THE World Cup qualifiers continue this weekend and the much-anticipated Scotland versus England clash takes place at Hampden on Saturday, (ITV, 5pm kick-off).

England are drawing clear at the top of the group but second place is very much up for grabs and Scotland need to avoid defeat against the ‘Auld Enemy’ to keep in touch with Slovakia and Slovenia. However, the bookmakers quote England at 8/11 to win the match, a draw 13/5 (Ladbrokes) and the Scots 19/4 (Betvictor).

The first goalscorer market is unsurprisingly dominated by English players; Harry Kane heads the list at 15/4, Jermain Defoe is 17/4, Marcus Rashford 19/4 and Jamie Vardy 5/1. Leigh Griffiths is the home nation’s leading fancy at 9/1, Chris Martin is 11/1, Robert Snodgrass 12/1 and Steven Naismith 14/1.

As usual, there is a glut of other markets to bet on: Scotland on a +1 handicap are a best price 6/5 (Bet365), England -1 are 21/10 and the tie 12/5. Three goals or more is a 29/20 chance (Betvictor) while two or less is 3/5.

A point would not be a disaster for either side and it is a reasonably-priced outcome.

Prediction: Scotland 1 England 1.

Northern Ireland’s lengthy trip to Azerbaijan also kicks off at 5pm on Saturday (Sky Sports 3). The Azeri are 27/10 (Betvictor), a draw 2/1 and Norn Iron 13/10 (Bet365).

The Irish are three points ahead of their opponents but after a fast start, Azerbaijan have been thumped by both Northern Ireland and Germany and their position in the standings now looks a false one.

Northern Ireland can cement second place in the group with a comfortable win.

Prediction: Azerbaijan 0 Northern Ireland 3.

Group D takes centre stage on Sunday with a double-header being screened on Sky Sports 1. Republic of Ireland take on Austria (5pm) and are 6/4 (Paddy Power) to emerge victorious; Austria are 11/5 and the draw 21/10.

Serbia host Wales in the later game with both teams defending an unbeaten record in the group. The Eagles are 4/5 (Hills), a draw 5/2 and Wales 9/2 (Betfred).

Predictions: Republic of Ireland 1 Austria 0; Serbia 0 Wales 0.

Labour were as big as 20/1 at the end of April to win the UK General Election but steady support has seen them chopped to 7/1 (Betfair Sportsbook) ahead of today’s vote. The Conservatives are 1/10 while the other parties can be backed at 1000/1 or bigger.

If the prices do not appeal, there are several other markets to explore, such as the number of seats each party wins, for example the SNP’s mark is at 46.5 (5/6 each – over and under), the turnout percentage (60-65 inclusive is 8/5 with bet365), a hung parliament (Unibet are 3/1) and even each local constituency.

The SNP are 1/9 (Hills) to retain Dunfermline and West Fife. The Conservatives are 10/1 (Bet365), Labour 25/1 (Betfred) and the Lib Dems 250/1 (Bet365).