England travel to San Marino on Friday evening in a World Cup qualifier they should be winning at a canter as they take on one of the weakest international teams around.
The Three Lions lock horns with group leaders Montenegro on the following Tuesday, so Roy Hodgson is sure to have one eye on that encounter as two wins in the next few days would ensure they top the group.
The England manager is still likely to pick a strong side for this one though, especially as goal difference could prove to be key in such a tight group. There is a strong chance that the away side could get into double figures here if they perform at a decent level for 90 minutes.
Unsurprisingly, there is no value from the bookmakers on an England win as they are being offered at 1/66. Those odds show you the difference in class between these two teams and if Hodgson’s men can get the ball down and play good football, they should create a chance almost every time they go forward.
As ever, you are looking at the likes of Wayne Rooney and Steven Gerrard to come up with that something special, but in truth, any England player that steps onto the pitch should be able to show their class on Friday night.
As for San Marino, this game is all about the occasion as they know they aren’t going to be taking anything from the match.
Usually, you would say an international side can take something as long as they remain well organised and tough to break down, but when you consider this nation haven’t taken a point in a competitive match for 12 years, it is tough to make a case for them.
If you think the almost impossible will happen, you can back San Marino at 75/1 with BetVictor and then a bet on draw will give you odds of 20/1.
Most of the betting for this encounter will go on just how many England will win by as it is the only way to get some value off the bookies, so the correct score market might be a good place to go.
At the moment, a 4-0 win for the away side is available at 5/1 with Coral.
Then, 5-0, 6-0 and 3-0 can all be backed at 11/2 with the same bookmaker, which shows you the way they think this game is going to go.
We think bets on this market do offer the best value as well, but like the look of a 7-0 win for England, which is being offered at 9/1 with Bet365. Backing a team to win by this margin is usually ridiculous, but it can happen on Friday.
There might be a difference in quality between these two, but it is always an interesting game to watch.
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