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Scotland v Northern Ireland: Prediction, Tips and Odds

After suffering a chastening defeat to the Netherlands on Friday night, Scotland will be aiming to bounce back when they take on Northern Ireland in an international friendly at Hampden Park on Tuesday.

With the Euros just around the corner, Scotland would have wanted to deliver a strong result and performance against the Dutch and although they were competitive for large spells, a 4-0 loss was far from an ideal way to start 2024.

Northern Ireland do not have a European Championship to look forward to this summer, but after beating Denmark in their final match of 2023, Michael O'Neill's team continued to build some positive momentum with Friday's 1-1 friendly draw away to Romania.

That should give the Green and White Army plenty of confidence heading into their trip to Hampden, although they have not won away to Scotland in 50 years.

Scotland v Northern Ireland

Scotland v Northern Ireland betting tips and predictions

Double Chance - Draw or Northern Ireland - 13/10

Scotland stormed through qualifying to reach their second successive Euros, winning their opening five matches and never looking back, but Steve Clarke's side are now without a victory in six games following their humbling in Amsterdam.

Yes, the 4-0 scoreline flattered the Dutch with Scotland impressing for large spells and creating numerous opportunities that they could not convert, but the result was a reminder of the improvement Clarke and his players need to make if they are to leave any sort of imprint on the Euros.

In contrast, Northern Ireland's Euro campaign never got going and they had long since been eliminated by the time they did record a notable 2-0 victory over Denmark at Windsor Park in November.

The positivity brought by that victory - that ended a run of seven defeats in eight - was further built on by Friday's 1-1 draw in Bucharest, a match where Northern Ireland led thanks to a debut goal from Stevenage forward Jamie Reid.

Those recent results, against two sides that will be at the Euros this summer, will give O'Neill's team plenty of belief heading into their trip to Glasgow and the 13/10 about Northern Ireland avoiding defeat seemingly offers good value.

The Green and White Army may have a poor record when facing Scotland, winning just two of the 16 encounters since they last beat the Tartan Army in Glasgow thanks to a Tommy Cassidy goal in May 1974.

However, this will be just the third meeting between these near neighbours since 1992 and Northern Ireland will be hopeful they can at least deny the Scots a victory on their own patch.

Under 2.5 goals - 9/10

Scotland's main problem against the Dutch was converting chances, with Hearts forward Lawrence Shankland one of many to spurn a decent opening for Clarke's side at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Shankland, who has been banging in the goals in the Scottish Premiership this season - leading the scoring charts with 20 - was given an opportunity in the starting XI on Friday night that he perhaps wasn't fully able to take.

With fellow strikers Lyndon Dykes and Che Adams being far from prolific, scoring goals could be a problem for Scotland at the Euros and in Tuesday’s match.

Northern Ireland are certainly a side that likes to adopt a pragmatic approach, with eight of their last 11 fixtures featuring no more than two goals.

O'Neill's side have failed to score themselves in six of their last 10 and this is also a fixture that has tended to lack attacking quality over the years, with 12 of the last 13 meetings going under 2.5 goals.

John McGinn to be booked - 11/2

Scotland showed no shortage of competitive spirit against the Netherlands and that was epitomised by midfielder John McGinn, who certainly wasn’t treating the match like a friendly when he was booked for almost rugby tackling Cody Gakpo to the floor.

Aston Villa captain McGinn has been in the headlines of late following his recent sending off for his club against Tottenham and he has been booked 10 times across all competitions for club and country this season.

Perhaps hurting from how Friday's match in Amsterdam finished, McGinn will be eager to impress at Hampden, and the 11/2 about him overstepping the mark and being cautioned could offer plenty of value.

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Scotland v Northern Ireland odds

Scotland - 4/7
Draw -
Northern Ireland -

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