There’s a big World Cup Qualifying Group A game on the cards at Cardiff City Stadium in Wales on Fri. Oct. 12 when Wales hosts Scotland. Wales is in desperate need of points as they sit at the bottom of the group with no points after losing their first two games. If they lose this match they may almost be eliminated already with Serbia, Belgium, Croatia, and Macedonia also in the group. Scotland could also use the points as they sit in fourth place with two draws.
Bet365.com gives 9/5 for a Wales win and 6/4 for a Scottish win (which is our tip).
The last time these two teams met was in May of 2011 and Scotland left Wales with a 3-1 win. But two years before that, Wales handed the Scots a 3-0 defeat. In all, Wales has lost their last five internationals while Scotland has just one win to go along with a loss and three draws. Wales was beaten 2-0 at home by Belgium in their first group match and were then hammered 6-1 in Serbia. Scotland drew 0-0 at home with Serbia in their opening game and then dropped two more points at home with a 1-1 draw against Macedonia.
Wales is one of the world’s weaker teams, but always gets up for games against fellow British opponents. Scotland manager Craig Levien knows that his team has to earn all three points though since they’ve already dropped four at home. Wales’ hopes will be pinned on Tottenham Hotspur’s 23-year-old Gareth Bale, who is arguably one of the best football players on the globe. He has a lot of speed and accuracy and Scotland will have to keep an eye on him.
Wales’ manager Chris Coleman will have to warn his players against Scotland’s Steven Fletcher as he has five goals in his past six games. The 25-yeear-old Sunderland striker will be counted on to lead the attack. Another Fletcher should also be in the line-up for Scotland as Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher returns after missing about a year of action due to illness. The Scotland captain has been out with a serious bowel condition. In addition, Scott Brown of Celtic is in the squad after missing Scotland’s first two qualifiers.
Coleman still hasn’t won a game with Wales since taking over from the late Gary Speed four games ago. In fact, the team has scored just one goal with Coleman in charge and have allowed 13 in their past five contests. The country hasn’t qualified for a major tournament since way back in 1958 when they played in the World Cup and things don’t look too good this time around either. No Wales manager has ever lost his first five games in charge, but Coleman could very well be the first.
Scotland’s problem is a lack of goal scoring since they’ve managed just six in the past five matches and they’ve drawn too many games. However, they may need just one goal on Friday to beat Wales. Look for Scotland to come away from Cardiff with all three points to keep themselves in the race in Group A.
The latest odds on the match from sportsbook William Hill have a Wales win at 8/5 with a Scotland victory at 13/8 and a draw at 11/5.