Don’t miss Scotland take on Spain in the 2024 Euro qualifying double-header at Hampden Park. After an encouraging 3-0 victory over bottom seeds Cyprus, Scotland is feeling confident. Want to know the top talking points ahead of the match with La Roja? Read on!
An unusually good start to a qualifying campaign
Scotland won their first opening day Euro qualifying match since 2006 with a powerful 3-0 victory over Cyprus. The top-seeded Spanish will be tougher opponents, but a positive result would offer more encouragement going into June’s double-header against Norway and Georgia.
Clarke started with a 3-4-3 formation with attacking midfielders Stuart Armstrong and McGinn supporting Che Adams.
Callum McGregor is a fixture in the holding midfield area so if there is any change to the more defensive-minded playmakers then it likely that Ryan Jack will make way for McTominay.
Che Adams’ replacement and Dykes’ opportunity
Clarke has to replace Che Adams after he got a calf knock on the Cyprus match. Hearts striker Lawrence Shankland is in the squad, but Clarke is more likely to use Jacob Brown or Lyndon Dykes instead.
Dykes, recently recovered from a debilitating bout of pneumonia, took over from Adams on Saturday and is likely to start against Spain.
The QPR striker has scored eight times in 27 international games, including winners against the likes of Slovakia, Moldova, and Austria. A goal against the Spanish would endear him further to the Tartan Army.
Does Clarke play three at the back again?
Defense will be key to a positive result against Spain. Clarke played three center-backs against Cyprus: Ryan Porteous, Grant Hanley, and Kieran Tierney, which allowed him to use the Arsenal defender along with Captain Andrew Robertson. Will Clarke revert to a back four against Spain? If so, will that include Tierney as one of the two center-backs?
Moreover, will Clarke be tempted to replace the youngest member of the squad, 20-year-old Aaron Hickey, who had a fine game at right-back against Cyprus, with Nathan Patterson, who was his replacement after 79 minutes on Saturday?
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