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FOOTBALL OR RUGBY? SCOTS CAN WIN BOTH; It's 6-4 for a double but look out for Portugal's huge start Mr Fixit BY PAUL JAIN.

Byline: BY PAUL JAIN

THOUGHT I had seen the bet of the season when totesport flagged up 6-4 on Scotland to beat Lithuania and Portugal this weekend.

I fancy us to stun Lithuania in the Euro 2008 qualifiers and we are certs to see off rookies Portugal in rugby's World Cup.

But on closer examination the 6-4 enhanced bet relies on the rugger boys winning by 62 points or more. That's the equivalent of about nine converted tries and I can't remember us scoring that many in 80 minutes.

We are a biggest price 4-11 (Hill, VCbet) to beat Lithuania at Hampden and I'm fairly confident we'll manage it.

In the oval ball game you can get 10-11 on Scotland minus 60 points with Ladbrokes - but it still looks a lot.

Alex McLeish will hopefully put two up front and ask the midfield to push up in support.

The strikers are likely to be Garry O'Connor and Kris Boyd, who are both 5-1 to score first. Thye have a great chance but I prefer the value offered by James McFadden who usually pleases the home support.

Faddy is 7-1 (betfred) while Rangers' Lee McCulloch, 10-1 with betfred, and Celtic hero Scott Brown, 12-1 (Stan James), will have backers after impressive starts to the season.

Davie Weir's chipped in with a few goals during his career and the Rangers centre-half is generally available at 40-1.

Scotland have won every point expected of them so far and while Lithuania will provide stuffy opposition I expect us to win well, with 2-0 or even 3-0 the likely outcome.

The opposition shouldn't worry our defence and Craig Gordon too much while we have plenty of firepower available, with Kris Boyd waiting on the wings to pounce if required.

Scotland are 6-5 with Hill minus one on the handicaps and that's looks good.

Hill have opened a book on how many points Scotland will take from their games against Lithuania and France and three at 4-6 is the favourite.

It's difficult to argue with that but four at 5-1 would be magic while a dreamy six is 12-1. None pays 8-1, one is 4-1 and two is 20-1. O'Connor is 50-1 to net first in both matches with Boyd 40-1.

Scotland should get it easier than England against tough group rivals Israel so take Coral's 5-4 on us to score more goals than the Auld Enemy. England are 11-8 with the draw 10-3.

Skybet have book on which home nation will win by most and make England 5-4, Scotland 11-8, N Ireland 6-1, Rep Ireland 15-2 and Wales 66.1 While Scotland fans are offered a sporting double this weekend England followers can have a 4-1 treble from Coral and totesport on their country beating Israel, India and USA at football, cricket and rugby respectively.

Again the rugby side must win by more than 50 points and it's 33-1 England lose all three.

England are a biggest 4-11 (VCbet) to beat Israel at Wembley and it's by no means a shoe-in. Steve McClaren is going with old stagers Michael Owen and Emile Heskey up front and that duo won't strike fear into any defence.

However, with a defence brilliantly marshalled by John Terry and a midfield that threatens through Frank Lampard and Steven Gerrard I reckon England will win 1-0. Coral offer evens they will take six points from home games against Israel and Russia.

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FLYING THE FLAG: Garry O'Connor and Chris Paterson hope to shout the odds for Scotland this weekend
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Date:Sep 8, 2007
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