With Fletcher recalled by Craig Levein, Adam Bate sees the battle to be Scotland's top goalscorer in World Cup qualifying hotting up and is backing the Sunderland striker at 5/2
Kenny Miller netted the Scots' only goal in their opening two matches – both drawn – and as a result he is joint-favourite to top the charts at the end of the campaign.
Miller can be backed at 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill to be Scotland top scorer in World Cup qualifying. If it’s a dead heat then the money is paid out on half the stake.
But Miller is surely a man whose career is on the slide. The 32-year-old joined Vancouver Whitecaps earlier this year and looks to be a fading force – whether he is even in the squad in a year’s time must be up for debate.
That’s because youngsters such as Jordan Rhodes are pushing hard for a chance.
The 22-year-old scored a remarkable 40 goals for Huddersfield last season and then netted on full debut for Scotland against Australia.
Rhodes’ £8million move to Blackburn has further raised his profile and he can expect opportunities in this World Cup qualifying campaign.
Rhodes is 7/2 (4.50) with William Hill to be Scotland’s highest goalscorer in this tough World Cup qualifying campaign.
But the Oldham-born forward has been ruled out of the trips to Wales and Belgium over the next week so is already playing catch-up.
So the pick of the bets must be the returning Fletcher.
Five goals in his first four Premier League games of the season for new club Sunderland indicate that this is a man who is fit and firing.
This may be a difficult qualifying group but Fletcher has eight games in which to turn around a one-goal deficit to Miller.
With Rhodes out and no other likely candidates, backing the 25-year-old looks the smart move. Fletcher is 5/2 (3.50) joint-favourite with William Hill to be Scotland’s top goalscorer in Group A.
|Fletcher Top Scorer at 5/2 (3.50) with William Hill
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