England host Moldova in this crucial world cup qualifier for Roy Hodgson’s men at Wembley on Friday night, with the match being screened live on ITV1.
The Three Lions currently sit second in Group H behind Montenegro, although have played a game less. At 1/16, Roy Hodgson's side are massive favourites to secure a victory, with an unlikely win for Moldova priced at 33/1 and the draw at 14/1. All odds quoted are available with Sky Bet.
England’s qualification form has been average so far with three wins and three draws, and their only victories have been against whipping boys San Marino both home and away, and their Eastern European rivals Moldova in Chisinau.
Their other performances in the group have been below par, including conceding second half equalizers to draw on the road with Poland and Montenegro respectively, and also needing Frank Lampard to convert a late penalty to nick a point at home to Ukraine.
However, England’s performances and results in friendlies of late have been much better. In their double header against Brazil, A 2-1 win over at Wembley was followed by a credible 2-2 draw in The Maracana in June. England also came from behind twice to defeat the ‘auld enemy’ Scotland 3-2 last month.
Moldova will be hoping to frustrate their hosts on Friday night, and have improved their own results in recent years. So far, they have taken five points from seven games, which included decent draws at home to both Poland and Ukraine. However, Moldova were beaten 5-0 at home by England in their first group game.
I can see no other outcome than a very comfortable win for England here against weak opponents. A win without conceding looks likely, with in-form striker Daniel Sturridge a good bet to score in this game.
England v Moldova Betting Tips
Daniel Sturridge to score first – 5/2 with William Hill
A £10 stake returns £35
4-0 England Correct Score – 6/1 with Ladbrokes
A £10 stake returns £70
England HT/ England FT – 1/3 with Paddy Power
A £10 stake returns £13.33
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