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Scotland v Wales: Both sides set to gain useless point

| 10.03.2013

As both teams head into this Hampden Park clash with faint World Cup qualification hopes, the 12/5 odds regarding the draw look the best way to go in match betting markets.

Scotland are 5/6 favourites to do the job on their own patch, in the aftermath of two consecutive friendly victories since their last Group A outing in October of last year.

But they should be approached with caution, especially in light of Chris Coleman’s declaration that Gareth Bale will be fit to face them.

Bale, a 6/1 shot to open the scoring, hit a brace in the reverse fixture earlier in the group stage, and will be integral to the visitors’ chances in this tie too.

Another Welsh triumph is priced at 10/3, but in all honesty, they may be content with a point against a home side that will be eager to impress in Gordon Strachan’s first competitive game in charge.

That is not to say a boring game is expected to ensue however, with recent trends in matches involving these two suggesting quite the contrary.

Indeed, three or more goals have emanated from the past four meetings of the pair, with both sides finding the net on half of these occasions.

It is 1/1 that both defences are breached, whilst the score draw makes significant appeal at 7/2.

Also, with tensions sure to be high in this clash of British rivals, there would look to be chances that a penalty will be awarded, as it was the last time the teams met.

2/1 is the price regarding a successful conversion of a spot-kick, and either team can be backed to miss from 12 yards at 9/1.

Meanwhile, in addition to Bale, there does seem to be a healthy array of potential scorers in the match, across both squads.

Scotland’s Steven Fletcher is 5/1 favourite to break the deadlock, as he looks to notch for the first time since ending his exile from international football, and Jordan Rhodes is 6/1 to build on two goals in his past two games with the opener.

For Wales, Sam Vokes came off the bench to bag in his last outing, and the giant striker could prove overpriced at 11/1 to bag last in the match.

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



John Klee