World Cup champions, at home and Poland away back-to-back.

With the Scots hosting the Poles in front of a partisan Hampden Park crowd and then travelling to pool whipping boys Gibraltar, a turnaround is more than possible. It also pays to side with Strachan’s side to clinch a play-off place and get through over two legs in November with Sky Bet offering a best-price 8/1 on Scotland reaching the Euro 2016 finals.

Robert Lewandowski’s destructive form is a valid concern, but the prolific Poland frontman drew a blank in the reverse fixture against the Scots and that is a sign of encouragement.

As the Polish defence conceded twice in that encounter, with Shaun Maloney and Steven Naismith getting on the scoresheet, they are a side that in front of the Tartan Army can be got at.

Minnows Gibraltar, meanwhile, have conceded 46 goals in eight Euro 2016 qualifying games so far; a worrying average of just under six per match. That virtually assures three points for Scotland when they travel to The Rock.

Strachan’s side managed six in their home fixture, so should be looking to equal or better that when travelling to Gibraltar. Provided they end up with a superior goal difference than the Irish, Scotland can afford to finish level on points with them and sneak through to the play-offs.

Once there, potential opponents which include Hungary or Finland and Israel, will not relish the hostile Hampden raw. Place your faith in and a stake on Scotland the brave beating the odds and reaching the Euro 2016 tournament finals.

BETTING TIP: Scotland qualify for Euro 2016 @ 8/1 with Sky Bet.

All odds were correct at time of posting.

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