Scotland will be looking for Spain to do them a favour over in Prague, where the Group I leaders and European champions tackle Czech Republic. Vicente del Bosque’s troops have already booked their place at next year’s Euro 2012 final having won all six of their qualifiers but if they were to slip up in the Stadion Letna they would put a huge dent in Scotland’s hopes of pipping the Czechs to second spot.
However, with all of the pressure on the hosts, the visitors can play the kind of free-flowing, passing football readily associated with Barcelona and del Bosque’s charges have to be fancied to put the home side to the sword.
David Villa, now his country’s all-time top scorer, struck twice in the reverse fixture in Granada and also helped himself to another double in Spain’s last qualifier, against Liechtenstein so he’s the first scorer pick at 4/1 courtesy of Sportingbet. Bet365 meanwhile, mark 5/1 against the Barca man bagging another brace.
In Group D, a victory for France is vital as they tackle Albania in Paris and the hosts are emphatic favourites at 1/9 with . The visitors have struggled on the road and indeed their last away match ended in a defeat to Luxembourg so it’s hard to see past Laurent Blanc’s team, who are a banker at 4/9 (William Hill) to prevail ‘to nil’ and also at 6/5 when giving away a two-goal start in Paddy Power’s handicaps.