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Punters can put the forthcoming clashes between the Auld Enemies in their diaries. England and Scotland were drawn together in Group F of World Cup 2018 qualification and the first match between them will be Friday, November 11, 2016, with a 7.45pm kick-off at Wembley. The return match will take place at Hampden Park on Saturday, June 10, 2017, with a kick-off time of 5 pm. England can be backed at a price of 2/1 at bookmaker William Hill to win both of the games against Scotland and the Three Lions are 4/11 favourites to win their group.

The Three Lions will open their World Cup qualification campaign on the road in Slovakia, then host Malta at Wembley before hitting the road to go to Slovenia and then will come the first meeting with Scotland from Wembley. The Scots open their account on the road in Malta.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland, who were drawn together in qualification Group D will meet in Dublin on March 24, 2017, and the return match will be in the final round of games on October 9th. Wales are 3/1 to win Group D behind favourites Serbia, with Ireland at 6/1. Ireland can be backed at 3/1 to qualify, with Wales at 6/4.

Northern Ireland, who have landed a tough draw, travel to face world champions Germany on October 11, 2016, and will host them in Belfast on October 5, 2017. Northern Ireland at 10/1 outside shots to qualify.

World Cup 2018 winner Odds

Germany 5/1, Argentina 8/1, Spain 9/1, Brazil 10/1, France 12/1, Netherlands 16/1, Belgium 16/1, Italy 20/1, England 20/1, Colombia 20/1, 33/1 bar

27th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

England and Scotland will be contesting World Cup 2018 qualification in the same group after being drawn together on Saturday. The pair will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania in Group F of World Cup 2019 qualification.

England and Scotland faced each other twice since the 2013/14 season with England winning both of those friendly international encounters. The last time that they met in competitive qualification, England won 2-1 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off to reach Euro 2000.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland have also been drawn together as they go in Group D along with Austria, Serbia, Moldova and Georgia. The Welsh go as top seeds in that group while Northern Ireland have a tough qualifying campaign ahead of them as they were drawing Group C alongside Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino.

Wales and Ireland were together in qualifying for Euro 2008 with Ireland winning at home and taking a draw in Cardiff. Each has won five of their last thirteen meetings. Germany are 5/1 favourites to win World Cup 2018, followed by Spain and Brazil at 7/1 and Argentina at 8/1. England are a 20/1 quote with Bet365.

25th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football News

All credit to Wales as they have broken into the top ten in the FIFA World Rankings for the first time in their history. They sit 10th in the new rankings and that is just one place behind England who climbed six places to occupy 9th. Wales were 22nd in the previous rankings so it has been a massive move up from Chris Coleman’s men.

That 22nd spot was the previous highest that the Welsh had ever found themselves, but Gareth Bale’s recent winner over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers saw Wales on the climb. After picking up four points from their two games against Belgium in Group B of Euro 2016 qualification, Wales are in the driving seat in the group, sitting three points clear of the Red Devils at the top of the pile with just four games left to play.

That has left the Welsh as 11/10 second favourite to actually top the group and 1/12 to qualify for next summer’s finals. It has been a successful campaign for them and they can look behind them in the new FIFA rankings and see that reigning European Champions Spain are three places behind them.

Despite their recent loss to Chile in the final of the Copa America 2015, Argentina are the new top-ranked side in the world, climbing up three places to replace Germany who drop to second. Belgium, who were sitting second in the previous rankings also drop one place down to third. Northern Ireland are up seven places to 37th in the world, while Scotland drop one place to 29th.

9th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football News

Euro 2016 Betting

England and Wales are looking set for a berth at France 2016 while Northern Ireland, thanks to a 0-0 home draw against Romania are still well in the hunt as well from their group. Scotland, who earned a positive 1-1 draw in their trip to Dublin to face Ireland on Saturday are also in a decent position to make it through to next summer’s finals.

Scotland still has some work to do in Group D, sitting three points behind group leaders Poland, with Germany sitting in second place two points ahead of the Scots. So Gordon Strachan’s men may have to scrap it out for third place at the end of the day and despite failing to win their home game against the Scots, Ireland are just two points back of third-placed Scotland.

The top two from each group qualify for Euro 2016, along with the best third-placed finisher. The eight remaining third place sides go into a play-off round.

So a lot still to do for Scotland and Ireland, while Northern Ireland sit in second place in Group F behind Romania, with Hungary two points behind them. Worst case scenario for the Irish there will be third place in Group F, so they are still looking in a decent position to at least make it to the play-offs.

Northern Ireland is 1/4 to bank an automatic qualification spot while Scotland are 10/11 to qualify for Euro 2016 while the Republic of Ireland is out at 13/5 with online betting site Skybet.

13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

Thanks to Gareth Bale, marking his 50th cap with a goal, Wales took a huge win over Belgium in the Euro 2016 qualifiers. The 1-0 win wasn’t big on the scoreline, but in terms of importance for Wales in trying to reach France 2016 it was. The victory over the Red Devils saw Wales take command at the top of Euro 2016 qualification Group B, now holding a three-point lead over Belgium.

It was hero Bale who bagged his fifth goal of the qualifiers, who struck in the 25th minute of the game, and the Welsh had to dig in to protect that valuable goal against some intense pressure from the visiting Belgians, who were boasting big game players like Eden Hazard and Christian Benteke. The win for Wales puts them five points clear of third-placed Israel, and the home nation now look a sure shot to be in next summer’s finals.

Wales are 11/10 second favourites to win Group B behind the 10/11 quote on Belgium at online betting site Skybet. No-one else is going to get in the picture to win the group, and Wales are now 1/16 odds on to qualify for Euro 2016.

Wales have four qualification matches left now, two of them at home against Israel and Andorra while they hit the road for trips to Cyprus and Bosnia-Herzegovina. Friday night’s victory saw Wales extend their unbeaten Euro 2016 qualification record to W4 D2 L0.

Online bookmaker Bet Victor are offering a quote of 9/4 on all 4 home nations (England, Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland) all to qualify for the finals and 33/1 that England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland all make it.

13th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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It is all eyes on Cardiff on Friday night to see if Wales can take a massive step towards appearing at the Euro 2016 finals next summer. They are well on course as they head into this game level on points with group leaders Belgium in Group B of Euro 2016 qualification. So a big three points at home would put the Welsh in the driving seat to back themselves an automatic qualification spot.

They go up against a powerful Belgium side of course, but Wales put in a gusty performance out in Belgium to earn a 0-0 draw. More of the same, or even better, would be nice. Gareth Bale makes his 50th appearance for his country and if he scores first in the game then you would be getting lost stake refunds back, as long as you picked him as your insurance trigger with Betfair.

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12th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Free Bets & Promotions

Euro 2016 Betting

Wales v Belgium Betting Preview

A win for the Welsh here and they can start preparing for France 2016 next summer. That is what is at stake as the top two in qualification Group B go head to head in Cardiff on Friday night. The two meet on level standings, both having earned eleven points from their five games played so far, which included a 0-0 draw that they played out in Brussels back in last November. Wales will be keen to follow that up with a home win, putting themselves in the driving seat in the group.

As the previous group meeting between these played out goalless, the it could be worth considering the Bet365 0-0 bore draw insurance. Just place a pre-match wager on the correct score, scorecast or half time/full time markets and if the game ends up without a goal having been scored, then you will get your lost stake refunded as a free bet. New customers opening an account with Bet365 can earn up to a free £200 bet as a welcome bonus too.

Wales v Belgium Betting Tips

Looking forward to this one. Wales have put together a decent qualification campaign, although there were some nervy one-goal margin wins over group outsiders Andorra and Cyprus and a pretty poor 0-0 home draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina in there. Their stand out results so far were their battling 0-0 draw in Belgium and then their great 3-0 away win over Israel, which saw the Welsh keep pace with the Belgians at the top of qualification group B. A win here for Wales on Friday night would see them take full command of the group and they could start thinking about packing their bags for France next summer. Beating Belgium is a tough thing though and so the Welsh may see the huge value in avoiding defeat against a top team.



Wales have scored just the seven qualification goals in their group so far, a bit disappointing considering the level of opposition that they have faced. Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale has scored four of the seven goals that the Welsh have returned and so it could be worth backing him at a 2/1 Bet365 anytime goalscorer option. Wales would probably be happy with a draw, especially considering that they have injury problems at the back, and a draw would suit Belgium too as it would keep the Red Devils on top. Wales haven’t beaten Belgium in the last five meetings and they lost 2-0 the last time they hosted Belgium, which was back in the World Cup 2012 qualifiers. Wales have scored one goal in their last three against the Red Devils.

Belgium are a squad stacked with talent even though there have been some surprising results in their qualification campaign. Their drawn matches against Wales and Bosnia and Herzegovina were unexpected and they were expected to cruise their way to winning this group. However, they have scored 12 goals in their five qualification games so far and have shipped just the one at the back. When they hosted Wales last November, they took 60% of possession in the game, but just couldn’t find a way through. Christian Benteke is 13/8 favourite in the anytime goalscorer market, followed by Romelu Lukaku at 15/8 and Eden Hazard at 11/5. Marouane Fellaini could be a great 7/2 option as has scored five goals in his last three internationals. The Belgians are on an eight match unbeaten streak since losing against Argentina at the 2014 World Cup.

Wales v Belgium Betting Odds

Belgium 7/10, draw 13/5, Wales 4/1

Wales v Belgium Predictions

Wales haven’t played since beating Israel back in March, while Belgium took a thrilling 4-3 win in France on the weekend. The Belgian bring big attacking threats with them, but with their unexpected draws in the group so far, it could still be worth looking at Wales digging in for a point, which would simply suit both of these at the end of the day.

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9th June 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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Wales v Israel Betting Preview

The Welsh really need to come out of the game with something. A win in Israel on Saturday would set them up wonderfully for a genuine shot at qualification. They go into the game in second place in their qualification group, trailing leaders Israel by just one point but have already played one game more than their opponents, so can’t afford to lose ground in this one. Tough game for Chris Coleman’s men though with Israel in a good streak of form.

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Wales v Israel Betting Tips

It has been a reasonably good start by Wales in Euro 2016 qualifications, remaining unbeaten after their first four games. There were disappointing wins against Andorra and Cyprus, disappointing because Wales failed to impress in those games, but then good solid, hard working draws against the big guns of Bosnia-Herzegovina and Belgium. So it looks as if they have the ability to dig in, but performances do need to be raised. They really can’t afford a defeat in Israel on Sunday, with Cyprus and Belgium breathing down their necks. Wales have lost just one of their last nine international matches (W4 D4 L1) but do they have the goals in them to make a really charge at qualification?

They need the input of Gareth Bale who is a 2/1 quote in the anytime goalscorer market. They really need him to turn up, but he hasn’t been in great club form with Real Madrid and is longer priced in the anytime goalscorer market than a clutch of Israeli players. Wales have only returned the four goals in qualifying so far (Bale with two of them) and they may have a hard time breaking down an organised Israel defence. Wales have gone up against Israel four times before in their history and it is the Welsh who hold a 2-0 head to head lead with two draws alongside that. The last time they met in Israel was back in 1989 in a 3-3 interintal friendly draw, while their last competitive meeting was back in the 1958 World Cup qualifiers.

Israel have scored nine goals from their opening three qualification matches so far, shipping two. There could be decent value in both teams to score for a price of even money with online betting site Bet365, because clean sheets are few and far between for the Israelis. Israel’s last 26 matches have all seen at least two goals scored in the game. Israel are rightly favourites for this one on home soil, especially after breezing to 3-0 home win over Bosnia-Herzegovina in their only other home game so far. Israel are on a four match winning streak, scoring thirteen goals in those four games.

Wales v Israel Betting Odds

Israel 10/11, Draw 23/10, Wales 3/1

Wales v Israel Predictions

It does look likely that Israel are going to get on the scoresheet as they have been pretty positive going forward. Do Whales have the response? They will probably get chances and still worth pushing towards both teams to score, but if you are looking for a winner, then the home side Israel look the better value.

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25th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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Wales v England Six Nations betting kicks off the 2015 championship on Friday night. It is a massive confidence booster to open the championship with a win, and for England, taking one on the road in South Wales would set them up nicely and confirm them as front runners alongside Ireland to win this season’s Six Nations.

England (6/4 at Paddy Power for the win) have been struggling with injuries during their build up (with around a dozen players out, such as Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt) and coach Stuart Lancaster has had to replace six of the starting fifteen who beat Australia in their last match of the Autumn Series last year. Five of England’s starting fifteen in Wales will be lining up for their first ever Six Nations start. Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph have the new look role in the centre for England.

Wales (8/15 at Paddy Power) have received a boost in their starting lineup, as big George North comes back onto the wing. Coach Warren Gatland called him out for not having played that well for his country recently, so he will be expecting a lot from the powerhouse on his return. The Welsh may have an advantage, especially early on the in the game, as they have a settled back row to call on, with captain Sam Warburton earning his 50th cap for his country of Friday night.

England won the showdown with Wales in last season’s Six Nations at Twickenham , but that snapped a three match losing streak against the Welsh. England have lost their last two trips to Wales without having managed to get into double figures. They were trounced 30-3 there on their last Six Nations visit in March 2013.

Wales v England Six Nations 2015 Odds

Wales 8/15, England 6/4

Overall, the head to head in Wales v England Six Nations betting is tight. England have won 57 of 125 previous meetings, the Welsh having taken 56 wins with 12 drawers in there. England have averaged 13 points per game against Wales, while the Welsh have averaged 11.6 points per game against the English. Very tight margins and online betting site Paddy Power have a Wales -4 Handicap at a quote of 10/11.

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4th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland have all made reasonably positive starts to their respective campaigns in the Euro 2016 qualifiers, and online betting site William Hill are offering odds of 25/1 that there will be a full house of Ireland and the UK nations at France 2016.

England look to be certain attendees as Roy Hodgson’s men have posted four wins from four so far in their group, have Danny Welbeck as the joint top scorer in qualifying and have conceded just the one goal so far.

Scotland eased some qualification pressure of themselves by digging out a 1-0 win over Ireland in Group D on the weekend. That was a big three points for Gordon Strachan’s men and it has left both Ireland and Scotland level on seven points with Germany (three points behind leaders Poland) in Group D. The top two from each group qualify automatically, with the third placed sides going to a play off round.

Even though Northern Ireland suffered a defeat in Romania over the weekend, it was their first loss of the campaign, and they are still in the top two. The Irish posted three wins from three to open their qualification account, so Michael O’Neill’s men have a solid foundation to work off towards qualifying.

Wales did themselves a favour as they overcame a big roadblock in holding out for a draw under heavy pressure in Belgium. That keeps the Welsh undefeated and in second place behind Israel in Group B.

So will all five make it through to the finals?

It is perhaps the precarious and tight scrap in Group D which could scupper that. You would expect world champions Germany to come good and Poland are looking a decent threat as well, running unbeaten and taking a win over Germany. In a four way race, it could leave Scotland and Ireland scrapping it out for third place.

It is 7-1 at William Hill that none or one of them qualifies, 7-4 that exactly two do, 6-4 about three and 4-1 four.

After the boisterous spectacle that the Scotland v Ireland fixture produced on the weekend, and with the Scotland v England international friendly being revisited this week, William Hill are also betting on the chances of the Home International tournament returning. The bookie is offering 5-1 that a tournament involving at least four of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Ireland is introduced by the end of 2020.

18th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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