Steve Clarke’s men secured back-to-back wins last week, beating Ukraine and Ireland at Hampden Park to claim pole position and win the group.
To do this, Scotland only need one point to confirm top spot which earns them promotion to League A. More importantly, it would secure a Pot 2 ranking for Euro 2024 qualifiers and confirm a place for the play-offs if the team did not qualify for the tournament. the qualifying phase.
They will face a Ukrainian XI which will intrigue manager Oleksandr Petrakov having made 11 changes for the weekend’s 5-0 win over Armenia.
What: UEFA Nations League Group B 1
Where: Stadion Cracovi im. Jozefa Pilsudskiego, Krakow, Poland
When: Tuesday, September 26. Kick off 7:45 p.m.
Arbitrator: Anastasios Sidiropoulos (Greece)
The crucial qualifier is on subscription service Premier Sports 1. The broadcaster owns the rights to the Nations League and Euro 2024 qualifier. Match coverage starts at 7pm.
It was only last week that Scotland put on one of their most dominant and assured performances under Steve Clarke and years before him when they beat Ukraine 3-0 at Mount Florida. It took until the second half for the home side to slip past John McGinn before deservedly winning 3-0 with Lyndon Dykes coming off the bench to score twice.
Scotland have been rocked by more injuries since the game against Ireland. Kieran Tierney and Scott McKenna have left the team. The former suffered a blow to the head, while the former Aberdeen centre-back has a knee problem. Scott McTominay is suspended for the match, meaning the trio join Nathan Patterson, Andy Robertson, Grant Hanley and John Souttar as unavailable. Aaron Hickey remains with the squad after being replaced by Anthony Ralston as a “precaution”. Clarke called Hearts duo Stephen Kingsley and Barrie McKay to the team.
Ukraine are without midfielder Viktor Kovalenko.
The Euro 2024 qualifying draw will take place on Sunday, October 9.
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