On paper, England weren’t exactly given a tough Euro 2016 qualifying group but you can only beat what’s in front of you and Roy Hodgson’s men have so far gone about their business very efficiently as they look secure a place at next year’s finals in France.
The Three Lions have won all four of their Group E matches, finding the net eleven times in the process and conceding just once – a Jordan Henderson own goal against Slovenia – and subsequently they’re in pole position to qualify as pool winners.
England should tighten their grip on top spot this weekend too, as they take on Lithuania at Wembley and bookies are supremely confident that Hodgson’s troops will claim maximum points, William Hill installing them as favourites at just 1/8.
The visitors arrive as BetVictor’s 22/1 outsiders while it’s 9/1 at bet365 to finish all square but it’s impossible to oppose Hodgson’s charges, especially on home soil and punters looking to cash-in on a likely Three Lions triumph should be contemplating the magnitude of the success.
Those expecting the Lithuanians to make life uncomfortable for their hosts can tackle BetVictor’s 10/3 about Hodgson’s charges shading it by a one-goal margin and it’s 11/2 with Paddy Power for England to prevail 1-0.
Similarly, Winner.com might see money for the 16/5 they mark against the Three Lions coming out on top following an even first period but they should be able to ensure it’s a slightly more straightforward evening and Ladbrokes agree, penalising England by a goal in the handicaps at odds of just 4/9.
More precisely, bet365 offer 9/2 about Hodgson’s side notching twice without reply, Stan James make England 4/9 to be in front at the interval as well as full-time and a home victory combined with a clean sheet looks a banker at 1/2 (bet365).
In attack, Harry Kane’s incredible form for Spurs is likely to be rewarded with a start (2/9, Paddy Power) and the prolific striker is set to be well backed at 10/3 via Coral to break the deadlock. Skipper Wayne Rooney is also a 3/1 shot, this time at betway, to net first and in the same market BetVictor rate Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling at a chunkier 6/1.
Harry Kane to score first – 10/3 (Coral)