The Scotland team to face the Czech Republic on Saturday has already been named, with Darren Fletcher returning as captain to represent his country for the first time in 2011.
The midfielder has only played two Manchester United matches since the start of March, although Craig Levein knows that he is key to Scotland’s hopes of finishing second behind Spain in Group H.
The bookmakers are struggling to separate the two teams that will meet at Hampden Park on Saturday, with bet365 (£200 free bets) offering a best price 13/8 that the Scots claim a victory which would move them two points behind their opponents with a game in hand on them.
Kenny Miller will spearhead the attack and the Cardiff striker is a 6/1 chance (Ladbrokes – £50 free betting) while Charlie Adam will be looking to get forward as much as possible and can be backed at 10/1 for the opening goal.
The Czech Republic have won three and lost two of their Euro 2012 qualifying matches to date, having narrowly beaten Scotland last October by a 1-0 scoreline which saw Levein heavily criticised for defensive tactics.
The manager will come in for plenty of flak if the visitors win again and Paddy Power offer 7/4 that they take a decisive step towards a play-off place by claiming victory in this match. Perhaps the draw offers the best value of all at odds of 23/10.
Even so, Scotland played very well when losing 3-2 at home to Spain in their last competitive match and you can get 7/2 that they lead at half-time and full-time in this game.