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Scotland make the short trip south to Cardiff on Friday to take on Wales in their Group A World Cup qualifier, with the bookies seemingly stumped on who they fancy for the victory.
Paddy Power rate both nations at 13/8 in the win market, while the draw is a best price of 9/4.
Scotland have been boosted by the return of arguably the Premier League’s in-form player Steven Fletcher as well as his namesake, Darren. However, this good news has been slightly tempered by Jordan Rhodes’ withdrawal through injury and Steven Naismith’s suspension.
Nevertheless the Scots look value at prices up to 17/10, especially when you look at the Group A table which tells you that while they have four points, Wales sit rock bottom on 0.
The hosts could be without talisman Gareth Bale on Friday. That would leave them looking very thin on the ground with Craig Bellamy, James Collins and Neil Taylor already missing and when you take into account manager Chris Coleman’s poor national team record it’s hard not to oppose the Welsh.
Elsewhere, Ireland host Germany in Dublin with Giovanni Trapattoni facing a long-list of injury absentees. James McClean, Glenn Whelan and Sean St Ledger have all been ruled out, while Richard Dunne and Kevin Doyle were already unavailable when the squad was named.
Germany, who are 4/9 for the victory, may have won both their opening qualifiers but they failed to convince in either. The Germans don’t enjoy a great record against Ireland either with two wins apiece and three draws so there could be reason to back the hosts in the draw-no-bet market at 5′s.
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