Scotland take on Georgia this Friday hoping for a crucial away victory in the race for a spot at Euro 2016.

The last time the two sides met it was Scotland who came out on top after claiming a 1-0 victory at Ibrox back in October.

But with a new manager and plenty to prove could we see a very different Georgian team take to the pitch this time around?

Tbilisi-based Scottish sports journalist Alastair Watt (better known to some as @tbilisidon) gives us a detailed lowdown on what to expect from Kakha Tskhadadze’s team:


How are Georgia likely to set up tactically against Scotland?
Since taking over as head coach at the start of the year, Kakha Tskhadadze has been in charge of two competitive games (Germany at home, Poland away) and nothing was expected from either match. Therefore, the tactics were counter-attacking, bordering on damage limitation with a 5-3-1-1 deployed.
This makes it difficult to predict how Tskhadadze will approach Scotland. He is more adventurous in style than his predecessor Temuri Ketsbaia so I expect Georgia to start with more attack-minded personnel, even if the 5-3-1-1 system remains intact.

Which players will Scotland have to particularly watch out for?
Vako Kazaishvili is emerging as Georgia's best young player with the box-to-box midfielder a regular starter at Vitesse Arnhem for whom he has scored some important and spectacular goals in the last two seasons.
Winger Tornike Okriashvili is prone to making bad decisions in good areas but now and then, as we saw against Ireland in Tbilisi, he can produce a goal from almost nothing. Another one to watch for the Scots is the currently unattached Giorgi Loria, the Georgian goalkeeper who has a knack of producing world-class performances in big games, most memorably in their 0-0 draw with France two years ago.

Captain Jaba Kankava is one of the more experienced members of the squad - what does he bring to the team?
Kankava is Georgia's most consistent player and is reminiscent of Scotland's Scott Brown in many ways. A tough tackler, energetic and a natural leader with a combative attitude. I look forward to the first Kankava-Brown exchange on Friday night as this will be a key battle.

Is 3 points a fair reflection on Georgia’s Euro campaign so far?
Unfortunately, yes. The only match where Georgia could present a reasonable case for not getting what they deserved was the opener against Ireland, where they lost out to a late Aiden McGeady goal. That was a poor match, and a draw would perhaps have been a fair result. Overall, it has been a dismal campaign although performances have improved since Tskhadadze took charge.

What weaknesses should Scotland be aiming to exploit?
Defensively, Georgia have declined since the retirement of Kakha Kaladze and they have leaked some soft goals during this campaign, particularly against Poland. The inclusion of central defenders Aleksandre Amisulashvili and Zurab Khizanishvili, both in the twilight of their careers, should give encouragement to Scotland's quicker attacking players.

Georgia's overwhelming weakness though is the absence of a goal threat, something which has plagued the side since Shota Arveladze's retirement in 2008. Empoli's Levan Mchedlidze, who scored against Scotland in 2007, is their current first-choice in a position that has had several forgettable occupants in recent years.

Score prediction
I am nervous about the game as I expected, and still expect, Georgia to damage someone in this group and they are running out of games in which to do so. Nevertheless, I'll allow heart to rule head and say 1-0 Scotland, with Ikechi Anya to score.