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England European Championship Qualifiers – Betting Preview

4/9/2015
Challenged to “go up another level” by Roy Hodgson, England can secure their spot at the 2016 European Championships this weekend with games against San Marino and Switzerland.

A win in Saturday’s fixture against San Marino will see England safely through to the finals in France should Slovenia fail to beat Switzerland, a side the Three Lions will face on Tuesday.

Roy Hodgson has named a 22-man squad that includes Swansea City’s string-puller Jonjo Shelvey, who earned his only previous cap in 2012 coming on as a second half substitute against San Marino in a 5-0 England win.

The England manager – whose current contract will expire at the end of next summer’s tournament – was unable to call on a number of influential midfielders due to injuries, including Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Fabian Delph.

His options in the final third are similarly slight, with Danny Welbeck’s knee surgery and Daniel Sturridge’s ongoing injury woes leaving him with the out-of-form duo of Wayne Rooney and Harry Kane as his main striking options, along with Jamie Vardy.

Nevertheless, having registered a convincing win in the reverse fixture in October by five goals to nil, and at a best price of 1/50 with BetBright and BetVictor, an England win tomorrow evening should be a formality.

There is some interest to be found in the markets for goals scored, with Wayne Rooney two goals away from surpassing World Cup winner Bobby Charlton’s of 49.

The forward found the net once against San Marino at Wembley last year, and is priced by Bet365 at 8/11 to notch those two goals in Saturday’s game.

The bookies’ have given Switzerland much more of a chance of taking points off England when they visit Wembley on Tuesday.

Captained by Leicester midfielder Gökhan Inler, the Swiss are priced at 4.3 with Betfair to return home with all three points, although an England win remains the probable result, at odds of 1.57 with the same bookmaker.

Tom Lewis
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