A huge home nations clash takes place at Hampden Park tonight when Scotland host Wales – but which players are likely to be on the scoresheet?
With 11 goals in 11 games, there is no doubt that Gareth Bale is in great form. The Tottenham Hotspur star has scored four of Wales’ five goals this season and if his side are going to get on the scoresheet at Hampden Park then Bale is the man to back. The odds are 7/5 for the ex-Southampton man to find the back of the net at any point on Friday night, while 5/1 is available for him to score the last goal, as he did when his side beat the Scots 2-1 in October.
The Scots will be hoping to avoid further embarrassment in this group after a nightmare start which sees them sitting bottom with just two points from four games. Manager Craig Levein is now ex-manager Craig Levein and the popular choice Gordon Strachan will be keen to get off to a good start in his first competitive, and his side are priced at 39/50 to do so.
It was well documented that Steven Fletcher and Levein did not get on, so can the Sunderland striker forget his old boss and get his new gaffer’s tenure off to a flyer? The odds are 9/2 for Fletcher to score the first goal of Strachan’s first competitive match (6/5 to net anytime) and having scored in a third of all his matches this season, the Premier League star has shown he knows the way to goal.
This Scottish side is well aware, however, that they cannot rely on one man and Strachan will be looking for other key members of his squad to step up and finish some chances. Jordan Rhodes could be one of those to watch as his 23 goals this season have been one of few positives for his club Blackburn.
Should he score his fourth goal for his country at any point on Friday, you’ll want to make the most of the 7/5 odds for him to do so (5/1 first) and new customers to bwin.com could benefit more than most with their free £20 bet, one which could see them win £48 if the young striker scores.
And an outside contender to get on the scoresheet is Charlie Mulgrew, the man who scored as Scotland gave their new manager a 1-0 win over Estonia in a friendly last month. The Celtic defender even scored for his club last week and is priced at a tempting 5/1 to find the target again this weekend (18/1 first).
One last thing that everyone should look out for on Friday is the ongoing feud between Charlie Adam and the in-form Bale. The pair famously don’t get on after the Scot has been at fault for a couple of Bale’s injuries over the years. You already know the odds on Bale to get on the scoresheet, but odds of 4/1 are on offer for Adam to have the last laugh and get a goal himself. You never know…