One punter expects Big Sam’s England to breeze through qualifiers

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When Sam Allardyce leads his England side out in Slovakia on Sunday evening, he’ll do so with the backing of a nation hungry for success. And there’s one patriotic punter who thinks Big Sam can sail through this qualifying campaign with a 100 per cent record, and we’re offering a huge 14/1 on the Three Lions doing exactly that.

And recent history suggests there may well be some value in that #WhatAreTheOdds request, given that England have lost just one of their last 38 qualifying matches in all competitions, winning 30 of those fixtures.

And as for the competition in Group F that Big Sam’s men will be up against, the history books massively favour the new manager, as England haven’t lost a single match against any of their opponents since the turn of the millennium.

It wouldn’t be the first time England have gone a whole qualifying campaign unbeaten, either. In fact, this was something Roy Hodgson achieved in the build up to Euro 2016, in a group which featured Slovenia and Lithuania, who are also in England’s group this time around.

Hodgson’s men met Slovakia as recently as June in Saint-Etienne. That 0-0 draw is the only time England have failed to pick up three points against any of their upcoming opponents since 1999, winning 12 of their 13 games against the Slovaks, Scotland, Slovenia, Lithuania and Malta.

The fixture everyone is waiting for comes on November 11, where Allardyce will welcome Scotland to Wembley Stadium, a venue where the Scots have won just once in the last 35 years.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Alex Apati

Having graduated from Birmingham City University with a degree in Creative Writing with English, Alex joined the News team following a three year stint working for Ladbrokes behind the counter. When he's not watching darts, he's throwing them. Failing that you'll find him YouTubeing Thierry Henry's greatest Arsenal goals.