England will be hoping Wales can do them a favour by getting a result against joint Group G leaders Montenegro in Cardiff but Gary Speed’s side are 21/10 outsiders at bet365 to grab their first win of the qualifying competition while Betfred make the visitors 11/8 to stay in the hunt with a crucial victory.
A draw, available with Stan James at 23/10, would help Capello’s charges and that’s not out of the question at the Cardiff City Stadium, where Paddy Power post 7/1 against the hosts ensuring that the deadlock remains unbroken; the latter given increased appeal by Wales’ recent struggle for goals.
Ireland are involved in a three-way tie at the top summit of Group B so a victory against one of their rivals for top spot, Slovakia, would be a huge boost for Giovanni Trapattoni’s men. They’re even money with Sportingbet to land maximum points at the expense of Victor Chandler’s 3/1 underdogs and as the visitors’ last two qualifiers have seen them struggle past Andorra 1-0 twice, the Irish are hard to oppose.
Paddy Power make them 8/1 to notch twice without reply and also offer 21/10 for an Ireland victory ‘to nil’ while Skybet mark 11/2 against West Brom striker Shane Long opening the scoring for the home side.
A victory for Northern Ireland against Serbia at Windsor Park, would certainly keep their hopes of securing second spot in Group C alive but Boylesports quote Nigel Worthington’s men at 12/5 despite their home advantage while the away side are Betdaq’s 2.2 (6/5) favourites to collect all three points.
Wales to draw with Montenegro – 23/10 (Stan James)
Wales v Montenegro t finish 0-0 – 7/1 (Paddy Power)
Ireland to beat Slovakia – evens ()
Northern Ireland to draw with Serbia – 9/4 (Totesport)