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Jon Riley 22nd Mar 2013 - 11:08

Friday's International Football Preview

There's a full house of International football on Friday night with all the Home Nations in 2014 World Cup qualification action. Two of our teams, Scotland and Wales, will face each other at Hampden Park in a Group A basement battle while Northern Ireland face a tough looking tie against Fabio Capello's Russia and England travel to minnows San Marino in what is expected to be a rout for the Three Lions.

After four matches in Group A, Scotland occupy bottom spot with just two points gathered and visitors Wales have mustered just one more point, all of them coming in their 2-1 victory over Scotland at the Cardiff City stadium in October.

In Glasgow the hosts will kick-off as favourites, priced at 17/20 to gain revenge over their Welsh counterparts and overtake them in the group table. Chris Coleman's Wales can be backed at 4/1 to double their points tally with a second win over Scotland.

Spurs' winger Gareth Bale notched a fantastic brace in the reverse fixture and is 5/1 to open the scoring here and 6/1 to find the back of the net twice or more. Enjoying the most prolific season of his career so far, Bale is also highlighted as part of the William Hill Headline offer. If he can score anytime as part of a Wales' victory, we'll enhance the price to an excellent 3/1.

Three of Scotland's team are involved in Headline offer promotions. Steven Fletcher to score and Scotland to win is 3/1, the same offer with Charlie Adam is 10/1 and Shaun Maloney is 6/1.

All of the talk before the England v San Marino match is about how many goals England will score and William Hill offer 1/7 that they score four or more. The odds are 2/1 for both Steven Gerrard and Wayne Rooney to find the net during the game. William Hill offer 5/1 that six or more different players score for England.

England are fully expected to win the match against San Marino, although their match against Montenegro is a completely different prospect - and probably the biggest game of the campaign so far. England are, however, 8/11 to pick up maximum points over the two matches.

The last time England faced San Marino away from home, they conceded the fastest goal in World Cup history and Wiliam Hill make it a 7/2 chance that there is a goal in the first five minutes of this match.

Total different scorers vs San Marino: 12/1 0-1; 3/1 2-3; 1/2 4-5; 5/1 6+

Total England points vs San Marino and Montenegro: 8/11 six; 5/2 four; 4/1 three; 100/1 2/1; 100/1 one; 250/1 zero

125/1 San Marino; 1/66 England; 14/1 draw

2/1 Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard both to score

Total match goals (over): 1/1000 0.5; 1/150 1.5; 1/16 2.5; 2/9 3.5; 8/15 4.5; 23/20 5.5

Will there be a goal in the first five minutes: 7/2 yes; 1/6 no

Will there be a goal in the first 15 minutes: 11/10 yes; 4/6 no

What will happen FIRST in the first five minutes: 9/2 goal; 11/8 corner; 25/1 card; 25/1 penalty; 11/10 none of these

Time of first goal: 5/6 1st to 15th minute; 1/1 16th to 30th minute; 6/1 31st minute to half time; 20/1 46th to 60th minute; 25/1 61st to 75th minute; 33/1 76th minute to full time; 20/1 no goal

Total England goals: 28/1 none; 25/1 one; 10/1 two; 11/2 three; 1/7 four or more

Russia will attempt to strengthen their grip on top position in Group F when they travel to Northern Ireland in their World Cup qualification clash on Friday.

Having won all four of their fixtures to date, the Russians sit top of the group, five points ahead of nearest challengers Israel, whom they face next week.

The home nation have lost just one of their four fixtures, but three draws have left them in fourth position in the table, some nine points behind their opponents this week.

Both sides were in friendly action last month, with Northern Ireland picking up a 0-0 draw in Malta, while Russia make it four wins from their last five with a 2-0 success in Iceland.
Match betting: Northern Ireland 7/1 Draw 5/2 Russia 8/15

Handicap betting: Northern Ireland +1 8/5 Russia -1 goal 29/20
Headline Offers: 16/1 Niall McGinn to Score & N Ireland to Win
2/1 Alan Dzagoev to Score & Russia to Win
4/1 Shirokov to Score & Russia to Win




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