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Wales v Iceland Betting Preview
The home support in Cardiff could do with a boost with Wales out of winning form. They have posted just one win in their last six matches now, but will still be eyeing up this international friendly as being winnable against an Iceland side who have won two of their last six.

Wales v Iceland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Wales Evens, Draw 11/5, Iceland 3/1

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Wales v Iceland Betting Tips:
Chris Coleman needs games like this, in order to build towards Euro 2016. They go up against Bosnia, Belgium, Israel, Cyprus and Andorra in their qualifying group there. Iceland are a tougher side than people probably think. Wales failed to impress in their World Cup qualifying group finishing fifth out of sixth with three wins on the board. Two of those wins came over Scotland, who still finished above the Welsh. Wales only managed nine goals during qualification and shipped goals at an average of exactly two per game. They will be hoping that the form of Burnley’s Sam Vokes can help them get amongst the goals, as he comes into the picture. He is trading at 6/4 in the anytime goalscorer market, behind the Even money favouritism of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale.

Incidentally, Vokes scored on his international debut against Iceland back in 2008. Wales have only kept one clean sheet in their last five, having conceded exactly one goal in each of their last three. It does suggest that a Both Teams To Score wager could come into play for a price of Even money. Still, it doesn’t look as if it is going to be a high scoring match at all and the tendency will be to go under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/6 with Bet365. If a win comes you can see it being by just a narrow margin.

Iceland surprised many in their qualification group, returning a nice amount of goals and actually taking second place in their group behind Switzerland. That sent them into a play off against Croatia, where they fell 2-0 on aggregate. Still, they have only lost one of their last six matches played now and have drawn two of their last three away games (one of them a 4-4 in Switzerland). They are a very organised and tidy side and aren’t to be dismissed easily. After coming so close to making it to the World Cup, it’ll all be about how well they pick themselves up now from that disappointment.

Prediction
This match could actually go either way, as Iceland aren’t a bad side. Would consider going under 2.5 goals though for this one for a 4/6 shot at online betting site Betfair.

 

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Form (all competitions)
Wales DLLWDD, Iceland DWWDDL

Head To Head
There have been just the six previous matches between them and Wales hold a positive 4-1 lead there. The last time they met was in 2008 in a friendly, which Wales won 1-0 away. The last time they met in Cardiff, Wales won by the same scoreline.


March 5th, 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Wales v Finland Betting Preview
This has the complete look of a turning out to be a non-starter and the game may struggle to get going to become anything too entertaining. The Welsh still have a lot of building to do, but manager Chris Coleman has at least managed to secure his job for a bit longer thanks to a couple of positive results at the end of qualifying. The next target will be to build for the Euro 2016 campaign, but the visiting Finland have proven themselves on the road quite a bit lately.

Wales v Finland Betting Odds at online bookmaker William Hill
Wales 11/10, Finland 12/5, Draw 12/5

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Wales v Finland Betting Tips:
While Wales rounded out their group with a couple of good results, there is reason not to get carried away. The draw in Belgium was against a side who had already qualified for the 2014 World Cup and a win over Macedonia shouldn’t be misconstrued as a great triumph. Wales haven’t really got themselves together under Chris Coleman very well at all, and while they kick off at home in this one as favourites, it may be worth reining huge optimism for your betting. Gareth Bale and Aaron Ramsey, arguably Wales’ star attractions aren’t exactly going to see this is an important game and that could affect the overall performance. Wales did post just two wins and three defeats from their home matches during World Cup qualifying and overall in their ten matches they only managed to score seven goals. So this is probably a match where going under 2.5 goals for a price of 4/7 with William Hill looks a sound bet. Wales have scored just four goals in their last six matches played.

Finland have been pretty decent on the road and probably shouldn’t be underestimated here. They have scored in eight of their last nine away matches, losing just two of them. They took that fantastic point in Spain during World Cup qualifying, and their only defeat in the group on their travels came in France when Les Bleus scored twice in the last fifteen minutes to flatter the scoreline in a 3-0 victory. Their other three away matches did go under 2.5 goals, so a good indication of where to head for your betting on this one. Like Wales, they are not a high scoring team though, having managed just one in their last three matches. The best option from them to get on the scoresheet is going to be Teemu Pukki who is trading at 3/1 in the Anytime Goalscorer market. A resilient, well organised side and can hold their own in a low key affair.

There have been eleven matches between the two nations before and the honours stand even at four wins each. The last meeting between them was in 2009 during the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers, with Finland winning 2-1 in Helsinki. The last time they met in Wales, the Finnish took a 2-0 victory.

Prediction
Don’t see a lot of goals flying in for this one, in what will probably be a really low key affair and would look for the obvious shot of Under 2.5 Goals for a price of 4/7 with William Hill.

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Form (all competitions)
Wales LDLLWD, Finland WDWLWL

 


November 13th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Wales v Belgium Betting Preview
The Welsh will have been feeling a little bit better after taking a much needed home win against Macedonia on Friday night. A goal from Simon Church sealed the deal for the Welsh, snapping a four match winless streak. They travel to Belgium for their final match of Group A in 2014 World Cup qualifying and there is still a chance they could finish third. But that would require a win and the bookmakers are swinging very firmly the other way.

Wales v Belgium Betting Odds at online bookmaker BetFred
Belgium 1/5, Draw 11/2, Wales 10/1

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Wales v Belgium Betting Tips:
The biggest sigh of relief on Friday night will have been released by Wales boss Chris Coleman who has been coming under some fire. Even he admitted that the 1-0 win over Macedonia probably kept him in his job. They finish up with a tough match away against the high flying Belgium, winners of Group A with some style. The bookmakers aren’t giving Wales too much of a chance in this one, and that’s not too surprising. Wales have lost three and won one of their four away matches played in the group so far already. So it is not as if they are carrying any great form on their travels. They were also second best in terms of shots and possession in Cardiff against Macedonia on Friday night. The big positive was that it was another clean sheet for them, totalling up to two clean sheets in their last four. However, a clean sheet for the Welsh doesn’t look likely, and yet Belgium are trading at 5/6 To Win To Nil, which actually does look a pretty decent shot.

Wales have lost their last three matches against Belgium, and in their last nine encounters with the Belgians, the Welsh have managed to keep just the one clean sheet. So that doesn’t bode particularly well for them. The stats just aren’t on the side of the Welsh here. You look at Belgium and see a side which has gone eight international without defeat, and not only that, seven of those have been victories. Their only dropped points in the group so far came against second placed Croatia in a draw, other than that, it has been plain sailing. They have racked up 17 goals and conceded just three along the way. Just to put that into context, Wales have conceded 19 goals so far in their nine matches played.

The big danger up front is looking like Romelu Lukaku, who has to be value in the First Goalscorer market at odds of 5/2 with BetFred. The Everton striker has netted five in his last three appearances for his country, and it was his two goals against Croatia on Friday which confirmed Belgium’s place at the 2014 World Cup. He is a man in form. But you also have the likes of Christian Benteke, Eden Hazard, Nacer Chadli and Kevin Mirallas all around 11/10 in the Anytime Goalscorer market as well. The threats are there for Belgium to really open Wales up, but there is nothing riding on the game, so there’s no need to exert themselves. There could be sensible value of 21/20 in the Total Goals Exactly 2-3 for this one. It sounds about the right mark, and Belgium did only take a 2-0 win against Wales earlier in the group.

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Form (all competitions)
Belgium WWWDWW, Wales WLDLLW

 


October 13th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Wales - Craig Bellamy Suisse - Goekhan Imler

Wales v Macedonia Betting Preview
Well, the Welsh may have new Real Madrid signing Gareth Bale in their ranks for this one, providing that he is fit. After sealing a move to the Spanish giants on transfer deadline day, Bale is still expected to report for international duty. He has been on the sidelines though because of a foot injury, failing to make a Premier League appearance for Spurs this term. While Wales have started to pull more positive results and performances together, they have probably left it too late to qualify for Brazil 2014.

Wales v Macedonia Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
FYR Macedonia 11/10, Draw 5/2, Wales 23/10

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Wales v Macedonia Betting Tips:
There is still a slim, mathematical chance that the Welsh could make it to Brazil next summer. However, it is a very long shot and highly unlikely. The two dominating powers in the group are Belgium and Croatia, and Wales are ten points behind the second placed Croatians heading into the next round of matches. The Welsh have only won two of their six qualification games played, and both of them came against Scotland. So next on the cards for them is a trip to Macedonia, who are bottom of the group and there could be a good chance for Chris Coleman’s men to grab a win here. This is the first of the two meetings between them in the group (and indeed the first meeting between the two countries ever), and here is an occasion where they could really use the influence of Bale to come in. Bale is the top scorer in the group with four goals in their six games so far.

Wales have lost just one of their last four games, picking up good wins over Austria and Scotland, and their most recent matchup was a home friendly against the Republic of Ireland. Opposing them on Friday night, will be Macedonia, who have won just one of their last five matches. They snapped a four match losing streak with a win over Bulgaria in a friendly and that also snapped a four match run in which they failed to score a single goal. So there isn’t a lot of threat up front from them and have only converted three goals in their six qualification matches for far. Wales have scored double that, but have also conceded double the amount of goals that Macedonia have in Group A. Macedonia’s three previous home matches in the group produced defeat against Belgium and Croatia, and a win over Serbia. So just a bit of hesitation for Wales here, and without Bale, it could be worth taking that 0-0 Bore Draw insurance with Bet365. Hard to see a lot of goals flying in.

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Form
Macedonia WLLLLW, Wales WLWWLD

 


September 2nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Ireland - Giovanni Trapattoni

Wales v Ireland Betting Preview
Another interesting home nations match up this week, as the Irish head to Cardiff to take on the Welsh. The big news out of the pre-match stuff here is that Gareth Bale won’t be in the Welsh squad after pulling out with a foot injury. Bale, whose future with Spurs has been under speculation during the off-season, will be on the sidelines. With Wales struggling through World Cup qualifying, Ireland are still in the hunt for a place in Brazil next summer and will want to keep good form going in this friendly.

Wales v Ireland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Ireland 13/8, Wales 13/8, Draw 23/10

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Wales v Ireland Betting Tips:
After having taken just two wins and four defeats away from their first six matches of qualification for the 2014 World Cup, the Welsh aren’t going to make it there. So they now need to simply keep building and pushing forward. They will be going without their star attraction of Gareth Bale who had scored five goals in their last six international matches. So his absence will be huge for them. The Welsh have had some patchy results over the last year under Chris Coleman. His reign started with five straight defeats on the bounce, but they have started to fight back a bit. They took two wins over Scotland in their World Cup qualifying group, and also took a friendly win over Austria.

In their three matches played during 2013, Wales have won two and lost one. So maybe they are starting to get on the right track. With home advantage, the bookies are making them a decent shot against Ireland. Giovanni Trapattoni’s men have been ticking along nicely for a while. Some good results have kept them in the hunt for second place in their World Cup Qualifying group, but there are some big matches still to come for them. Robbie Keane has netted five goals in his last two international matches, helping Ireland beat Georgia 4-0 in a friendly and then 3-0 over the Faroe Islands in their World Cup qualifying group, with Keane bagging a hat trick. He’s out of the squad to face Wales though.

Ireland are unbeaten in their six matches played during 2013, winning three and drawing three, including a tie against England at Wembley back in May. Perhaps the telling factor at the end of the day will be the fact that Ireland have kept four clean sheets in their last six matches too. That may be enough to keep Wales at bay and perhaps grab a draw.

The overall head to head stands even between these two. From twelve previous meetings, each has ran up a total of five wins. The last time they came together competitively was in the Euro 2008 qualifiers, meeting in November of 2007 at Cardiff. The game ended in a 2-2 draw, after Ireland have won the home fixture in Dublin. The last friendly between them came in 2011 with Ireland running out 3-0 winners.

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Form Wales LWLWWL, Ireland WDDDDWW


August 13th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Wales v Croatia Betting Preview
Albeit with some help from Scotland in the end, Wales came away from Glasgow on Friday night with all three points in the bag after falling behind in the game. The Welsh are now up to third in Group A and as good as that sounds, they are still seven points adrift of second placed Croatia. Still, they could cut that down to four with a win in Cardiff, but realistically the Welsh are just playing for pride and the future really, as qualification is still a long way off. At least they have some confidence under their belt.

Wales v Croatia Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Croatia 8/11, Draw 5/2, Wales 4/1

Wales v Croatia Recommended Bet:
The Welsh have now picked up two wins from their five matches. They have still only scored at an average rate of a goal per game though, while they have conceded at an average rate of over two per game. They took a 2-1 over Scotland on Friday, despite Gareth Bale coming off at half time after getting a knock. The Tottenham player said that he should be fine to face Croatia, but they will be without Aaron Ramsey who got himself sent off at the end of the game. Wales pieced together some nice patches of football against Scotland, but they still struggled to get on the scoresheet, the goals they did score coming with a helping hand from the Scots. They will be in high spirits but the visiting Croatia are a very good side who have only conceded two goals so far in their five qualification matches. Wales do into the match as firm underdogs.

Croatia took a win over bitter rival Serbia on Friday night, keeping up their challenge for top spot alongside the exciting Belgium. Croatia have won four of their first five matches, drawing the other one. Along the way they have scored eight goals, which is a decent return, but it is their defence which has really stood out, having conceded just two. Croatia are a very solid side, a good balance of technique and strength. They should have the upper hand in the match, especially with them having so much at stake. In Croatia’s two other away games, they have earned a 1-1 draw in Belgium and beat Macedonia 2-1.

Croatia are the better team of the two and that’s not really in question. The spirit of Wales though could play a big part in this one to level the playing field a bit. It could be worth taking a Draw/Croatia Half Time/Full Time bet for a look at some value at 3/1 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Wales v Croatia Head To Head
Only three times before have the two sides met, just once competitively. That was the meeting in Osijek earlier in the group, with Croatia cruising to a 2-0 win. This will be the first time that Wales will have hosted Croatia before, and the other two matches, friendly internationals produced another win for Croatia and a draw. Wales have scored just once in those three meetings.

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March 24th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Scotland v Wales Betting Preview
Nothing quite like a home nations derby for World Cup qualifiers. Here we are with the return match between Scotland and Wales, with both sides desperately in need of a win. With them occupying the bottom two spots in Group A, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll be seeing either of them at Brazil 2014, so this is mostly about pride. Wales came from behind to win in Cardiff, can the Scots exact a bit of revenge?

Scotland v Wales Betting Odds at online bookmaker Ladbrokes
Scotland 5/6, Draw 12/5, Wales 3/1

Scotland v Wales Recommended Bet:
The Scots have to have one plan to try and come up with, and that is how to stop Gareth Bale. The Tottenham winger netted a brace for Wales in Cardiff in beating Scotland last October. They won’t be man-marking him, instead they will be relying on putting enough pressure on Wales to try and keep Bale pushed back. The Scots are the only team in the group who haven’t won a match yet, but have taken two draws. Unfortunately, those two draws came on home soil and were both massively missed opportunities to get their qualification campaign off to a flyer. They took disappointing home draws against Macedonia and Serbia, failing to really capitalize on home advantage. At least new boss Gordon Strachan has a 100% record.

He opened his national managerial career with a 1-0 win over Estonia back in February, a match in which Scotland should have scored more. The problems for Scotland are evident, they have scored just twice in their four matches, but then Wales have a far worse defence. The only points Wales have gotten were from the win over Scotland. Other than that, it has been defeats all the way. On the road they have lost 2-0 at Croatia and were hammered 6-1 by Serbia. The Welsh have only scored three goals in their four matches, so this may not be a high scoring return. Passions will be high, the goal tally, maybe not so such. Should be a tight affair, and following on Wales then host the powerful Croatian side while Scotland go to Serbia.

 

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Scotland v Wales Head To Head
A nice long history to look back over between these two sides. There have been 106 meetings played between the two before and Scotland lead commandingly with 61 wins to 22 by Wales. There have been seven previous FA Cup qualifying matches, with Scotland leading the way against with three wins to two. The most recent coming together was that 2-1 win for Wales in Cardiff in October of 2012. The last meeting between them in Scotland was in 1997, an International Friendly held in Kilmarnock, which Wales won 1-0. That was the same result in their last World Cup qualifier held in Scotland, a 1-0 win for Wales in Glasgow during the the 1986 World Cup qualifiers.

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March 22nd, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Wales v Austria betting should be an interesting affair as the home nation, who have been struggling lately, look to get back into form against a steadily improving Austrian side. Wales have lost three of their opening World Cup 2014 qualification matches and have been struggling badly in front of goal, while have been anything but tight at the back. Wales were thumped 6-1 by Serbia in Group A and defeats against Belgium and Croatia have pretty much left them out of contention for a place at Brazil 2014. So now they have to play for a lot of pride and have to start building towards something more positive again. Craig Bellamy’s non-committal over whether he wants to continue an international career or not, isn’t helping manager Chris Coleman, but he has been included in the squad along with West Ham’s James Collison.

Bellamy had been left out of Wales’ World Cup qualifying squads by Coleman, but the Cardiff striker seems to be over his injury problems at the moment. Swansea’s Ashley Williams will captain the side against Austria at the Liberty Stadium on Wednesday night. Wales have a poor record against Austria as it is, winning one, drawing one and losing five of their previous seven encounters. The last time they came together competitively was back in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers, with Austria taking home and away wins against Wales with clean sheets. The last time Wales beat Austria was a 1-0 home win in November of 1975.

Austria don’t look to be a side who are going to give much away. The Australian have a W1 D1 L1 record from their three Brazil 2014 World Cup qualifiers so far, the defeat a narrow 2-1 loss against the all powerful Germans. Eight of the Austrian squad play in the German Bundesliga and defensively they look as if they have enough to shut out Wales again. Austria have kept four clean sheets in their six international matches. History here should suggest that the Austrians are worth backing for a win, especially with the Welsh losing five of their last six.

Wales v Austria Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365
Austria 13/8, Wales 17/10, Draw 11/5

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February 4th, 2013 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Gareth Bale (Wales)

Wales V Croatia
What with the Gareth Bale inspired win over Scotland in Cardiff have done to the confidence of the Welsh? They were second best for large portions of the game against Scotland, but they managed to turn around a one goal deficit and get three points on the board. That was the first win in charge for Chris Coleman since taking over in January. The question is though, can they push on from that and keep their qualification hopes alive? They face a tough task next as they head to Croatia to take on one of the group favourites. A defeat here could still leave the Welsh largely out of the picture to reach Brazil 2014.

Wales v Croatia Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365:
Croatia 2/7, Draw 4/1, Wales 10/1

Verdict:
Little doubt that Wales are going to be heavy underdogs in Osijek on Tuesday night. They really need a win to try and keep some momentum going. The points against Scotland were the first of their group and they are already four points behind joint leaders Croatia and Belgium. So a loss on Tuesday would leave them very far back and realistically with too much of a hill to climb. So this could be make or break for Wales’ World Cup hopes and having to do it on the road is a big ask. Wales haven’t been in great form at all and have been struggling to find the back of the next. Take Gareth Bale out of the equation on Friday night and the Welsh offered very little on home soil against the Scots. They will face a very technically sound and physically strong Croatia side and the bookies are pretty clear about the chances of Wales in this one. They are underdogs and need to pull out something special Don’t let the Scotland result flatter the opinion of the Welsh too much. There is a big void between themselves and the Croatians.

Croatia are ranked 11th in the FIFA World Rankings while Wales have slipped down to 57th. The Croatians took a 2-1 away win over Macedonia on Friday night, in quite a hard fought match. Croatia had to come behind to secure their first win in three attempts in Skopje but they got the job done being the more forceful of the two sides. That completed the double for Croatia over Macedonia in qualification. The only other game that Croatia have played resulted in a good point away in Belgium, maintaining the status alongside the Belgians as the joint group favourites. Croatia probably are not quite as expansive as the Belgians and don’t offer so much going forward, but they can keep the ball on the deck and they are defensively well disciplined. On home soil you have to favour that they will get more of the ball in the middle of the park, will dictate the pace and flow of the game more than Wales. The visitors will likely try to catch the Croatians on the counter-attack. Croatia are just stronger defensively and that should put them in the driving seat. A Croatia -1.75 Asian Handicap is well priced at 23/20 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Head to Head:
Little history between the two nations as they have met just twice before, neither of the games being competitive ones. They did meet in Osijek in 2010, a game which Croatia comfortably won 2-0 and the only other prior meeting to that was also out in Croatia way back in 2001, a game which ended in a 1-1 draw. Croatians should take advantage of home soil here.

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October 15th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting

Schottland Fan

Wales V Scotland
This is a great Home Nations derby match for the 2014 World Cup qualifiers and both sides need a win. Wales have yet to get a point on the board after two matches into qualification and have been struggling going forward. Scotland meanwhile have perhaps shown more promise but they have been stuttering as well managing only two draws. Both sides have managed just one goal each in qualification so far, who will record a vital three points?

Wales v Scotland Betting Odds at online bookmaker Bet365:
Scotland 8/5, Wales 7/4, Draw 11/5

Verdict:
Wales were gunned down by a very strong and enterprising Belgium side in Cardiff on the opening day of qualification,but the Welsh outfit suggested that their performance was good enough to go and get at least a point off Serbia in their second match. It wasn’t, as Wales were thumped 6-1, leaving them in a pretty big hole, without a point and staring down the barrel of a pretty woeful goal difference standing. This is a tough enough group as it is with Serbia, Croatia and Belgium battling it out at the top, so both will be eyeing up victories in the easier matches to try and at least keep their qualification hopes alive for as long as possible. Scotland opened their account with a draw against Serbia but then a Kenny Miller equaliser was need for the Scots to salvage a point against Macedonia. The issue for the Scots is that both of those matches were at home and that is some advantage lost for them. Points at home are crucial for qualification purposes so have Scotland let things slip through their fingers? Scotland though are perceived to be the better sides of the two and they have shown more promise and need less fixing than Wales do. Scotland are stronger at the back and while both sides lack scoring power Scotland have enough in them to grind out a point in Cardiff. Wales have lost all four matches under Chris Coleman so far since taking over in January and they desperately need to just try and get a point on the board. A straight out draw isn’t too bad value at all at a price of 11/5 with online bookmaker Bet365.

Head to Head:
Plenty of juicy head to head between the two nations, with Scotland holding a pretty strong dominance over the Welsh. Out of 105 meetings, Scotland have picked up 61 wins to the 21 managed by Wales. Their most recent meeting was a friendly in Dublin which Scotland won 3-1 back in 2011. Prior to that, the most recent between the two in Cardiff ended in a resounding 3-0 win for the home sides. In serious business through, they met in the 1986 World Cup qualifiers and produced a 1-1 draw in Cardiff, after Wales had won 1-0 in Glasgow. That match is the only time Wales have beaten Scotland in a World Cup qualification in six comings together.

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October 12th, 2012 / Lee A Jackson - Category: World Cup 2014 Betting










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