By News Team
Last Updated: 8th October 2020
Scotland and Northern Ireland face crunch play-off semi-final knockout fixtures this week as they look to book their place at Euro 2021 next summer, while England host Wales in a friendly ahead of their Nations League tie with Belgium on Sunday.
We take a look at all the best odds across each of the three Home Nations fixtures.
Scotland up against Israel in play-off tie
Scotland kicked off their Euro 2020 qualification campaign with a 3-0 defeat to Kazakhstan but turned it around with home and away victories over Cyprus and San Marino and a final win at home to Kazakhstan to secure a third-place finish and the chance of advancing through the play-offs.
Steve Clarke’s side will face Israel at home in their play-off semi-final on Thursday. Their opponents finished fifth in Group G and lost their last two matches of the qualification campaign to Poland and North Macedonia, so on paper, Scotland should have the edge.
Scotland’s two previous play-off ties in European Championship qualifying have seen them eliminated – in November 1999 vs England (1-2 on aggregate) and November 2003 vs Netherlands (1-6 on aggregate). However, they have won their last three qualification matches in a row, last winning four in 2007, and will be boosted by the return of Oli McBurnie and Ryan Fraser.
Northern Ireland face trip to Bosnia and Herzegovina
Northern Ireland had a stellar start to their Euro 2020 qualifying campaign, with four wins from four, beating Belarus and Estonia twice, but came unstuck once the tougher tests came calling.
They took just one point from matches against Netherlands and Germany, but still managed to impressively finish third in Group C. Now all eyes turn to Thursday’s play-off semi-final clash with Bosnia and Herzegovina, who themselves have never progressed from a play-off for a major competition.
Northern Ireland have lost each of their two previous matches against Bosnia and Herzegovina, losing both matches in the UEFA Nations League in September and October 2018, and come into this one as underdogs.
Hull City’s Josh Magennis has scored three goals as a substitute in Euro 2020 qualifying for Northern Ireland, more than any other player, finding the net in three of his last four appearances, and you can get him at 15/4 to score anytime.
England and Wales in Wembley showdown
Thursday’s friendly at Wembley will be the first meeting between England and Wales since they met at the Euro 2016 finals, where Daniel Sturridge scored a last-minute winner to take the game from the Welsh and keep a streak of five consecutive victories intact.
Gareth Bale, scorer of Wales’ only goal that day, has not been included in Ryan Giggs’ squad for the upcoming matches. He is yet to play for new club Spurs as he continues rehab on a knee injury, while Gareth Southgate hands in-form Dominic Calvert-Lewin his first call-up to the senior side.
Wales are as high as 9/1 to win on Thursday evening, while favourites England to secure the victory is priced at 1/3. Calvert-Lewin is 5/2 to get the first goal, while Jack Grealish is 13/8 to score anytime after his midfield masterclass against Liverpool on Sunday night.