Scotland and Spain jointly top Group A of the 2024 European Championship qualifiers after their Match Day 1 wins. The two nations face off on Match Day 2 with Scotland hosting at Hampden Park in Glasgow. The Scots have two straight home matches and will want to make this count after their 3-0 win over Cyprus on Match Day 1. John McGinn scored the opener in that game and a late brace by Scott McTominay sealed it before Cyprus were reduced to 10 men. A fourth win in six matches will surely boost Scotland’s confidence as they prepare to face the former Europe and world champions Spain. Scotland have three clean sheets in their last five matches and only failed to score in one of the five games. They have managed two or more goals in three of their last five matches and four of their last five matches have produced over 2.5 goals.
Spain are also coming from a win. Their 3-0 victory over Norway may seem flattering on paper but they had to dig deep, scoring their final two goals inside the last seven minutes of the game. Debutant Joselu, at 32, came off the bench to score a brace, adding on to Dani Olmo’s early opener to give Spain a flying start. That was Spain’s first win in four matches, and they needed it after their uninspiring showing at the 2022 World Cup. Spain have managed three clean sheets in their last five matches but they failed to score in one of the five games. They come into this game with 12 goals scored in their last five matches. Three of the five matches have had over 2.5 goals and their win over Norway marked three straight wins in Euro qualifiers, all with clean sheets and over 2.5 goals. In 19 matches in Euro qualifiers, Spain are unbeaten.
Scotland will go into this game seeking to keep their good start going, and playing at home will also mean they go out there to fight. They have a good scoring run and they meet an equally good attacking team, which guarantees an entertaining match out there. These two nations have had high-scoring games, and rarely fail to score themselves, thus our prediction for the Scotland v Spain game is over 2.5 goals to be scored.