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Wales v Scotland: Tight affair in prospect as mediocre sides clash

| 12.10.2012

Scotland travel to the Cardiff City Stadium to meet Wales, in a tie where the managers of either nation find themselves under increasing pressure.

Craig Levein may find himself under the most intense scrutiny, and his visiting side are 8/5 to claim the first victory of their World Cup qualifying campaign.

They have avoided defeat up to this point however, with two draws emanating from home fixtures with Serbia and Macedonia so far.

The draw would likely be a more acceptable result for the away side in this tie, and with little to choose between the teams, it could be worth investment at 2/1.

Those believing Wales are set for a first win under Chris Coleman’s stewardship meanwhile, can have 15/8 about a home win.

Wales have lost all five matches under Coleman so far, with qualifiers against Belgium and Serbia included in that, but this arguably represents their best chance of victory yet.

If they are to emerge with all three points though, it appears unlikely that they will do so without conceding.

The Welsh have been breached eight times in just two qualifying matches, and therefore the 5/6 odds about both teams scoring in the match look appealing.

Some will take interest in the 11/2 odds regarding a Welsh win in which they concede meanwhile, whilst Scotland are 9/2 to win a game in which both teams notch.

It is 3/1 concerning the possibility of a score draw.

In terms of potential goalscorers in the game, in-form Premier League players look the most likely sources for either side.

For Wales, Gareth Bale enjoys joint-favouritism at 6/1 to open the scoring, whilst he is 4/1 to hit the net in a home win.

Scotland’s Steven Fletcher shares that first scorer price after earning his first recall to the squad in two years, and he is also 4/1 to notch in an away win.

He’s hit five goals in as many Premier League starts for Sunderland, and could be well worth a punt to carry his club form onto the international stage.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee