World Cup 2010 Qualifiers: England Take On The Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan
Expect England fans to be running around in yellow leotards this weekend as their international side led by Fabio Capello take on Kazakhstan in World Cup 2010 Qualifiers.
Kazakhstan, the ninth largest country in the world and home to fictional film character ‘Borat’, started their campaign in promising fashion, beating Andorra 3-0 at home. Things have not gone well since though, with the side losing their last four games in a row, the latest being a 5-1 drubbing by Belarus. The side are seven points adrift of second-placed Croatia in the group, meaning it would take a footballing miracle for the side to make it to South Africa in 2010.
Meanwhile, England sit comfortably at the top of Group Six, having gone the last eleven games undefeated. New manager Fabio Capello has instilled a newfound discipline into a side that has promised much but delivered little in major competitions.
Yet to lose on the road in this qualifying campaign, England are heavy odds-on favourites to make it four out of four against Kazakhstan, with the bookmakers setting the Three Lions as short as 1/6 (Bet365, PaddyPower and Skybet). If you think the Borat bus will be parked in front of the goal, a draw could be backed at 13/2 with Ladbrokes.
First scorers: Kazakhstan vs. England
Wayne Rooney – 4/1 (Stan James)
Peter Crouch – 5/1 (Victor Chandler, Blue Square, Ladbrokes)
Jermain Defoe – 5/1 (Stan James, Coral)
Emile Heskey – 6/1 (SkyBet, Coral)
Steven Gerrard – 6/1 (Betfred)
Frank Lampard – 13/2 (Coral)
Sergei Ostapenko – 20/1 (Totesport, Sportingbet)