By News Team
3rd September 2021
We take a look at those fixtures below.
Return to Wembley
England will return to Wembley for the first time since their dramatic loss to Italy in the European Championships final a few months ago. This assignment, however, will be a far easier affair for Gareth Southgate’s side to deal with.
On the back of a convincing 4-0 victory away to Hungary, the hosts welcome Andorra and the full three-points can be expected from the Three Lions as the visitors have only managed to secure the one win so far in their qualifying campaign. England, however, have been clinical in their fixtures and are unbeaten so far having only conceded once in their four qualifying games.
The market reflects England’s chances with them a 1/150 chance to win the fixture, for that reason it may pay to look at the first goal scorer market for added value. With all four goals against Hungary coming from different players, this fixture could provide plenty with chances to get on the scoresheet first up and of those Raheem Stirling looks like the best pick at 5/2. Andorra’s chances of victory sit at 90/1 and you can expect that to be a fair price come full-time.
Scotland to bounce back
Following defeat against Denmark, who came into this qualifying campaign on the back of a respected effort in the European Championship, Scotland were always going to be up against it. They proved what a difficult fixture they were expecting when walking away with a 2-0 loss, however, this will be much easier for Steve Clarke’s side.
After conceding twice in two minutes against the Danes, Scotland will need to look sharper, although they won’t face the same attacking threats here. Moldova have only managed to register a solitary point in their campaign so far which puts them bottom of the table, meanwhile a win for Scotland puts them right back in contention.
For that very reason, the hosts are odds-on favourites at 2/13 and should make light work of this fixture, while a surprise victory for Moldova is priced at 18/1. Upsets can happen in football, as we all know, and while the chance of an away victory seems unlikely, the possibility of a draw is certainly something to consider. Priced at 11/2 it can’t be ruled out. Would you like to work out your potential winnings? Try our online betting calculator.
Wales travel to Belarus
Wales competed in a friendly against Finland this week and while they managed to walk away unscathed with a goalless draw, they weren’t without their chances. Harry Wilson failed to take his chance from the penalty spot, but there was promise on display in that fixture. This assignment, while with the added pressure of counting towards World Cup qualification, should be an easier task.
Belarus have won one of their qualifying fixtures, the same as Rob Page’s side, but the Welsh certainly have the quality that the home side will be lacking and if they piece it together it should be light work for them in Eastern Europe. There were concerns that Real Madrid man Gareth Bale might not be available for the fixture having been seen limping after the full-time whistle was blown in Helsinki. However, manager Page had downplayed these concerns and Bale looks set to go to battle.
Wales are, again, odds-on favourites to take the fixture at 6/10 while Belarus can be backed at 5/1. Judging by the markets of all three home nations fixtures this weekend, this looks set to be the closest and at 13/5 for the draw it could certainly be worth taking notice of that as an option.