Scotland face must win encounter in quest to reach Euro 2016

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The tension is upon all Scotland supporters yet again, the nervousness that comes with another crucial qualifying match in which, if they succeed, they can qualify for their first major tournament since 1998.

This time, their task is to come away from away from Georgia with at least a point as the Republic of Ireland will surely secure a win over Gibraltar.

The only plus point being either Germany or Poland will drop points as they play each other in a crucial group fixture.


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Realistically, to take that further step to Euro 2016 qualification, only a win will do. As even a draw will most likely let the Republic of Ireland jump ahead of the Scots on goal difference.

But Georgia are no pushovers, as the Scottish Euro 2008 qualifying campaign will prove.

Oh how the Tartan Army's life would've been so much easier if they didn't lose 3-1 in a crucial away fixture, mind boggling when in the same campaign they had completed a famous double over France, including a James McFadden screamer.

Will history repeat itself? Or will the Scots put those nightmares to rest and come away with a professional victory? We'll find out very soon.

One fact you can't argue with, is that Gordon Strachan has revitalised this squad of capable individuals and since the departure of Craig Levein - they look hungrier, more organised and determined for the cause.

With the chance of all British sides qualifying for a major tournament, which will be the first time that's ever happened, the UK will be firmly behind the Scots tonight.

My prediction is that Strachan will go with a 4-5-1 formation against a stern Georgia outfit and line up like: Marshall, Hutton, Greer, Martin, Forsyth, Brown, McArthur, Anya, Morrison, Maloney, Naismith, Fletcher.

Whatever the setup, Scotland will need to put on a passionate display in a must win game to have the edge over their Irish and Polish competitors for Euro 2016 qualification.

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