England’s comfortable victory over Moldova propelled them to the summit of their World Cup qualifying group and with just three games of the campaign remaining, Roy Hodgson’s men are subsequently in the box seat in terms of clinching top spot.
Nevertheless, defeat in Ukraine would take matters out of England’s own hands so it’s vital that the Three Lions emerge with something from the trip to Kiev.
Bet365 post 7/4 against an England success, a result that would be a huge boost to their automatic qualification chances while the hosts are 9/5 courtesy of BetVictor and it’s 23/10 via bwin for the spoils to be shared, a result that would be far from disastrous for Hodgson’s side.
Indeed, a point would keep England in charge of their own fate and you get the feeling that at this juncture, they would settle for a draw in the Olympic Stadium.
The case for a stalemate is further strengthened by the fact that the pair were inseperable in the corresponding fixture at Wembley and as the teams have both been defensively sound in Group H, a tight affair appears inevitable.
A tally of fewer than three goals at 7/10 (888Sport) looks a pretty safe bet then and Skybet’s 8/1 chalked against a goalless affair stands out, especially as the Three Lions are slightly short on numbers in attack.
Alternatively, Ladbrokes offer 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline and if England are to score you wouldn’t bet against Rickie Lambert continuing the fine start to his international career. The Southampton man is 5/2 with 888Sport to notch at any time.