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Scotland soared to a 3-0 home win against Ukraine in midweek to move to the top of UEFA Nations League B Group 1. The Scots are in control of their destiny, with two matches left to play. On Saturday, Scotland will host the Republic of Ireland at Hampden Park in Glasgow. 

Ireland can still catch Scotland in the standings. However, the Irish must win on Saturday to keep the hope of progression to League A alive. A draw or loss would eliminate Ireland from progression. Ireland are on a two-match unbeaten streak in the Nations League. 

According to leading sportsbooks, Scotland are the favourite to win at odds of 1/1. Ireland are at the best betting odds of 3/1 to win, and the teams are at odds of 11/5 to draw in Glasgow. Let’s explore some options for a bet builder.

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Full-time result: Scotland 

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Scotland are playing well and go into matchday No. 5 of the UEFA Nations League in good form. The Scots claimed an impressive 3-0 win against Ukraine at home. They will have the home fans in Hampden Park supporting their every move on Saturday. 

Ireland won the reverse fixture 3-0 in Dublin. The win came just 10 days after Scotland were eliminated from World Cup qualification. The Scots were caught off guard and had little to offer on the night. Saturday’s match in Glasgow should be much different. 

Ireland have edged the head-to-head record versus Scotland. The teams played 12 times between 1961 and 2022. The Irish’s record is 5W-3D-4L. Despite the poor record against Ireland, Scotland should post a matchday No. 5 win at home. 

Clarke has the Scots playing well. He turned around the fortunes of the national team. Scotland were just one match away from playing in the 2022 World Cup. Our betting tips prediction is for Scotland to win and remain top of Group 1. 

Total Shots: Lyndon Dykes over 0.5 shots

Queens Park Rangers’ striker Lyndon Dykes had a brilliant match against Ukraine in midweek. The Aussie-born Scotsman scored twice against Ukraine to lead the team to a 3-0 win. Dykes scored in the 80th and 87th minutes to seal the win after John McGinn’s earlier goal. 

Dykes did not start the match against Ukraine as Southampton’s Che Adams got the nod in attack. Dykes replaced Adams and scored twice in the win. 

Dykes averages 2.46 shots per match for Queens Park Rangers in the Championship. The striker isn’t having the best club season with one goal in 10 appearances. 

However, Dykes steps up for Scotland on the international level. Our betting tips prediction is for the striker to tally over 0.5 shots against Ireland.

Total Goals: Over 2.5 goals 

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Scotland’s matches in 2022 have been full of goals. Their last three matches all finished with over 2.5 goals. Five of their last six games ended with more than 2.5 goals. Their run of fixtures with over 2.5 goals includes the 3-0 loss to Ireland in Dublin. 

Two of Ireland’s six matches in 2022 finished with over 2.5 goals scored. The Irish have kept games low scoring. However, both teams are playing well, and our betting tips prediction is for over 2.5 goals to be scored. 

Scotland showed plenty of firepower in the final third against Ukraine. Their ability to get goals should continue against the Irish. A win could seal progression to League A for Scotland. Clarke’s team should have plenty of belief. 

Ireland are in good form and unbeaten in two straight matches. The Irish won the reverse fixture 3-0 and will fancy their chances in Glasgow. 

To score anytime: Lyndon Dykes

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Lyndon Dykes scored twice for Scotland against Ukraine in midweek. He came off the bench for Che Adams and scored twice in the final 10 minutes. Dykes could start ahead of Adams on Saturday. Clarke could even play the two strikers together in the attack. 

Dykes missed Scotland’s UEFA Nations League openers with a thigh injury, but he returned versus Ukraine with a bang. The striker has made 23 appearances for Scotland. He has scored eight times for the Scottish national team. 

Our betting tips prediction is for Dykes to remain hot after his two-goal game. Dykes may be struggling for Queens Park Rangers, but our betting tips prediction is for the striker to get on the scoresheet anytime against Ireland. 

Total corners: Over 3.5 corners

Scotland and Ireland combined for 14 corners in Dublin in June. Our betting tips prediction is for the teams to combine for another high corner figure. Scotland’s midweek match against Ukraine finished with 7.0 corners. All seven corners were tallied by Scotland. 

Ireland have had three of their four matches in the UEFA Nations League finish with over 3.5 corners. All four of Scotland’s matches in the UEFA Nations League finished with over 3.5 corners. 

Based on Scotland’s previous performances in the UEFA Nations League, our prediction is for more than 3.5 corners. Scotland should put pressure on Ireland leading to several corner kicks given. Ireland won’t be afraid of Scotland, however. The Irish should rack up corner kicks as well. In the end, these teams should accumulate more than 3.5 corners again.