As they prepare to face the United States in the early hours of Sunday morning, it’s worth noting that Scotland’s only recent defeat was a 3-1 reverse at the hands of world champions Spain, hardly a result which warrants the donning of sackcloth and ashes. Yet they kick off against a strong USA side priced as BetVictor’s lengthy-looking 7/2 underdogs.
Of course, these odds have much to do with the States’ recent form (they’ve won their last four, including an impressive 1-0 victory over Italy), hence Coral install them as their overwhelming 4/5 jollies, although Betfred offer the draw at a tempting 13/5. Punters contemplating backing the stalemate may also fancy taking a look at Boylesports’ 6/5 for Scotland to win when handed a one goal start.
While ‘soccer’ has gradually taken hold across the USA, particularly in its universities, the nation’s domestic league still grapples to capture Americans’ imagination. Despite this, however, the US has produced some outstanding players in recent seasons. It could be argued than Landon Donovan, currently mulling over a return to Everton, is one of the best and the big striker is 6/1 with Paddy Power to open the scoring on Sunday. Scotland’s Kenny Miller is 8/1 (William Hill) in the same market.
Scottish fans appear convinced we’re in for a tight encounter, a sense which explains the popularity of Stan James’s 4/5 odds about the fixture yielding fewer than 2.5 goals. In similar vein, bet365 chalk 5/6 about the friendly’s total goal minutes being less than 115.
In other markets, Boylesports post an attractive-looking 17/10 against Scotland opening the scoring and given that the Scots’ three recent wins have been by a one goal margin, Skybet’s 13/2 marked in favour of them recording another victory by a single goal margin is surely worthy of further consideration.
Elsewhere, Ladbrokes post an interesting 7/2 against Scotland leading at the hour mark, while once again, the correct score markets have been particularly active. Here, Coral’s 13/2 chalked against a 1-1 outcome has proved the market’s most popular result. Further down the list is Paddy Power’s 12/1 odds posted against a 1-0 Scottish success.