Scotland vs. Portugal: Time, Live Stream, TV Schedule and Odds

James Dudko@@JamesDudkoFeatured ColumnistOctober 14, 2018

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND - SEPTEMBER 10: Andy Robertson of Scotland during the UEFA Nations League C group one match between Scotland and Albania at Hampden Park on September 10, 2018 in Glasgow, United Kingdom. (Photo by Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images)
Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

Scotland will attempt to bounce back from a humbling defeat to Israel in the UEFA Nations League when they host Portugal in an international friendly at Glasgow's Hampden Park on Sunday.

The Scots were beaten 2-1 by Israel in Haifa on Thursday. A Charlie Mulgrew penalty had put Alex McLeish's men in front, but a red card for John Souttar and a Kieran Tierney own goal resulted in a painful loss.

Portugal's form is in sharp contrast to Scotland's. The UEFA Euro 2016 winners have taken six points from six in the Nations League after leaving Poland with a 3-2 win on Thursday. Captain Cristiano Ronaldo missed that match and will be absent on Sunday amid allegations of rape.

                    

Date: Sunday, October 14

Time: 5 p.m. BST/12 p.m. ET

TV Info: Sky Sports Football

Live Stream: Sky Go. Univision Deportes.

                  

Odds

Portugal: 19-20

Scotland: 15-4

Draw: 49-20

Odds according to Oddschecker.

                    

McLeish has defended his team after their defeat in Israel. The 59-year-old argued Israel No. 9 Munas Dabbur had "fooled the referee" when he tangled with Souttar, per BBC Sport.

Scotland boss McLeish is under pressure following recent setbacks.
Scotland boss McLeish is under pressure following recent setbacks.Craig Mercer/MB Media/Getty Images

The Scotland boss also felt the "roasting" temperatures didn't do his side any favours.

While the weather will be cooler in Glasgow, Scotland should still expect to be overrun. Portugal posses too much talent in the final third to be denied goals for long.

Striker Andre Silva is becoming feared among defenders again following his loan move to Sevilla from AC Milan this summer. The 22-year-old carried his revived form at club level on to the international stage against Poland:

Portugal's frontmen receive ample supply from midfield maestro Bernardo Silva:

The Manchester City playmaker also proved his eye for goal with a wonder strike in Poland. Having Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves and Real Betis enforcer William Carvalho alongside him makes Silva more effective.

A new-look Scotland defence will attempt to subdue Portugal's threat going forward. Goalscorer Mulgrew and Celtic star Tierney have withdrawn from the squad, along with fellow defender Souttar and West Ham United playmaker Robert Snodgrass, per BBC Scotland's Jane Lewis.

Scotland's only answer to Portugal's guile in forward areas will be to hope for big games from their own attacking talent. Celtic midfielder James Forrest has the ingenuity and technique to release raiding Liverpool left-back Andrew Robertson on the overlap.

There are some match-winners in the final third for Scotland but not enough to keep pace with the in-form Portugal.

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