Live on ITV1: Tue 19.45: Returning England striker Wayne Rooney has been all the rage amongst punters ahead of his side’s final Euro 2012, Group D encounter against Ukraine, with Coral’s 11/2 for the Manchester United man to break the deadlock in Donetsk and Betfred’s 13/8 for the talismanic centre forward to score at any time a couple of the bets attracting cash.
Rooney’s comeback is a timely boost for Roy Hodgson’s men as they seek to book a place in the last eight of the tournament and Paddy Power price the Three Lions at 5/4 to do just that by getting the better of the co-hosts, Boylesports’ 11/4 outsiders.
A point, at 12/5 via Skybet, would be enough to put England through and as both games so far have been tight, that quote is likely to prove popular, alongside William Hill’s 6/1 for it to finish one-each and Stan James’ 9/2 for both halves to end level.
However, buoyed by the return of Rooney, Hodgson’s troops should have the edge, especially as there is more pressure on Oleg Blokhin’s charges and consequently, a case can be made for Ladbrokes’ 3/1, chalked against an England success by a one-goal margin.
BetVictor offer 17/2 for the Three Lions to shade it 2-1 and in what looks set to be a tight, tense affair, it’s worth considering bet365’s 9/2 for Hodgson’s team to come out on top despite a level first period.
Danny Welbeck and Andy Carroll meanwhile, both found the net against Sweden and the pair are fighting it out to retain their place in attack alongside Rooney, who will go straight back into the starting eleven. The Liverpool powerhouse is 11/10 to be given the nod according to Coral, but Welbeck is the likeliest selection and can be backed at 4/6.