Scotland travel to Spain this evening knowing that their place in the Euro 2012 qualification play-off games is in their own hands.
Should Craig Levein’s men match or better Czech Republic’s result in Lithuania, they will secure 2nd place and a play-off spot to keep their hopes of qualifying for Euro 2012 alive.
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As things stand, Scotland are a point clear of third position after their crucial 1-0 win in Liechtenstein on Saturday came a day after Spain defeated Czech Republic 2-0.
Perhaps highlighting the task ahead of Scotland this evening, not only are Spain World and European Champions, but they have won every single game in this Euro 2012 qualification campaign.
Should this run continue and the Spanish emerge victorious this evening, Scotland would be relying on Lithuania to beat Czech Republic for them to hold onto 2nd position.
This is something they have done before in this campaign though as they secured a 1-0 victory in Czech Republic back in September 2010. However, this is Lithuania’s only win in the group so far and they are massive underdogs to get something from this final game.
So, Scotland must focus on getting something in Spain. As difficult as this is going to be, they need to go for the win. This is the only way they can guarentee that they finish in 2nd place. They must presume Czech Republic are going to win.
Looking at the team news for this one, Spain are ready to ring the changes in order to give some fringe players the chance to progress.
Santi Cazorla, Juan Mata and David Silva are all set to come in though, so the home side will not be short of quality.
As for Scotland, they are likely to go with Craig Mackail-Smith as their lone striker after his goalscoring heroics against Liechtenstein at the weekend. This is presuming that he recovers from a hamstring knock though.
Elsewhere, Barry Bannan and Darren Fletcher will undergo late fitness tests to see whether they are ready to start the game.
Given the importance of the match though, Levein will be hoping that his key players can shrug off their various injury problems and give everything to try and help Scotland progress to the Euro 2012 qualification play-offs.