Gordon Strachan has turned the Tartan Army into a resilient defensive outfit in recent games, and Al Hain-Cole expects them to succeed in frustrating their Brazil-bound opponentsNigeria begin their final preparations for this summer’s World Cup with a friendly against Scotland at their adopted London home of Craven Cottage on Wednesday.
The Super Eagles ran out 2-1 winners when the sides last met in a friendly back in 2002 and are 5/4 (2.20) favourites with Paddy Power to come out on top once again this time out.
However, Gordon Strachan’s men have won four and drawn one of their last five fixtures and are available at 21/10 (3.10) at to spoil the hosts’ party with another victory tonight.
Stephen Keshi’s side have recorded draws against Italy and Mexico in their past two exhibition matches, and you can get odds of 11/5 (2.20) on them settling for another stalemate here.
After a slow start to life in charge of the national team, Strachan has really made his mark on the job with a string of impressive recent results, including two victories over Croatia and away wins from tough trips to Macedonia and Poland.
This turnaround has been brought about by instilling the side with a defensive resilience that had been sorely lacking ever since Alex McLeish’s departure seven years ago, the last time they came within touching distance of a major tournament.
Having kept clean sheets in each of the last four games, Strachan’s side should be confident of frustrating an attack that has hit the back of the net just once in their previous three, while their own record of four goals in four suggests a high-scoring game is unlikely.
With this in mind, odds of 8/11 (1.73) seem very reasonable on no more than one team finding the net, in a bet that would have paid out in each of Scotland’s last four and all of their opponents’ previous three games.
In fact, with a tight match seemingly inevitable, it is also well worth backing the 7/4 (2.75) odds on under 1.5 goals going in for the fourth game in a row for each side respectively.
|'No' on Both teams to score for a 2pt stake at 8/11 (1.73) with Paddy Power
||Under 1.5 goals for a 1pt stake at 7/4 (2.75) with Paddy Power
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