England’s Euro 2016 qualifying assignment in Estonia is set to prove a little tougher than San Marino’s visit to Wembley on Thursday, after all they’re 81st in the world rankings whereas the Sammarinese sit proudly in 208th, but ultimately the outcome is likely be exactly the same, in terms of who collects maximum points.
Indeed, the Three Lions are just 1/4 at Skybet to emerge triumphant in Tallinn, where Stan James rate a shock home victory at 11/1 and it’s 5/1 courtesy of BetVictor for the hosts to hold Roy Hodgson’s men to a frustrating stalemate.
Inevitably, the Estonians will look to keep things tight, keeping as many men behind the ball as possible or “parking the bus” to use modern football parlance so there could be a few punters sensing an inconclusive affair.
However, England have the quality to make a breakthrough eventually even if a decent case can be made for an away success following an even first period (13/4, betway) and a relatively comfortable triumph is on the cards for Hodgson’s charges.
Winner.com price England at 4/6, when starting a goal in arrears in the handicaps and It’s a particularly enticing 7/1 courtesy of Paddy Power for the Three Lions to notch three times without reply as they have done in the pair’s previous two meetings.
Elsewhere, a more modest 2-0 victory is a 5/1 shot at BetVictor who also quote 17/20 for Hodgson’s troops to lead at the end of each half and a strong case can be made for bet365’s 10/11 about an away victory ‘to nil’.
In attack finally, Wayne Rooney heads the first scorer betting at 5/2 with William Hill, but a Danny Welbeck opener might appeal to punters more at a slightly heftier 10/3 (bet365). Alternatively, Stan James make the lively Raheem Sterling a tempting 5/1 to break the deadlock.