iBet: Wales’ confidence must be at rock bottom

Gareth Purnell

World Cup Qualifiers

Wales v Scotland, Friday, kick off 7.45pm

Lay Wales at 1.98/1 with Betfair

Back Stephen Fletcher to score at any time at 9/4 with Stan James

Although Wales have a pretty good record against the Scots in recent years, the last time they met they lost 3-1 and their confidence must be at rock bottom after their disastrous 6-1 drubbing at the hands of Serbia last time out. Worryingly Serbia didn’t even have to play that well – Wales were a mess at the back and their consolation goal was from their only shot on target. And now Chris Coleman has to contend with injuries to key men. The loss of Craig Bellamy to a knee problem is massive and he also has to make do without his first and second choice goalkeepers, left back Neil Taylor and centre back James Collins, who is suspended. We can only guess why Coleman has stripped Aaron Ramsey of the captaincy, but it doesn’t suggest a happy camp does it? Meanwhile, all the news coming from the Scottish squad seems positive. Manager Craig Levein has made up with in-form Premier League striker Steven Fletcher, who looks sure to start, and the return of skipper Darren Fletcher in midfield is a major bonus. Coleman has presided over four straight defeats since taking over a Welsh team that seems to be finding it difficult to shake off the Gary Speed tragedy. It probably won’t be pretty, but Scotland will rarely get a better chance to win on Welsh soil.


The game has all the hallmarks of a feisty affair and with ten points awarded for each yellow card and 25 for a red, Paddy Power go 4/1 that there will be exactly 40 points in this market, and 4/6 that there will be more.

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