England and Scotland strikers get boosted first-scorer odds

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The Ladbrokes traders must have cast a key eye over the Mix n Match XI that the news team released in the lead up to Scotland’s friendly with England, as the two men picked to lead the combi-side’s line are handed a boost to score the first goal at Celtic Park.

Wayne Rooney was a 9/2 shot to get the scoreboard rolling when he leads the Three Lions out for his 101st cap, but can now be backed at 11/2, while Evertonian Steven Naismith is out to 9/1 from 8s to prove the game’s catalyst.

Here’s why you should back one, t’other or both:

Rooney – 11/2 for the first goal

In capping his milestone appearance with a goal from the spot against Slovenia, Rooney bagged his seventh strike of the season for club and country and his fourth deadlock-breaker albeit with Slovenia strike landing thanks to Jordan Henderson’s own goal.

The Manchester United man has now located the onion bag in three straight internationals for Roy Hodgson and in four of England’s current five-game winning streak.

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Naismith – 9/1 for the first goal

Despite having a relatively hot season in front of goal, none of Naismith’s six strikes for either Everton or Scotland have been the first of the game, hence his far loftier comparable price than his Mix n Match strike partner.

Naismith-17-11-14

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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