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The big talking points ahead of Scotland's showdown with Slovakia

The Scots sit top of Group B2 and victory for Steve Clarke's side will ensure promotion to the top tier.

Scotland face Slovakia in Trnava on Sunday in the UEFA Nations League.

The Scots sit top of Group B2 and victory for Steve Clarke's side will ensure promotion to the top tier.

Here are the talking points ahead of Sunday's game.

Back down to earth

Both teams qualified for Euro 2020 on Thursday after 120 minutes of action away from home, Slovakia beating Northern Ireland 2-1 while Scotland came through their penalty shoot-out in Serbia. Both teams celebrated in the aftermath and will likely be much-changed for Sunday's game.

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One effect of the pandemic is that the World Cup qualification process effectively began for Scotland before they sealed their Euro 2020 spot. Victory in Trnava will seal top place in Nations League Group B2 ahead of Wednesday's final game in Israel. Not only could that offer them a potential alternative route to the World Cup finals in 2022 but also promotion to the top tier and an enhanced chance of getting to the Euro 2024 play-offs if needed.

Changes expected

Lyndon Dykes is suspended
Lyndon Dykes is suspended (Steve Welsh/PA)

Scotland boss Steve Clarke has admitted he will make changes following Thursday's exertions with Andy Robertson the most doubtful of his fitness concerns. One definite change will be upfront as Lyndon Dykes is suspended. Oli McBurnie is likely to get the chance to break his international duck after netting in the shoot-out in Belgrade.

Change at the helm

Slovakia head coach Stefan Tarkovic
Slovakia head coach Stefan Tarkovic (Liam McBurney/PA)

Slovakia are under new management since losing 1-0 at Hampden last month. Pavel Hapal had led Slovakia to the Euro 2020 play-off finals days earlier but defeat in Glasgow followed by a 3-2 loss against Israel prompted the Slovakian football authorities to make a change. Stefan Tarkovic, previously an assistant at Euro 2016, subsequently led the team to victory in Belfast and Slovakia will hope the new manager bounce continues.

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Tuesday's key events


DIVING
· Team GB duo Jack Laugher - silver medallist in Rio - and James Heatly take part in the men's 3m springboard semi-final (2am), and will hope to qualify for the final later in the day (7am)

ATHLETICS
· Two Britons are involved in the women's long jump final, but Abigail Irozuru and Jazmin Sawyers have their work cut out to get a spot on the podium (2.50am)
· Norwegian Karsten Warholm, who broke the world record just last month, goes for gold in the men's 400m hurdles final. USA's Rai Benjamin is expected to be his main challenger (4.20am)
· Great Britain have three representatives in the final of the women's 800m, with Jemma Reekie having perhaps the best chance of a medal (1.25pm)
· A mouth-watering women's 200m final sees Elaine Thompson-Herah go for the prestigious sprint double after claiming the 100m crown. Compatriot Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Namibia's Christine Mboma and USA's Gabrielle Thomas are expected to be her main competitors (1.50pm)

SAILING
· The rescheduled women's skiff 49er FX (4.33am) and men's skiff 49er (5.33am) come to their conclusion, with Team GB involved in both medal races
· Defending champion Giles Scott bids for a second successive gold in the Finn class medal race (6.33am)
· There is another medal chance for Team GB in the mixed Nacra 17 medal race (7.33am)

ARTISTIC GYMNASTICS
· Team GB's Joe Fraser takes part in the parallel bars final, kicking off the final day of artistic gymnastics (9am)
· USA superstar Simone Biles, who has been forced to pull out of all of her finals so far, is on the starting list for the beam final as she bids for a fifth Olympic gold (9.50am)

FOOTBALL
· The men's semi-finals take place, with Mexico taking on Brazil first up (9am)
· The winner of that first semi-final will face either hosts Japan or Spain (2pm)

CYCLING
· Laura Kenny will look to win a third straight Olympic team pursuit gold medal. Team GB take on United States in their heat (7.44am), with the gold medal race later that day (9.26am)
· Laura's husband and fellow Olympic legend Jason Kenny will also look to continue his huge success in the men's team sprint - an event he has won gold in at every Games since 2008. Team GB will first need to get through the men's qualifying (7.58am), with the gold medal race ending the session (9.44am)

BOXING
· Pat McCormack will be looking to achieve his dream of Olympic gold when he faces Cuba's Roniel Iglesias (11.05am)

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