England have made an excellent start to Euro 2016 qualifying, winning their opening three matches without conceding a goal and if results go their way this weekend, Roy Hodgson’s boys could find themselves a whopping six points clear at the summit of Group E.
Subsequently, they’re just 1/8 at BetVictor to ultimately get to France by claiming top spot in the pool and those odds could fall yet further if the Three Lions are able to get the better of second-placed Slovenia at Wembley on Saturday.
Inevitably given their home advantage and solid form, England are emphatic favourites to land a maximum haul, Stan James pricing them at 1/3 while the confident visitors will believe that they’ve been underestimated by Ladbrokes, who chalk them up at 11/1 despite their back-to-back victories against Switzerland and Lithuania.
Hodgson’s men toiled in Estonia last time out, Wayne Rooney’s free-kick settling matters 17 minutes from time and the trouble they had penetrating a committed Estonian defence might prompt one or two punters to back a stalemate in this one at 4/1 via bet365.
Similarly, there could be market support for a frustrating, goalless encounter at 21/2 (BetVictor) in a contest that looks set to be far from straightforward for the hosts but the Slovenians have already lost in Tallinn during this campaign and in front of their own supporters, the Three Lions should edge it.
The pair’s last meeting, in the 2010 World Cup, saw England prevail 1-0 and a repeat of that scoreline isn’t out of the question at 9/2 courtesy of betway. Alternatively, Skybet rate any triumph for the home side by a one-goal margin at 5/2 and William Hill go 16/5 about Hodgson’s charges coming out on top following an inconclusive first period.
In attack, Wayne Rooney (3/1, Winner.com) and Danny Welbeck (4/1, Paddy Power) dominate the first scorer betting but there might be some value in thinking slightly outside of the box where goals are concerned.
As there’s every chance England will struggle to break down the visitors, set-pieces could prove crucial and Phil Jagielka, who has struck four times in eleven outings for club and country, is a definite a threat in that department. Bet365 make the Everton man 33/1 to break the deadlock and 14/1 to notch at any stage. At the other end meanwhile, Stan James make Hodgson’s troops 4/5 to combine victory with a clean sheet.