Familiar foes face off at Hampden Park, plus five other Saturday acca bets

Scotland face Israel for the seventh time in the past three years, while the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland both face tricky trips as World Cup qualifying continues.

Four out of the five home nations are in action on a sizzling Saturday of international action, and we've selected six bets for you to pick from for your Saturday evening acca.

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Scotland vs Israel

Scotland celebrate vs Austria Sep21

Remarkably, this will be the fifth time these sides have faced each other since September 2020, and what we have learned in that time is there is very little to separate these two teams, with three out of the four games ending in draws and the fourth won 1-0 by Israel.

A look at the Group F table tells a similar story, with both sides locked in a three-way battle with Austria for second place, behind a seemingly unstoppable Denmark side.

Scotland lie in second place with three wins to their name, the most impressive of which was a 1-0 victory in Austria last time out, and only runaway group leaders Denmark have defeated Steve Clarke's men.

Israel are just a point behind the Scots but they need to bounce back from a 5-0 loss against Denmark last time out, although a 5-2 victory against Austria prior to that shows that they will be no pushovers.

Given the previous results between these two sides the draw is a tempting prospect at 23/10, but with none of their last four games going past the two-goal mark, we're going for under 2.5 goals at Hampden Park.

Azerbaijan vs Republic of Ireland

Stephen Kenny Republic of Ireland boss Sep21

This has been a miserable qualifying campaign for the Republic of Ireland as they currently lie second from bottom in Group A, four points behind the mighty Luxembourg having played a game more!

Stephen Kenny's men are winless with just a point against Serbia and Azerbaijan to show for their efforts, and an embarrassing 1-0 loss at home to Luxembourg was probably the lowest moment for the Republic of Ireland in the last decade.

So far, so depressing for Irish fans but one ray of light is they are facing a side who are even worse than they are, as the hosts have just one point from their six Group A games.

However, even at 6/5 we can't bring ourselves to back the Irish and, with both sides having netted a paltry eight goals between them in 10 games we're going for under 2.5 goals once again.

Switzerland vs Northern Ireland

Switzerland Fabian Frei, Northern Ireland Shayne Lavery

North of the Irish border there's a more positive story to tell as Ian Baraclough's men are third in Group C with five points from four games, losing just once, against Italy, in the opening round of matches.

Since that game, Northern Ireland are unbeaten in three group matches, conceding just once and securing a creditable 0-0 draw with Switzerland in the reverse fixture.

However, that was a rare stumble for the Swiss as Murat Yakin's men are unbeaten with two wins and two draws and just one goal conceded from their four group matches, and second-placed Switzerland have leaders Italy in their sights thanks to their two games in hand.

With both sides having conceded just four goals in eight Group C matches, this looks like being another tight game. And, with the last three matches between these two sides having produced a grand total of one goal we're happy backing, drumroll please, under 2.5 goals once again!

Moldova vs Denmark

Moldova Alexandru Epureanu Denmark Kasper Dolberg Mar21

Seemingly galvanised by an eventful European Championships, Denmark have started their World Cup qualification campaign in barnstorming fashion and they are the only side in any of the groups with a 100% record thanks to six wins out of six.

Even more remarkably, Kasper Hjulmand's men have yet to concede a goal and it's hard to see anything other than a comfortable Danish win against a side they defeated 8-0 in the reverse fixture.

The home side are rock bottom of Group F with just a solitary draw against the Faroe Islands to show for their qualifying campaign, and we reckon that record is only going to get worse against the daring Danes.

Denmark to win to nil is 40/85, which will probably do for many punters, but with the form they are in and the extra motivation that a victory will all but seal top spot, we reckon the value bet here is the Danes -2.

Finland vs Ukraine

Finland Joel Pohjanpalo, Ukraine Viatliy Mykolenko Mar21

Group D is undoubtedly the European qualifying campaign's most open group, where France should come out on top but below them all four sides have realistic aspirations of finishing second.

A win for either Finland or Ukraine in Helsinki would separate them from the pack nicely, but a look at their records hardly inspires confidence as the visitors have drawn all five of their games, while the hosts have won one, drawn two and lost one of their four matches.

The reverse fixture ended in a 1-1 draw after Ukraine conceded a last-minute penalty that was duly converted by Teemu Pukki, and the Norwich man could be the difference between the two sides if he can rediscover last season's form.

He'll be facing a Ukraine defence that has yet to keep a clean sheet in five group matches, while the Finns have just one shutout in four games, so in a tight encounter we reckon both teams to score is the way to go here.

Hungary vs Albania

England in Hungary Declan Rice flare

This game will be played behind closed doors after the actions of certain Hungary fans during their home game against England last month, and the hosts may well miss their raucous support when they take on Albania.

The visitors lie second in Group I, but it can be considered a false position with the Albanians having already played San Marino twice and Andorra once, although a 1-0 win in the reverse fixture proved that they can certainly hang with their more experienced opponents.

Hungary are fourth, two points behind Albania and they will know that now is the time to step on the gas if they are to ensure a top-two berth, with games against Poland and England looming large.

Albania also have the incentive that a win in Budapest would open up a five-point gap between them and Hungary, so even without fans we're expecting a full-blooded encounter, with both teams to score the final addition to our Saturday acca.

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