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          Georgia vs Scotland Preview, Tips & Stats

          Georgia welcome Scotland to the Boris Paichadze Dinamo Arena this Thursday in the penultimate matchday of the UEFA Euro Qualifiers. The top two, including Scotland, have already secured qualification and will be jostling for top spot in the group.

          Georgia currently sit fourth in Group A after six games. In those six games, Georgia have two wins, one draw and three losses which leaves them on seven points, just three points behind third place Norway.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Georgia have two wins and three losses. The first loss came against this week’s opponents. The 2 - 0 win for Scotland saw Georgia register nine shots, but zero on target and just 48% of the possession. The next time out saw them lose again, this time against Spain. Giorgi Chakvetadze did manage to score early on in the second half, but it was more of a consolation goal as an own goal from Solomon Kvirkveila, goals from Dani Olmo, Nico William and Lamine Yamal and a hat-trick from Alvaro Morata gave Spain the 7 - 1 win.

          The third loss came against Norway. Erling Haaland gave Norway the lead in the first half and Martin Odegaard doubled it just eight minutes later. Budu Zivzivadze did score for Georgia but in the 91st minute it was too late to mount a comeback as Norway won 2 - 1. Georgia bounced back in a friendly against Thailand. Zuriko Davitashvili, Luka Lochoshvili and Kvicha Kvrataskhelia all scored along with four goals from Georges Mikautadze to give Georgia the 8 - 0 win.

          The last time out for Georgia was against Cyprus. Otar Kiteshvili, Kvaratskhelia, Levan Shengelia and Mikautadze all scored in the 4 - 0 win for Georgia.

          Scotland, on the other hand, sit second in the group and have already qualified. In six games Scotland have five wins and one loss, they sit on an equal 15 points with Spain, but only have a goal difference of nine in comparison to Spain’s 16.

          In their last five games in all competitions, Scotland have two wins and three losses. One of the wins came in this fixture in June, with Callum McGregor and Scott McTominay both scoring in the 2 - 0 win for Scotland. The other win came the next time out against Cyprus. McTominay was on the scoresheet again in the sixth minute and was joined by Ryan Porteous ten minutes later. John McGinn also scored before halftime in the 3 - 0 win for Scotland.

          However, the turn in form came against England. Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham gave England the 2 - 0 at halftime but an own goal from Harry Maguire brought Scotland back into the game. Harry Kane scored in the closing stages to secure the 3 - 1 win for England. Back in the Qualifiers, Morata and Oihan Sancet both scored in the 2 - 0 win for Spain.

          The most recent outing for Scotland was against France in a friendly. Billy Gilmour opened the scoring for Scotland, but a brace from Benjamin Pavard and goals from Kylian Mbappe and Kingsley Coman gave France the 4 - 1 win.

          Georgia and Scotland have met just five times, with the first meeting coming as recent as 2007. The fixture has been somewhat even with Scotland winning on three occasions and Georgia winning twice with a draw yet to come in this fixture.

          Georgia Team News

          Willy Sagnol will likely opt for a 5 - 3 - 2 formation against Scotland with either Zivzivadze or Mikautadze pairing up with Kvaratskhelia up front.

          Scotland Team News

          Steve Clarke has a couple of injuries to manage this international break. Key figures like Andrew Robertson, Che Adams and Kieran Tierney are all unavailable due to injury. However, Heart of Modlothian striker Lawrence Shankland has been called up.