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Spain vs. Scotland odds, line, start time: 2024 Euro Qualifying picks, Oct. 12 predictions from proven expert

Scotland will be looking to pull off another stunner, this time on the road, when they visit Spain on Thursday for a 2024 UEFA European Championship Qualifying match in Seville. The teams met in a Group A match in Glasgow back in March, and the Scots (5-0-0) pulled off a 2-0 victory. Now Spain (3-0-1) get their chance at home, and they’ll be seeking revenge. The Spaniards were frustrated by Scotland’s stalling tactics, and they plan to impose their will at La Cartuja. Spain are 10th in FIFA’s world rankings, while Scotland are 31st. The hosts have won their two Euro 2024 Qualifying matches since then by a combined 13-1, but Scotland lead Group A.  

Thursday’s kickoff at La Cartuja is set for 2:45 p.m. ET. The latest Spain vs. Scotland odds list Spain as -400 favorites (risk $400 to win $100), while Scotland are +1000 underdogs. A draw is priced at +450 and the over/under for total goals is 2.5. Before locking in any Scotland vs. Spain picks, you need to see what proven SportsLine soccer expert Martin Green has to say.

After working in the sports betting industry for several years, Green became a professional sports writer and handicapper and has covered the game worldwide. Since last year’s Men’s World Cup, Green has been profitable in multiple areas on his soccer picks, including the Champions League (+4.10 units), the FA Cup (+3.07) and the EFL Cup (+2.91). He is 12-7 (+4.04) on his Euro 2024 Qualifying picks for SportsLine.

Now, Green has broken down Spain vs. Scotland from every angle and just revealed his picks and predictions. You can head to SportsLine now to see Green’s picks. Here are the betting lines and trends for Scotland vs. Spain:

  • Spain vs. Scotland spread: Spain -1.5 (-120)
  • Spain vs. Scotland over/under: 2.5 goals
  • Spain vs. Scotland money line: Spain -400, Scotland +1000, Draw +450
  • ESP: Spain have 27 goals in 10 matches since the start of the 2022 World Cup
  • SCO: Scotland have outscored opponents 12-1 in the qualifying group stage
  • Spain vs. Scotland picks: See picks at SportsLine

Why you should back Spain

La Roja dominated the first meeting, holding the ball for 75% of the match and completing 86% of their passes, while the Scots were at 63%. The Spaniards also ran roughshod over Cyprus and Georgia, outshooting them by a combined 61-6 (24-3 on target). Alvaro Morata, the team’s top scorer with 33 goals in 66 international appearances, had a hat trick against Cyprus. Ferran Torres got a brace against the Georgians, and Joselu did the same in a 3-0 victory against Norway in the group opener.   

Since the March meeting, La Roja won the 2024 UEFA Nations League, getting past Italy 2-1 in the semifinals before beating Croatia on penalties in June. After the loss to Scotland, Manchester City star midfielder Rodri expressed a lot of frustration with Scotland’s stalling tactics. He and the rest of a Spain attack featuring Morata, Torres, Gavi, Mikel Oyarzabal and Mikel Merino will be pushing hard for goals. The talent edge for Spain is clear, and playing on home soil should make a difference. See which team to pick here.

Why you should back Scotland

The Scots gained a ton of confidence from the victory against the European giants, and Scott McTominay comes into the match in stunning form. The 26-year-old scored both goals in the March meeting. Scotland let Spain hold the ball without getting too close to the net. The Scots had a 9-8 edge in shots and equaled Spain’s three on target, and they were clinical on the counter-attack. McTominay has scored in four of Scotland’s five matches in group play.

McTominay also comes off a stunning display in the Premier League on Saturday, when he scored both goals in stoppage time to carry Manchester United to a 2-1 victory against Brentford. Andrew Robertson can cause a lot of problems for opposing defenses, and he has 53 assists over the past six years with Liverpool. With the likes of Southampton’s Che Adams, Aston Villa’s John McGinn and Queens Park Rangers’ Lyndon Dykes, the Scots have talent and experience. See which team to pick here.

How to make Spain vs. Scotland picks

Green has broken down the Scotland vs. Spain match from every angle and is leaning Under on the goal total. He also has locked in a pair of confident best bets, including one on a goal-scorer, while also offering a full breakdown of this matchup. You can only see his English Premier League picks and analysis at SportsLine.

So who wins Spain vs. Scotland on Thursday, and where does all the betting value lie? Visit SportsLine now to see which wagers in Scotland vs. Spain have all the value, all from the soccer expert on a 12-7 on Euro Qualifying picks, and find out.

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