• Thu 27 Oct, 2016
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Back Carroll With England

The Daily Star’s Chief Football writer, Danny Fullbrook, gives his verdict on this Saturday’s televised matches in the Euro 2012 qualifiers .


Wales v England, Sat 25th Mar, 15.00, Skysports 1
Wales are 116th in Fifa’s rankings, so on that basis alone England, who are sixth, should wipe the floor with them at 4/9 (Coral).

But that logic never works out so Saturday’s game is bound to be far tighter than anyone would reasonably expect. The last time England visited the Welsh capital when Sven Goran Eriksson was in charge they won by a solitary goal scored by Joe Cole, while Paul Robinson made a series of great saves. A repeat scoreline is 11/2 with 888sport.

The chances of Wales producing a major upset has been diminished by the fact Gareth Bale is out of the clash with a hamstring injury, which is a shame for the spectacle, but not for John Terry and the rest of the England defenders.

Even with the majority of the 70,000 expected crowd at the Millennium Stadium behind them, Gary Speed’s side face a major uphill battle. They have lost all of their first three games in Group G, scoring once while conceding six. England’s draw with Montenegro in their previous game was a knockback, but they should be strong enough to win this game.

For me they will win 2-0, which is 11/2 with Betfred, but a more interesting bet might be the first goalscorer. Andy Carroll is likely to start alongside Wayne Rooney and the Liverpool man is 6/1 to score first (bet365). But given what Terry has been through in the build-up to this game, he usually responds in the only way he knows how – leading from the front – so he is chalked up by Stan James at an attractive 20/1 to score first.

But if you think that Wales might upset the applecart then simply back them to win on the nose which is a massive 8/1 (Paddy Power).

Rep. Of Ireland v FYR Macedonia, Sat 25th Mar, 19.45, Skysports 1
The Republic on the other hand are a far tougher prospect, especially with Damien Duff enjoying a swansong in the back end of his career.

They are very tough to beat at home, and on that basis it is no wonder they are 1/2 with Stan James to win. Back Duff to score first though and you can get 9/1 (bet365).

Compare all Euro 2012 Odds and bet at the best prices.

Happy Punting



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