Sharp shooter: England to strike first but Wales to stutter

The football world doesn’t cease just because the Premier League is in recess, so Ladbrokes customers looking to cash in on the bookmaker’s *Sharp Shooter offer may wish to listen to the claims of these deadly marksman in Euro 2016 qualifying and the Football League instead.

England vs Estonia: Raheem Sterling to score first @ 5/1

England’s starting lineup is difficult to predict with Wayne Rooney injured and Jamie Vardy, Theo Walcott and Harry Kane all hoping to lead the line.

Of the players most likely to start at Wembley, only Phil Jagielka and Raheem Sterling have opened the scoring during the qualifiers.

The 20-year-old got his first Premier League goal for Manchester City last month, and that morale boost will help him set the Three Lions on course for victory.

Bosnia-Herzegovina vs Wales: Miralem Pjanic to score first @ 13/2

The sixth-minute goal conceded against minnows Andorra shows Wales have a tendency to go behind early when not in Cardiff.

Bosnia have gone in front in five of their eight games, with Edin Dzeko doing so three times.

However there could be far more value in goal-scoring midfielder Mirilem Pjanic, who has hit a mini purple patch in Serie A, notching two in his last three for Roma.

Notts County vs Plymouth Argyle: Graham Carey to score first @ 6/1

Jake Jervis’ goals this season have helped Plymouth go top of the table, with the striker rightfully grabbing most of the plaudits.

However, Graham Carey is another integral part of Pilgrims’ success, netting five times this term, and will look to carry on his form against the struggling Notts County.

He has opened the scoring twice since the opening day, so making it three looks a good shout.

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Dan Ross

After a brief stint as a commentator, Dan took his passion for football into writing and went on to gain an NCTJ in sports journalism. A lifelong Walsall fan, he's followed the Saddlers through the highs, getting to Wembley for the first time ever last season, and the lows, namely relegation to League Two in 2006.