Scotland vs Slovenia: What time is the World Cup qualifier, what TV channel is it on, and can Gordon Strachan's side resurrect their campaign to reach Russia 2018?

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Scotland are chasing their second win of the qualifying stage at home to Slovenia - AFP or licensors

What is it?

It's the World Cup qualifier between Scotland and Slovenia, in Uefa qualifying group F. The fifth match of 10.

When is it?

The game takes place on Sunday, March 26.

Where is it?

Unlike the midweek friendly against Canada, which took place at Hibernian's Easter Road ground in Edinburgh, this match will be taking place at the altogether more cavernous Hampden Park, Glasgow.

What TV channel is it on?

Sky Sports 1 are broadcasting the game live.

What's at stake?

Scotland's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup in Russia really can't handle another defeat. Certainly, the home fixtures need to produce wins from here on in.

Equally, if Slovenia want to keep the chasing pack at bay and put pressure on group-toppers England – with whom they drew 0-0 back in October – they will need to bring Scotland's campaign to an end with a win on Sunday night.

Team news

Scotland expect to make several changes from the side who endured a disappointing draw with Canada last time out, with coach Mark McGhee happy that the friendly had fulfilled its purpose ahead of this home qualifier.

Ikechi Anya will continue to deputise at right-back, while midweek debutant Tom Cairney is likely to step out of the starting line-up.

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Slovenia claimed a 0-0 draw with England in a home qualifier in October Credit: Michael Regan/The FA via Getty Images

Scotland XI (probable [4-2-3-1]): Marshall; Anya, Martin, Mulgrew, Wallace; D Fletcher, Fraser; Snodgrass, Naismith, Forrest; S Fletcher.

What are they saying?

Gordon Strachan, Scotland manager

Gordon Strachan is running out of games to push Scotland towards qualification Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty 

It was one of our better decisions to have a game [against Canada earlier this week].

It has cleared up a lot of things, it has helped a lot of players, but it has helped the coaching staff in particular to where we are going on Sunday. We learned quite a few things.

It's not been a great night, it won't be memorable in anyone's minds at the end of careers but it was invaluable to me to use the information we collected for Sunday.

Ikechi Anya, Scotland player

Ikechi Anya (right) celebrates Scotland's equaliser against Canada with debutant teammate Tom Cairney Credit: Ian MacNicol/Getty

With Gordon Strachan, I don't think personal confidence is anything to worry about. He gives us lots of confidence as an individual and collective and all of us are full of confidence.

The Slovenia game are the games you look forward to. You enjoy the pressure. I am confident that we can get the three points and set us up for the game in June against England.

What are the betting odds?

  • Scotland to win: 13/10
  • Draw: 2/1
  • Slovenia to win: 23/10

Our prediction

Scotland will huff and they'll puff and they'll blow it by conceding two late goals on the break.

Scotland 0-2 Slovenia

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