YOU have to wear a hard hat when betting on friendlies and I wouldn't be looking at the games unless Scotland and England were in action.

I hate betting on friendlies and on Scotland – so that leaves me with a dilemma tonight. Gordon Strachan's side face a pretty ordinary Canada at Easter Road and the first question has to be why?

All the focus should be on Sunday's make-or-break qualifier with Slovenia and tonight's team won't feature anyone he feels can play a major role in that World Cup tie.

Even uncapped Celtic midfielder Stuart Armstrong is being held back but Strachan has said the likes of Ryan Fraser, Tom Cairney, Jordan Rhodes and Steven Fletcher will be given game time while Burnley's Scott Arfield will play against the country of his birth having been snubbed by Scotland.

Leigh Griffiths has hardly kicked a ball for Celtic this year and could start. He is 6-4 at bet365 to score at anytime.

Canada also include Dundee's Marcus Haber, Falkirk's Lucas Gasparotto and ex-Hearts man Fraser Aird with most of their MLS stars left at home.

Scotland are hot favourites at 2-5 with William Hill with a weak Canada 19-2 at Marathonbet and the draw 10-3 at McBookie.

It's a game we should be winning but there will be new faces, experiments and plenty of changes during the game.

Until the starting line-up is revealed the only bet I'd consider is under 2.5 match goals at 4-5 with Marathonbet.

Elsewhere England face old foes Germany and amazingly the last five meetings of the sides have been won by the away team.

An England victory in Dortmund pays 4-1 at William Hill but this is a top-class German team and goals could be the way to go.

Only one of the last six meetings have gone under three goals with three producing more than 4.5 goals.

Over 2.5 match goals pays 8-9 at 188BET while over 3.5 is 9-4 at BetBright for the more ambitious.

Even both teams to score is on offer at 16-19 with 188BET and while England are minus star striker Harry Kane the Germans will be without No.1 keeper Manuel Neuer.

To win on the night Germany are red-hot favourites 3-4 with Paddy Power but they'd rather win tournaments than friendlies so stick to goals.

Bets to Consider

Scotland v Canada under 2.5 goals

Germany v England over 1.5 goals

Double pays 13-10, Marathonbet

  1. alex_mufc83 5 years ago

    sorry to do a geo but second line of first sentence should be “weren’t” instead of “were”

    oh lawd what have I become…

    • Mr Fixit 5 years ago

      Sorted. Geo will be pleased with his pupils.

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