From a home nations perspective, the big game of this week’s World Cup qualifying programme is at Hampden Park, where Scotland renew hostilities with Wales.
The hosts are odds-on at 5/6 with Coral to gain revenge for the 2-1 defeat suffer at the hands of Wales back in October while Stan James post 4/1 against Chris Coleman’s side completing a Group A double over the Scots and BetVictor offer 13/5 about an inconclusive affair.
The contest is Gordon Strachan’s first competitive outing as Scotland boss and that in part explains why the hosts are such emphatic favourites but any team with Gareth Bale in their ranks has to be considered a major threat and the Welsh have perhaps been underestimated a touch ahead of this one.
Bet365 quote them at an enticing 11/4 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, they’re given a goal start in Skybet’s handicaps at even money and for more ambitious punters, BetVictor mark 18/1 against Coleman’s troops beating Scotland 2-1 for the second time in the qualifying campaign.
Bale meanwhile, who bagged a double in that Cardiff renewal, will undoubtedly be well backed at 6/1 (Ladbrokes) to put the visitors 1-0 in front while BetVictor price the in-form Spurs man at 15/8 to get on the scoresheet at any stage.