While the battle between Labour and the Conservatives dominated the focus in the early part of the week, attention on both sides of the border now turns to another historic battle – Scotland v England.
The pair face off at Hampden Park on Saturday evening, in one of five games we’ve focused on for the second of our daily World Cup Qualifying accas, at odds of just over 58/1.
So, what do we have for you?
Scotland v England – England to Win @ 4/6
The Three Lions have won 15 of their last 16 qualification games, and chalked up a resounding 3-0 victory against Gordon Strachan’s men back in November. This one might be a tad closer, with the Scots having home advantage, but England – who breezed past Lithuania last time out –have more than enough quality to win this.
Montenegro v Armenia – Over 2.5 Goals @ 23/20
This pair played out a five-goal thriller in Yerevan in the reverse fixture, with Armenia coming from 2-0 down to win 3-2. And that kind of net-bulging action is something we’ve come to expect from both of these sides.
Four of Montenegro’s last five games have produced three goals or more, and that figure is the same for the visitors. So odds-against for a repeat of that feat looks generous.
Poland v Romania – Half-Time/Full-Time: Poland/Poland @ 29/20
The Poles romped to a 3-0 victory in Bucharest last time the sides met, and a wider look at Christoph Daum’s men shows the visitors are in pretty dire straits. In fact, they haven’t scored in any of their last four games, including a 0-0 draw with lowly Kazakhstan.
As for Poland, four of their last five victories have seen Bialo-czerwony ahead by half-time. So we like them to lead at the interval and cruise to victory.
Azerbaijan v Northern Ireland – Draw @ 19/10
Norn Iron have drawn four of their last eight away games, while Robert Prosinecki’s side have shared the spoils in four of their past 10 competitive fixtures. With Milli continuing to play out a number of tight encounters recently, we don’t see anything separating this pair in Baku on Saturday evening.
Lithuania v Slovakia – Both Teams to Score @ 13/10
Edgaras Jankauskas’ side have enjoyed some happy times at home, netting in five of their last six at home, but they’ve also conceded nine goals in their last three matches. Slovakia pose a real threat, as they showed in a 3-1 victory at Malta in their last game. Expect both teams to register in Vilnius.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing