SCOTLAND will be looking for a convincing win against Wales to set up a Carling Nations Cup decider against Republic of Ireland on Sunday.

I tipped the Republic to win to nil at 11-8 with Paddy Power but never imagined they'd rout their neighbours 5-0.

How Scotland would love a similar result in Dublin against the Welsh but having not beaten their opponents since 1984 Craig Levein would probably settle for any kind of victory.

After a hectic season the last thing most players needed was a couple of internationals at the end of it.

It's certainly not what Kris Commons wanted. The Celtic star pulled out of the Scotland squad citing exhaustion and a hamstring injury.

He's not the only one with Wales and Scotland without a clutch of first-choice players for Wednesday's Carling Nations Cup clash.

It makes predicting a winner more difficult but having won their opener 3-0 against Northern Ireland I fancy Craig Levein's men to be more focused on the tournament.

Scotland are a best 13-10 with William Hill and 3-10 with the firm not to lose.

I think the favourites will edge out a Welsh side who are 5-2 at Chandler with the draw 12-5 with Paddy Power.

And for the Scots to win to nil you can have 11-4 with Paddy Power.

Scotland certainly owe Wales one after a couple of heavy defeats in Cardiff recently but this one's on neutral soil and promises to be a low-key affair.

While Levein has lost the likes of Commons and Craig Mackail-Smith he still has talisman Kenny Miller who has travelled after a successful first season in Turkey.

Miller always puts in a shift for Scotland and I fancy him at 6-1 with Coral to score first.

Comeback star Ross McCormack is 8-1 at Coral and deadball expert Charlie Adam is always worth a punt.

The Blackpool ace, who netted a cracking free-kick at Old Trafford on Sunday, is 9-1 (various) as he tries to impress clubs looking to return him to the top flight.

Wales have doubts over 8-1 (Skybet) chance Craig Bellamy so their most likely lad is Nottingham Forest's Robert Earnshaw who bagged a consolation against Swansea in the Championship play-off semi-finals. He is 15-2 with Skybet.

William Hill are asking if Scotland will spring a leak. This is how many goals will score and go 6-5 none, 11-8 one, 15-4 two, 14-1 three and 40-1 four or more.

For Scotland it's 21-10 none, 6-4 one, 11-4 two, 7-1 three and 16-1 four or more.


Adam to score

(10-3, Paddy Power)


Scotland 2, Wales 0

(10-1, Paddy Power)


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