Home Sweet Home (Nations)

This entry was posted on Sunday, May 22nd, 2011

Oy Ma’am – you should have stayed for the football…Although Her Majesty managed to find some time in her busy schedule to visit Ireland this week, a similar trip appears beyond the hectic diary of the England football team. The Irish alas, will just have to play amongst themselves – on Tuesday perhaps when North meets South in Dublin.

For those who missed it, we’re talking Carling Nations Cup of course, a funny old tournament involving the five home nations minus England. So just four home nations then. It kicked off back in February with Ireland beating Wales 3-0, whilst the Scots saw off Northern Ireland by the same margin the following night.

On Monday, it’s the battle of the Irish whilst on Tuesday, Wales take on Scotland. The competition concludes with Wales playing Northern Ireland and Ireland v Scotland later in the week.

If you’re thinking about having a bet, then consider a couple of statistics. Wales haven’t drawn a game since November 2007 – an incredible 28 matches ago. Facing them on Tuesday are the Scots, who also don’t really like draws – just one “happy to take a point” in the last 17 for them. It might therefore be a decent idea to lay the draw with Betfair for that one.

Conveniently enough for the organisers, the crunch game will most probably be the final match in the tournament – Ireland facing Scotland next Sunday evening at the Aviva Stadium. And if it is half as dramatic as the most recent final sponsored by Carling, we could well be in for a treat.

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