UEFA Nations League Group B2
Scotland v Slovakia
Sunday, 11 October 2020, kick-off 7.45pm
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Live on Sky Sports
Scotland return to Nations League duty after securing a spot in the UEFA EURO 2020 Play-Off final on Thursday night.
Kenny McLean’s winner and David Marshall’s heroics in goal secured victory on penalties against Israel, but now attention returns to the Nations League campaign where the Scots currently sit top of Group B2.
It is nearly three years to the day since Scotland and Slovakia last faced each other.
That October night at Hampden Park saw Gordon Strachan’s side keep World Cup qualification hopes alive in dramatic fashion as a late Martin Skrtel own goal was all that separated the two sides.
In truth, it could and perhaps should have been more than the one goal deficit for Scotland, who were met by an inspired performance between the posts by Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka.
On the rare occasion the stopper found himself beaten by a shot, his crossbar came to the rescue, with Chris Martin and Leigh Griffiths hitting the woodwork in quick succession as Scotland pushed for an opener in the second half.
In the end, a combination of a tricky cross from Ikechi Anya and a determined lunge from substitute Martin was enough to force Skrtel to turn the ball in to his own net and give Scotland all three points in the group.
Steve Clarke has added Paul McGinn and Andy Considine to his squad, with Stuart Armstrong, Kieran Tierney and Ryan Christie all unavailable.
Hibs centre half Ryan Porteous will be hoping to get his first cap in one of the three matches after his second senior call-up, having been a late call-up previously at the tail end of last year.
Porteous is joined from the Under-21s by Ross McCrorie, who earns his first call-up to the A squad. The young midfielder scored Scotland’s second goal in Friday’s 2-0 win over Czech Republic at Tynecastle.
Pre-match thoughts from the manager
Steve Clarke is fully aware that confidence and quality within the group will only grow with time and results.
Thursday’s semi-final victory means Scotland are now unbeaten in their last six matches and the manager is eager to see that momentum carried in to Sunday’s clash at Hampden.
“We’re trying to build something,” the manager said. “It takes time but you have to slowly build character, confidence and quality too – that will come. The more results we can string together, the better we will become.
“This break is bringing a lot games in quick succession so we know it will be a big shift from everyone, but we have a chance to continue to build momentum in the group.”
Supporters will still be able to have a key part of the match day experience delivered to their home.
A limited print run of Sunday night’s programme will be produced in conjunction with the Scottish FA’s programme partners Ignition Sports Media.
Visit https://www.scottishfa.co.uk/news/match-programmes-available-for-upcoming-triple-header/?rid=14258 for more information and to order your copy.
How to follow the match
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event, kicking off at 7:45pm.
You can also receive live updates via the official @ScotlandNT Twitter account.