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Wales vs Scotland – Speed admits defeat with team selection

| 25.05.2011

The Nations Cup is being played under the shadow of the weekend’s Champions League and play-off finals and Gary Speed’s decision has undermined the game further.

The Welsh boss is resting the few Premier League stars in his squad for their game with Northern Ireland on Friday, and Scotland look the pick of the day’s betting at 11/10 to beat Wales.

Match Odds

Wales are on a three-match winning streak against Scotland and are yet to concede a goal in that run, but with the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Craig Bellamy, James Collins and the injured David Edwards missing out, punters should steer clear of the 5/2 for Wales to win.

Scotland have named Kenny Miller and Ross McCormack up front with Steven Naismith, Scott Brown, Charlie Adam and James Morrison filling the midfield, and the Scottish team looks a side that can register their first win over Wales since 1977.

The two sides have competed three times since 1977 and the best Scotland have managed is one draw, however with Gary Speed admitting defeat with his team selection, Scotland are a great bet to win.

Total Goals

While Scotland look on course for victory, there’s nothing to suggest there can’t be goals in this game and new Wales captain Robert Earnshaw will be desperate to find the back of the net and is 7/1 to get the first goal.

In the 104 meetings between the two Scotland (238) have scored twice as many goals as Wales (119) and a 2-1 win for Scotland is priced at 8/1.

Charlie Adam is 5/2 to score at any time while Kenny Miller is the most fancied player on both sides to score at 11/8.

Scotland are a huge 10/1 to come from behind and win but over 2.5 goals looks the better bet at 6/5.

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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.