San Marino and Scotland meet at Stadio Olimpico di Serravalle, in a match for this phase of the qualification for the European Championship (Qualifying Round). There is no recent record of direct confrontations between these two teams, who have not played any matches in the last 3 years. The last time they met was on 28-03-2001, in a match that ended with the final score: Scotland (4-0) San Marino. Attention to the house factor, since San Marino usually conquers different results at home and abroad.
The home team comes to this 2nd round of Group I after a defeat in its opening in this group stage, against Cyprus, by (5-0). This is a team that usually makes good use of the home advantage, stronger with the help of its supporters, since in the last 30 matches they register 15 losses in away matches; against 1 draw and 14 losses at their stadium. In the last 6 home matches San Marino has lost 6. The team has not been very strong defensively, since they have suffered goals in the last 10 matches, and their offense needs improving, as they have not scored goals in the last 10 matches. 9 of the last 10 matches. The team does not usually score first. Indeed, he failed to open the scoring in any of the last 14 games. In 14 games, he never got the comeback in the 14 games in which he suffered the first goal.
The selection of San Marino enters this match with a rebuff, 5-0, in the displacement to the land of Cyprus, starting in the worst way this qualifying phase for EURO 2020. In this second match against Scotland, the coach Franco Varrella must act in a 5-3-2, favoring a faster style of play, being the two most advanced pieces Nanni and Berardi. However, it is in the defense that this team has its weakest points, facilitating many times in the defensive transition and in the stopped balls. For this game the local coach can count on the same players of the last match.
The away team comes to this 2nd round of Group I after a defeat in its opening in this group stage, against Kazakhstan, by (3-0). This is a team that usually maintains its competitive level in home and away matches, since in the last 30 matches he has 6 wins, 1 draw and 8 losses as a visitor; against 6 victories, 4 draws and 5 defeats in his stadium. In the last 8 away matches Scotland has a record of 3 wins, 1 draw and 4 losses. The team allowed goals to the opponent in 7 of the last 10 matches, so there are defensive processes that need improvement. In 15 matches, they suffered the first goal 8 times and only managed 1 comeback.
Scotland come to this game with a slight, by 3-0, in the displacement to Kazakhstan, registering in this way the first defeat in this qualifying phase. The Scottish team must act in a tactical system in 4-3-3, with the aim of using a more interior style of play, progressing in the field through short passes. On an individual level, we highlight midfielder Stuart Armstrong, who is very important in the team’s offensive process. Coach Alex McLeish can count on the usual players.