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World Cup betting preview: Moldova v England

England open their World Cup 2014 qualifying campaign against Moldova tonight without the services of a number of key players.

Striker Wayne Rooney didn’t even make the squad due to injury, while defender Ashley Cole, who was selected, is out of the away fixture with an ankle problem.

Winger Adam Johnson is also unavailable due to a thigh injury and has returned to his club Sunderland for treatment.

Steven Gerrard, Danny Welbeck, Glen Johnson, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Michael Carrick and Tom Cleverley participated only in gym work rather than full training on Monday, having played for their respective clubs on Sunday, while John Terry took part in a full training session having seemingly recovered from a neck strain.

The fixed-odds service of online betting exchange Betfair make England 2/7 favourites for the match, with Moldova offered at 10/1. The draw is priced at 4/1.

England striker Jermain Defoe is 16/5 favourite to score the first goal, ahead of fellow frontmen Welbeck at 18/5 and Daniel Sturridge at 15/4.

A 1-0 England win is available at 19/4, with a 2-1 success for the Three Lions offered at 7/1. A 3-0 victory for Roy Hodgson’s men can be backed at 25/4.
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