After a flying start to their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, England have stuttered a touch over their last three Group G games, winning just one of them, in Wales, and drawing at home to Switzerland and Montenegro. Nevertheless, Fabio Capello’s men remain top of the group on goal difference and they’re strong favourites at 4/6 with Ladbrokes to consolidate that position by collecting maximum points in Bulgaria.
The hosts are Paddy Power’s 11/2 outsiders but as they have managed just one win in their five qualifiers, scoring only twice in the process, they look up against it, even though some punters might fancy bet365’s 14/5 for England to be held to another frustrating stalemate.
Knowing that they aren’t far from booking their place in next year’s tournament, the Three Lions should emerge triumphant and although a repeat of their 4-0 triumph from the corresponding fixture at Wembley is a bit of a big ask at 28/1 (Sportingbet), England can again prevail ‘to nil’, an outcome Partybets price at 8/5.
Betdaq chalk Capello’s troops up at 6.0 (5/1) to grab the only goal and with Bulgaria looking a touch more solid since appointing Lothar Matthaus as coach, they can make England wait for the breakthrough, so a case can be made for Totesport’s 10/3, posted against an away win following a drawn first half.
Elsewhere, Boylesports rate an England success by a one-goal margin at 11/5, it’s 4/6 with for the contest to produce fewer than three goals and the first goal is even money via Stan James, to be struck after the 27th minute.
That opener is 9/2 (Coral) to be scored by Wayne Rooney, who joins up with his country in confident mood following his brace of free kicks for Manchester United against Arsenal. Ashley Young meanwhile, also notched twice in that emphatic 8-2 triumph on Sunday and Skybet rate the former Villa man at 5/2 to find the net at any time in Sofia.