Scotland-Wales Betting Preview: Dragons can be backed to hold Strachan's side

Neither team have made a strong start to their World Cup 2014 qualification campaign and Willie Duncan is expecting both to score but settle for a share of the spoils
Scotland sit bottom of World Cup 2014 qualification Group A after picking up just two points from their opening four matches but the Scots, now under the stewardship of new manager Gordon Strachan, will look to restore some pride when they play host to Chris Coleman’s Wales at Hampden Park on Friday.

Craig Levein was in charge of the Scots when they were held to successive home draws against Serbia and Macedonia back in September, but with Strachan taking charge of the side in competitive action for the first time, they are installed as BetVictor’s 17/20 (1.85) favourites to claim their first win of the campaign against Wales on Friday.

Chris Coleman’s men have lost three of their opening four qualifying matches, including a 6-1 mauling against Serbia, but a late Gareth Bale double sealed a 2-1 victory for Wales when they hosted Scotland in October.

The visitors are rated as a 19/5 (4.80) chance to do the double over the Scots with victory at Hampden while the same firm offer a tempting 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in stalemate.

Wales failed to score in their first four matches under Chris Coleman’s stewardship but it is worth noting that they have scored in three of their last four matches – winning two of them – and the former Fulham manager will be hoping that his side can build on that momentum in Glasgow.

Scotland were often accused of employing negative tactics under previous boss Craig Levein and although they will likely adopt a more attacking approach under Gordon Strachan, the former Celtic boss will be concerned that his side have conceded in nine of their last 11 matches.

With that in mind, BetVictor’s even money (2.0) quote for both teams to find the net at Hampden Park looks to be a solid selection here.

Wales have lost just one of their last seven matches against the Scots and the visitors can extend that record by claiming a point here at a tempting 13/5 (3.60) with BetVictor while those looking to squeeze extra value from this fixture should consider backing the chunky 7/1 (8.0) with the same firm for this match to end in a 1-1 draw on Friday.

Both teams to score at even money (2.0) with BetVictor
1-1 draw at 7/1 (8.0) with BetVictor

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter