Football betting tips: Scotland losing run to end against San Marino, Bale and James to fire for Wales and Abraham to score for England – The Sun

THE international action continues following a few cracking games over the last couple of days.

Scotland, Wales and England are among the home nations with another match on the horizon and we've got some betting tips for you.

Scotland vs San Marino – Sunday, 5pm

RIGHT, even the Scots can't mess this one up.

Surely not.

Qualification though the group stage looks like it's passed them by after dismal back-to-back defeats against Russia and Belgiu and then the 4-0 hiding by Russia on Thursday,

But never fear, the Nations League is here to help.

Scotland can still reach next year's Euros through the new-look playoffs next March – and Steve Clarke can use these remaining Group I games to get a bit of confidence flowing.

Who better then to face than minnows San Marino?

Without a goal since September 2017, the visitors last came to Scotland in 2001 when they were on the end of a 4-0 drubbing.

As ever when it's San Marino, they will look to pack their own area and frustrate rather than be expansive.

Russia put NINE past them on their own patch earlier this year – and Scotland should be looking to do the same.

The Tartan Army haven't had much to cheer over the past few years. At least they'll see goals in the right net on Sunday.

Scotland to win and over 4.5 goals: 1/3

Scots to match Russia and win 9-0: 14/1

Wales vs Croatia – Sunday, 7.45pm

IT'S a crucial international weekend for Ryan Giggs.

Their faltering campaign finally spluttered into life in September as Gareth Bale netted a late winner against Azerbaijan.

Up until that point, the Welsh had been fearing the worst after back-to-back defeats to Hungary and Croatia.

It's the World Cup finalists who rock up on Sunday evening to the Cardiff City Stadium.

Nearly seven years have passed since the Croatians last visited Wales in a competitive fixture, when late strikes from Eduardo and Dejan Lovren cancelled out an early Bale penalty.

Goals haven't been easy to come by so far in this qualification campaign for the hosts.

But here in the capital they're two wins from two, no matter how ugly both of them were.

This Welsh side step up when it matters most and we're confident they will be lining up at next year's Euros.

With Bale back fit – and importantly playing regular football for Real – he can light this one up in Cardiff.

Croatia always score on the road so the Welsh will need to grab two if they're to take all three points – and we reckon with Dan James on one flank and Bale on the other, they have the necessary firepower.

Back the Madrid star to net anytime, whilst a play on Wales to grab a crucial win with BTTS is great value.

Wales to beat Croatia and BTTS: 11/2

Bale to score anytime: 9/5

Wales to win 2-1 in Cardiff: 10/1

Bulgaria vs England – Monday, 7.45pm.

ANOTHER potential banana skin tie for England following on from the shock 2-1 defeat to Czech Republic.

It's eight years since they last visited Bulgaria, when the Three Lions returned to Blighty with all three Euro 2012 qualifying points after a 3-0 win.

That will do nicely for Southgate, who will have his young side well drilled and up for this one.

Bulgaria have proved to be the weakest side in the group and are winless at home after a draw with Montenegro and defeat to Kosovo.

They've scored in both of those games and do carry a decent goal-threat in the form of Botov midfielder Todor Nedelev.

But we see this being all one way traffic, just as it was when England dismantled the hosts 4-0 back at Wembley.


With England struggling in attack against the Czechs, the door could open for Chelsea's Tammy Abraham to properly announce himself on the international stage.

We tipped him to score first at Southampton last weekend and he duly obliged, netting his first Premier League goal since an impressive hat-trick against Wolves.

With Harry Kane – and the entire Spurs contingent – out of sorts, the fearless young Chelsea striker can pick up the slack.

Wait for the team-sheet, but if Abraham stars make sure you back him to open his senior international account.

England will be at Euro 2020, that much is a given after this ruthless campaign.

And in qualifying, they don't mess these games up any more. There will be goals – make sure you're on.

England to win to nil: 8/13

Over 3.5 goals in Sofia: 29/20

Tammy Abraham to score first senior international goal: 5/6

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