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Sportingbet preview: Euro qualifiers

Posted on 8 October 2010  - 12:00

Our betting partners Sportingbet take you through tonight's Euro 2012 qualifying matches...

Our betting partners Sportingbet take you through tonight's Euro 2012 qualifying matches...

With no domestic action this weekend for Spurs all eyes will be on the Euro 2012 qualifiers on Friday night with Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland all back in action and gunning for international glory.

So let's see if we here at Sportingbet can point you in the right direction of a few winning weekend bets!

Scotland sit top of Group I and head to Prague for a crucial duel with Czech Republic. The Czechs suffered a surprise 1-0 defeat at home to Lithuania last time out and are hot favourites at 13/20 to turn Scottish hopes sour. Craig Levein's team were lucky to escape with a last-minute win when hosting Liechtenstein but an away win in Prague looks good value at 4/1 with the draw priced at 12/5. With the expectation off Scottish shoulders, the visitors should fancy their chances and are 9/1 on Sportingbet's double result market to turn a half-time draw into a full-time victory.

Wales host Bulgaria in Cardiff with both countries under new management. Brian Flynn has taken over the role from John Toshack but is likely to be without talisman Craig Bellamy or fellow striker Rob Earnshaw for Friday's fixture. Wales are 7/5 to put a further dent in Bulgaria's lacklustre start to Group G, with the draw at 21/10. Bulgaria will be looking to end a run of six games without a win and are 7/4 to come away with all three points. Gareth Bale is in fine form for Spurs and is 8/1 to break the deadlock in Sportingbet's first goalscorer market. Celtic's Joe Ledley is available at 14/1 and Aston Villa defender James Collins an alternative at 25/1.

Northern Ireland had a dream start to Group C when they stole a 1-0 win in Slovenia but will have to be on top of their game to turn over the visiting Italians at Windsor Park on Friday evening. Italy have been ruthless in their opening two fixtures, sitting top of the table with a 100% record and are 13/20 with Sportingbet to continue their run of victories. If you fancy the draw, it's available at 12/5 with a famous Northern Ireland win priced at 4/1. There's no doubt Belfast will provide a rip-roaring atmosphere but we fancy Italy to silence the home support and you can get 11/2 on a 2-0 away win in the correct score market.

Finally, the Republic of Ireland welcome Russia to Dublin and will be keen to hold onto their position at the top of Group B. Russia were surprisingly beaten at home to Slovakia last time out and Ireland are 6/4 to win with Sportingbet and pile more misery on Dick Advocaat's charges. It's 21/10 for the two teams to share a point with the Russians 13/8 to grab an away win. Ireland's leading all-time goalscorer Robbie Keane is 8/5 to score at anytime whilst Russian skipper Andrei Arshavin has been chalked up at 14/5 in the same market.

Fancy a £50 Free Bet? Well just answer the question set by former England player Steve Bull in our weekly podcast. Email us at with the answer and you'll be in the running. This week's podcast has all the best tips from Euro 2012 and former England international Steve Bull gives us his view on the latest football action.