With a clutch of international matches taking centre stage over the weekend, the bookies have released their odds in time for punters to have a good study, and no price stands out more than Scotland’s 11/10 (Partybets) to win in Cyprus on Friday evening – a match that is being shown live on BBC2.
One of the main reasons punters need to respect such odds are simple: the Cypriots have only won one of their last 12 matches, unlike Craig Levein’s men who tasted victory six times in their last 10 outings. With that in mind, it is not surprising to learn that punters have steamed into the visitor’s scoring twice or more this evening at Sportingbet’s 6/4.
Punters in a similar mindset may alternatively seek a profit in the correct score markets where Paddy Power offer 8/1 for a 2-1 away win, while Stan James post 10/1 for a more stress-free 2-0 victory. On a similar theme, Skybet quote a best price of 5/2 for Scotland to win this ‘to nil’, while a dominant display may see them in front at the end of both halves at Boylesports’ 5/2.
Should Levein’s troops take the match by the scruff of the neck, then some investors may punt them to win despite allowing the hosts a one-goal start at bet365’s massive 3/1, though others may opt for Scotland to open the scoring at Betfred’s juicy 10/11. Additionally, shout 5/2 for Scotland to score their first goal before the 27th minute, where Jordan Rhodes is 6/1 (Totesport) to break the deadlock, which in turn could see them in front during the break at Partybets’ 9/5.
While it is easy to get carried away with a tidy Scottish victory to kick the weekend off in style, some punters may choose to hedge their bets via a draw at Ladbrokes’ 23/10, where a 1-1 outcome is chalked at 6.5 (11/2) with Betdaq.