Macedonia and Wales are no slouches either, although it’s imperative for the Scots that they bag home wins to stand any chance of making it to Brazil and that starts with Saturday’s encounter against a Serbian side that missed out on Euro 2012 after qualifying for the 2010 World Cup.
The bookies are expecting an even encounter at Hampden Park, with Craig Levein’s side the slight favourites at 7/4 (Ladbrokes free bets) to record a morale-boosting win which would set them up nicely for Tuesday’s match against Macedonia.
Scotland’s last match saw them beat Australia 3-1 and it heralded the international career of Jordan Rhodes who recently completed an £8 million move from Huddersfield Town to Blackburn Rovers – a transfer fee unheard of for the Championship.
Rhodes is a class act who can be backed at 6/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) and Levein will surely opt to play the youngster in attack, with Kenny Miller a viable alternative, while Ross McCormack is another class act who was on the scoresheet against the Australians.
As for Serbia, there was a lot of soul-searching after the 2010 World Cup campaign, although Siniša Mihajlović has some talented players at his disposal, with Branislav Ivanovic, and Aleksandar Kolarov well known to English football fans and it’s in defence where this team is strongest.
The visitors are 2/1 to claim victory although we could quite easily see this match ending all square and the 9/4 about the draw seems like a better option than backing either team, with Serbia likely to be happy to take a point from this contest.