Scotland v England Betting: Weird Visitors To Take The Spoils

Chris Martin Scotland

Ed Hawkins

Thursday, June 8, 2017 6:59 PM UTC

Thursday, Jun. 8, 2017 6:59 PM UTC

The England soccer team has endured a barren spell without success. And during the lean years without a success – the only trophy they won, the World Cup, was in 1966 – increasingly weird and whacky ways to end the gloom have been tried, tested and, ultimately failed.

In 1996 they had renowned world psychic Uri Geller hovering above Wembley Stadium to help them beat Scotland. Geller claimed to have moved the ball with the power of his mind just before Gary McAllister struck a penalty shot, which was saved by David Seaman.

After that Glenn Hoddle, the coach, tried a faith healer called Eileen. That didn’t work, either. Hoddle got the sack for his weird ways when he said that disabled people were paying for sins in a previous life.

There were other bonkers moves. Employing Steve McClaren was one. Fabio Capello thought it smart to put the players under lock and key, yes, a bit like prison, for the World Cup in South Africa.

Ahead of Saturday’s World Cup qualifier with Scotland, England has tried something different again. Gareth Southgate, the coach, took the players to a military camp, where they pretended to be soldiers for a few days. Jermain Defoe, the striker, compared it to the pressure of a penalty shootout.

If you think, finally, England has lost its mind it could be worth betting the Scots, the folks from north of the border who wear kilts, eat haggis and down whiskey brilliantly. But they are not so hot at football. They are +500 with Marathon. The draw is +268 with MatchXtra. England is no better than -137 with 21Bet.

England has won the last three meetings, conceding one goal in the process. It is true that there is gulf in ability between the two. Which is why, believe it or not, Southgate might have played a masterstroke. England supporters fear defeat only if there is a collective ill will from the players. Surely they have more of a bond after playing GI Joe?

So we are betting on a cosy England win. Bet365 are +550 and +1100 about 2-0 and 3-0 wins respectively. England is yet to concede a goal in qualifying. They lead the section with four wins from five. Scotland has two wins in five, letting in eight goals. If you think the Scots will hamper their deadly rivals on their home turf, Bet365 go +450 about a 1-0 away win.

Jamie Vardy, the Foxes striker, has been ruled out of the match with an injury. So the Anytime Goalscorer market could throw up some value bets. We like Defoe, fresh from the military sheep dip challenge (Google it), to notch at +167 with 888Sport.

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