The Cardiff City Stadium plays host to Wales against Scotland on Friday evening, as the two struggling international sides aim to make some progress in World Cup qualifying Group A.
Neither side is clear favourite to win the match with Wales being available at 15/8, Scotland at 17/10, and the draw at 9/4. All odds quoted are from Bet Victor.
Wales sit bottom of Group A with no points and having conceded eight goals in their opening two matches. Chris Coleman’s team are badly out of form, having lost their last five matches. They have scored only one goal in those five matches, a fact not helped by the loss of Craig Bellamy to injury. However, Gareth Bale may feature despite a heel injury that has kept him out of training so far this week.
Scotland started their qualifying campaign with two dire performances at Hampden that yielded just two points. After the second match against Macedonia, boss Craig Levein refused to accept criticism of his team selection or tactics. However since then he has made a monumental u-turn in selecting the formerly-exiled Steven Fletcher, as well as Celtic striker Kris Commons, who has not played for Scotland in over a year. With Jordan Rhodes out through injury, you would have to think Levein would be mad not to have Fletcher in the starting eleven, but frankly, second-guessing Levein’s teams is almost impossible.
Given Wales’ poor form this has to be viewed as a winnable game for Scotland, as long as Levein doesn’t resort to negative, stifling tactics. The Scotland boss must set his team out to win, rather than be scared not to lose. If Fletcher does play from the start then he must be worth a few quid in the first goalscorer market, as would a 1-0 Scotland victory. The scorecast bet at 25/1 with Paddy Power completes the betting plan.
Steve Fletcher FGS – 13/2 with Stan James
Scotland 1-0 correct score – 13/2 with Ladbrokes
Fletcher / Scotland 1-0 FGS scorecast – 25/1 with Paddy Power