The meeting of England and Scotland at Wembley in Group F on Friday night should be a passionate and powerful affair but ultimately the home side ought to be too strong for Scotland.
Gordon Strachan made a strong start to his tenure as Scotland boss but things have really started to run dry in recent times. The Tartan Army are anything but united behind Strachan right now and a crushing Wembley defeat could leave him staring into the abyss.
The manner of the last time out 3-0 defeat against Slovakia was further woe for Scotland after they had needed a last-gasp goal at Hampden Park to save their blushes against Lithuania.
England on the other hand have taken seven points from nine and can usually be relied upon to perform in qualifying games.
With interim boss Gareth Southgate steadying the ship since Sam Allardyce left, England are 20/59 with ComeOn! to get the Wembley win.
The current Scotland set-up is short on top-tier quality – only Darren Fletcher, James McArthur and Robert Snodgrass are featuring regularly in the Premier League. Southgate meanwhile can summon men like Theo Walcott, Adam Lallana and Raheem Sterling – players that have sparkled for their clubs this term and will pose Scotland major problems.
Conceding a one-goal start, England are 1/1 with ComeOn! and it will be a surprise if they don’t have something to spare by full-time.
Lithuania have been the surprise package in Group F so far, taking seven points from nine available. With Slovakia hitting their stride against Scotland last time, out they may see their momentum checked in Trnava. Likewise, victory looks assured for Slovenia in their trip to Malta.
At just over 11/10 with ComeOn! victories for England, Slovakia and Slovenia look the way to play Group F on Friday.
Building on their fine showing at Euro 2016, Northern Ireland sit third in Group C after three games. While world champions are no surprise on top, it certainly has caught the eye to see Azerbaijan in second spot after two wins and a draw so far.
A win in Belfast would really put Michael O’Neill’s team in great shape and they are 4/7 to grab it. That may be underestimating the stubborn streak in this Azerbaijan side however and at 51/20 it could prove profitable to back them to maintain their strong start by taking a point from Windsor Park.
Norway face the Czech Republic in Prague in what is already a do-or-die tussle for both. Just one victory from six games between them means they are in danger of blowing their chances completely.
Norway were level with San Marino after 77 minutes in their previous game, while the Czechs have yet to score in three. Neither nation has the quality of years gone by and it looks worth siding with the draw in this one, priced at 9/4 with ComeOn!
Elsewhere on Friday, Poland’s attacking prowess could help them pick up a valuable away win over Romania. The Poles, with seven goals in three games so far, are 6/4 to win in Bucharest.