Chris Coleman takes charge of Wales for the first time while Craig Bellamy will wear the captain’s armband as Costa Rica arrive at the Cardiff City Stadium for the Gary Speed memorial match and the pair can lead their side to victory in what is sure to be an emotional night.
Totesport make the Welsh 8/11 to prevail and the formbook backs up that price, Wales having won four of their last five and as Costa Rica’s last six defeats have also seen the Central American outfit fail to score, a home win ‘to nil’, at 6/4 with Blue Square, could be on the cards.
Scotland are the only home nation with an away fixture but that shouldn’t deter punters from backing Craig Levein’s well-organised team at a tempting 3/1 via BetVictor to get the better of Slovenia. Obviously, at that price the visitors are a risk but the improving Scots have lost just once in six outings and that came against world champions Spain, so there’s every possibility that they can shade this one.
In Michael O’Neill’s first game at the helm, Northern Ireland entertain Norway and like Scotland they could upset the odds, Coral pricing O’Neill at 23/10 to make a winning start. In Dublin meanwhile, Ireland are Betfred’s 13/10 favourites as they host Czech Republic and with boss Giovanni Trapattoni having selected something approaching his strongest team, that price represents decent value.