It has been relatively easy for England so far in Group E. Two games, six points, seven goals scored, none conceded. With England chasing maximum points against Estonia (5pm) here’s some value bets as kick-off approaches in Tallinn.
There’s added incentive for Wayne Rooney as he chases down England’s third-placed goalscorer Jimmy Greaves’ on 44 international goals. The England captain scored the last time these sides met (Wembley, 2007). With three international goals in his last five games Rooney is 13/5 to get the opener tonight or 4/6 to score at anytime.
But two of Rooney’s goals have come from the spot there may be a bit of value in backing England to score a penalty @ 9/2 – especially if Raheem Sterling’s dizzying runs can unsettle the Estonian defence.
At 2/7 in the win draw win market, there’s little juice in England’s price. But Roy Hodgson’s side have kept a clean sheet in their last four international games (San Marino, Norway, Switzerland & Costa Rica) and Gary Cahill (above) & Co. will look to keep it tight at the back.
Estonia haven’t scored in six of their last seven games so Joe Hart can expect a quieter time of it than Shaun Williamson’s agent. The Manchester City keeper is 4/6 to keep a clean sheet.
The sides met twice in qualifying for Euro 2008 with the Three Lions running out 3-0 winners at Wembley and Tallinn in 2007.
With seven goals in their first two qualifying games this England side will feel they can hit the onion sack and press home any early advantage. The 7/1 about history repeating itself has been tempting punters all morning while England to win (-2 on the handicap) is 21/10.
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