Scotland need points

Last updated: September 3, 2015 by Leon Marshal

Game details

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Kick-off: Friday, 5pm
Venue: Boris Paichadzis Erovnuli
Coverage: Sky Sports 1
Home form: LLLWL
Away form: DWWWL
Last meeting: 0-1
Referee: Hategan (Romania)
Competition: EC Qualification

Even though Georgia is not the strongest opponent for Scotland, Scottish players will have to play their best in order to win the game and earn the vital three points. After the visit to Georgia, Scotland will have to play against Germany at home and later against group leader Poland. So, this match against the Crusaders is a must win situation.

Scotland’s players are in top form. Fletcher and Morrison both played in West Bromwich’s 1-0 win against Stoke. Chris Martin scored a goal for Derby in their last Championship game. Shaun Maloney assisted a goal for his club Hull City. Furthermore, he did it on his debut. Allan McGregor and Andrew Robertson also played for the Tigers.

James McArthur helped Crystal Palace to win 2-1 over Premier League Champions Chelsea. Leigh Griffiths and Charlie Mulgrew both scored in Celtic’s 3-1 win against St Johnstone.

Team News

Scotland’s manager Strachan praised Stuart Armstrong for his efforts playing in Celtic’s first team and is giving him a chance of winning his first international cap.

Goalkeeper Allan McGregor returns to the squad after injury, so does Blackburn defender Grant Hanley.

Midfielders Charlie Adam and Barry Bannan are dropped. The reason Bannan will miss Georgia’s visit is his lack of recent games.

Strachan feels he has too many equivalent players and is having a hard time deciding who should be on the pitch. The manager said he’s finding it difficult to make the decision as to who will be in the final squad.

Quotes of the week

Tskhadadze georgia Kakhaber Tskhadadze (Georgia) : “I hope to see my team scoring against Scotland.”

gordon strachan scotland Gordon Strachan (Scotland) : “I have too many equivalent players and that’s why it’s so hard for me to pick the squad”.

Expected line-ups:

Georgia (5-4-1): Loria, Amisulashvili, Navalovski, Kashia, Lobzhanidze, Dvali, Kobakhidze, Ananidze, Okriashvili, Vatsadze, Qazaishvili.
Not available:
Scotland(4-4-1-1): Marshall, Hutton, Martin, Mulgrew, Forsyth, D. Fletcher, Morrison, Naismith, McArthur, Anya, Maloney.
Subs Gordon, Adam, Brown, Berra, Robertson, Ritchie, Samson, S. Fletcher, Forrest, Griffits, Armstrong.
Not available:

So far this campaign

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Georgia this campaign Scotland this campaign
5 League Position 3
0 (1) (at home) Wins (away) 3 (0)
3-0 vs Gibraltar Biggest win 6-1 vs Gibraltar
0 (0) (at home) Draws (away) 0 (2)
3 (2) (at home) Losses (away) 0 (1)
0-4 to Poland (twice) Biggest Defeat 1-2 to Germany
Okriashvili (2) Top scorer Maloney (4)
Ananidze (1) Assist Leader Anya (2)
Y12, R0 Discipline Y11, R1
4 Failures to score 0
1 Clean Sheets 2
1 Both Teams to Score Games 4
4 Over 2.5 Games 3
2 Under 2.5 Games 3
  • The first game between these two teams finished with a 2-0 win for the Scottish players.
  • Scotland and Georgia have met three times (2 home victories for Scotland and 1 home victory for Georgia). So, usually the points go to the host.
  • Georgia have conceded 13 goals in six games which is an average of 2.17 per match, a statistic that shows the host team has a serious problem in their defensive line up.
  • Georgia are without a win in six competitive home games since a 1-0 success against Belarus in September 2012. Akaki Khubutia’s own goal earned Scotland a 1-0 win when the teams met in October 2014.

Head to Head

Last 5 meetings between the two sides
Date Competition Game Result First Goalscorer
11/10/14 ECQ Scotland 1-0 Georgia Khubutia (OG) 28′
17/10/07 ECQ Georgia 2-0 Scotland Mchedlidze 16′
24/03/07 ECQ Scotland 2-1 Georgia Boyd 11′