Scotland’s progress under Craig Levein over the last year is demonstrated by the close nature of bwin’s 3Way football betting market ahead of the team’s clash with Denmark at Hampden Park tomorrow.
Although the Danes are 7/5 favourites to win the match, odds on Scotland success of 7/4 suggest the home side have a good chance of beating a team 40 places above them in 21st in the Fifa World Rankings.
Rewind 12 months, and Scotland were days away from a 3-0 defeat to Sweden and a 0-0 draw with Lithuania.
According to Levein, his side has made significant strides both individually and collectively since then and he expects this trend to continue.
“The mentality of the squad has improved enormously from last season,” he commented.
“We have a stable system the players all fit into and understand – that’s a huge plus.
“Individually each of the players have improved enormously from a year ago; some of them two years ago weren’t even on the radar.
“It all points in the one direction – to us getting better.”
The big question is whether Scotland have made enough of an improvement to win tomorrow, and analysis of their opponents’ recent form suggests the match may have come too soon.
Denmark’s last three matches have all been away from home but they have still managed to secure a draw against Norway, ranked 12 in the world, and beat Slovakia (ranked 29) and Iceland (121).
Furthermore, the last three games between Scotland and Denmark have ended 1-0 to the latter side, with a bet on a repeat of this scoreline available at odds of 31/4.
A successful £25 free bet on Denmark to beat Scotland 1-0, available to new customers who sign up for a bwin account, would return £218.75.
In fact, Scotland haven’t scored against Denmark since 1975 – meaning another good bet could be on the home team failing to hit the back of the net at odds of 37/20.
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