Scotland will take on Denmark and Austria in FIFA World Cup 2022 Qualification Group F.
In a draw that will excite the Scotland support, Scotland will face Denmark, Austria, Israel, Faroe Islands and Moldova in their quest to qualify for a first FIFA World Cup since 1998.
Scotland have a favourable record against the Danes, with ten victories and six defeats. Though they have not faced each other competitively since 1986, Scotland hold the upper hand in recent meetings, having won on both occasions within the last decade.
Second seeds Austria will provide stern opposition, and hold the advantage in head to heads over Scotland having won on eight occasions to Scotland’s six, with six draws. The sides last faced each other in 2007, with Scotland winning 1-0 in Vienna thanks to a Gary O’Connor strike.
Israel are now familiar foes for Scotland, with these qualification fixtures set to be the sixth and seventh time the two nations have met within just the last three years. While Israel won the last meeting last month in Tel Aviv 1-0, Scotland can claim victory in the most important meeting, having triumphed on penalties in Hampden in October in the EURO 2020 Play-off Semi-final.
Though Scotland have never lost to fifth seeds Faroe Islands they will nevertheless be wary of any slip-ups, with the island nation twice having dealt a blow to Scotland’s qualification hopes with draws. The sides last met in a friendly in 2010, Scotland winning 3-0.
Moldova have only faced Scotland on two previous occasions, also both in World Cup qualification. The sides were tied 1-1 in Moldova with Scotland winning at Hampden in 2005 thanks to goals from Christian Dailly and James McFadden.
Steve Clarke Reaction
Scotland Head Coach Steve Clarke: “When you go into any campaign you want to finish as high as you possibly can and that’s what we aim to do.
“The draw is decent but I’m sure that Denmark, Austria and everyone in the group are looking at it thinking it’s a decent group.
“It’s always going to be tough. We have to keep improving, keep working hard, don’t get carried away. We look forward to the games in March.
"I think the fact we have managed to break the hoodoo and qualify for a tournament that we can all look forward to in the summer is great, but I tend to look at the last two games and I’m a little disappointed that we finished with two defeats because we had been on such a good run going into the match against Serbia.
“All we can do now is try to start a winning run in March. Hopefully the fixtures are kind to us, we get a good start in the group and we can look forward to a good World Cup qualifying campaign.”
Thursday, 25 March 2021 - 7.45pm
Scotland v Austria
Sunday, 28 March 2021 - 7.45pm
Israel v Scotland
Wednesday, 31 March 2021 - 7.45pm
Scotland v Faroe Islands
Wednesday, 1 September 2021 - 7.45pm
Denmark v Scotland
Saturday, 4 September 2021 - 7.45pm
Scotland v Moldova
Tuesday, 7 September 2021 - 7.45pm
Austria v Scotland
Saturday, 9 October 2021 - 5pm
Scotland v Israel
Tuesday, 12 October 2021 - 7.45pm
Faroe Islands v Scotland
Friday, 12 November 2021 - 7.45pm
Moldova v Scotland
Monday, 15 November 2021 - 7.45pm
Scotland v Denmark
Unfortunately we will not have any ticket information for fans until we learn more about Coronavirus restrictions next year.