Scotland Under-21s’ opening-day draw against Bulgaria means they are already playing catch-up in their 2013 European U21 Championship qualifying group, but what better opportunity to bounce back than a match against Luxembourg?
Luxembourg’s Under-21s sit bottom of Group 10, in which the Netherlands are setting the early pace with two wins from two. If Scotland are to catch the Dutch side, then they must look to take three points and rack up a few goals to improve their goal difference.
Odds of 5/4 are available at bwin.com for more than 3.5 goals in the game and with the Netherlands winning 4-0 when they hosted Luxembourg, Scotland should see four goals as an achievable target.
Add to that the fact that Luxembourg have conceded four or more in all of their matches so far in 2011 and a big win seems inevitable.
With a 0-0 home draw against Bulgaria in their last qualifier, however, Scotland may be doing well to pick up just the three goals, so a bet at 1/2 for over 2.5 goals looks a safe one.
The Scots are 23/100 favourites for this one and are expected by everyone, especially manager Billy Stark, to pick up the three points.
But punters who believe an upset is on the cards can back Luxembourg at 9/1. New customers who use their free £25 bet on this result would pick up £250 if Luxembourg do indeed pull off a shock.
A draw is priced at 17/4 and is a little more likely than a Luxembourg win, should Scotland fail to come out victorious.
Finally, odds of 19/20 are on offer for both teams to score in the match. Given Scotland’s inconsistent defending at times, a big Scotland win, but with a Luxembourg goal, seems very possible.
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