To warm up for their European Championship qualifiers, Scotland and Northern Ireland contest a friendly at Hampden Park and to jazz up this slightly watered down battle of Britain, Ladbrokes are on hand.
The firm are enhancing the Scots to prevail in a match where both teams find the net from 7/2, out to 9/2.
There is ample reason to believe that this eventuality will occur too.
Both sides have made impressive starts to their Euro 2016 campaigns and since Gordon Strachan took the Scotland job the Tartan Army have generally had plenty to shout about at Hampden Park.
Before England soured the mood slightly by defeating them 3-1 in a friendly last time out, both the Scots’ home qualifiers had returned maximum points against Georgia and the Republic of Ireland respectively.
In fact, England joined world champions Germany as the only side to have beaten Strachan’s men in 11 competitive and friendly fixtures combined, with six wins arriving during that run.
It’s now eight consecutive games in which Scotland have found their way onto the scoresheet as well.
The odds certainly favour a Scotland victory at 8/11 and although Michael O’Neill’s charges are 4/1 underdogs their qualifying form means they should be good for a goal at least.
Wins in Hungary and Greece for Northern Ireland have put the cat firmly amongst the pigeons in Group F, where only top-placed Romania have bettered them to date.
Boding well for this bet is the form of Norwich striker Karl Lafferty for the Boys in Green and White.
Lafferty has notched in three of his country’s four qualifiers and the Canaries frontman is the subject of a handsome-looking first goalscorer boost, from 7/1 to 10/1 for the match.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.
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