England’s performance across the World Cup qualifying campaign would probably be best described as solid but unspectacular but boss Roy Hodgson has seven months to fine-tune things before his team kicks a ball in next year’s tournament and the final preparations for the Three Lions begin this weekend as they entertain Chile.
Jorge Sampaoli’s troops have also made it to Brazil and they’re currently trading at 50/1 with Winner.com to lift the trophy. England meanwhile, are a significantly shorter 20/1 via Stan James and are expectd to confirm that assumed superiority at Wembley, where they’re odds-on at 10/11 (BetVictor) to emerge triumphant.
Skybet post 7/2 against the Chileans, Paddy Power chalk a stalemate up at 5/2 and it’s 18/5 at BetVictor to result in a score draw, but even accounting for the inevitable withdrawals from the squad, Hodgson’s men should make home advantage count to register a narrow success.
It’s 11/4 courtesy of bet365 for the Three Lions to come out on top by a one-goal margin, Stan James quote them at 7/2 to only secure the victory after an even first period and more specifically, BetVictor price the hosts at 8/1 to grab the game’s only goal.
Alternatively, punters expecting the friendly nature of the contest to mean a match tally of at least three goals (5/6, Stan James) can tackle bet365’s 15/2 about Hodgson’s charges finishing on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
Elsewhere, betway quote hefty-looking odds of 7/10 for England to be the team that breaks the deadlock and in-form Manchester United front man Wayne Rooney is bet365’s 5/1 favourite to be the man to grab that opener.
However, injury doubts and the fact that Hodgson may wish to introduce some new faces, make it difficult to accurately predict who will start the game in attack so it may be worth considering a flutter in the ‘Anytime Goal Scorer’ market.