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Bet on Northern Ireland vs Scotland – Scots a great price at 5/4

| 09.02.2011

Scotland play their first of three consecutive Carling Home Nations games in Dublin on Wednesday night, and the Scots are a great price to continue their unbeaten run against Northern Ireland.

It’s been four games since Northern Ireland last beat Scotland, and they have only managed one win in seven ties with the Scots – at 5/4 Scotland are the pick of Wednesday night’s games.

Match Odds

Northern Ireland’s long list of absentees just adds weight to the argument that Scotland provide excellent value, and Nigel Worthington will have to field a young side against Scotland.

Northern Ireland are 7/4 to beat Scotland but are without Aaron Hughes, Maik Taylor, Jonny Evans, Chris Brunt, George McCartney, Warren Feeney and others out, Worthington has just a 17-man squad to pick from.

Scotland are without Darren Fletcher, Lee McCulloch and Graham Dorrans, but can boast a strong squad and are a great bet at 12/5 to win to nil.

Total Goals

Northern Ireland have only managed four goals in seven games against Scotland and have scored just three goals in their last eleven games, leaving Scotland a great price at 6/4 to keep a clean sheet.

The Scots managed to put two past the World Champions Spain in October, and have scored five goals in their last two games suggesting the 8/1 for a 2-0 Scottish win looks like plenty of value.

Northern Ireland’s last three games have all finished in draws, and if they are to take anything from this game, a point would be the best they can get and the 0-0 draw is priced at 7/1.

Historically this game hasn’t produced too many goals – just 11 in seven games – and backing under 2.5 goals at 4/7 would produce a healthy return, if not an extravagant one.

A £25 stake on Scotland winning 3-0 would return £650. New customers can sign up here for a free bet worth £25.



Robbie Morris

Robbie studied sports journalism at the University of Gloucestershire, an establishment chosen for its proximity to Cheltenham racecourse, where he was a season ticket holder. Upon graduation, Robbie was a contributor to GolfPunk, a national magazine aimed at ridding golf of its traditionalist image, before joining the news.ladbrokes team.