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England vs San Marino: Emphatic home win in store for Three Lions

| 12.10.2012

England welcome San Marino to Wembley in a World Cup qualifying clash, with little value to be found in the hosts as 1/200 shots.

A youthful side is expected to be selected by Roy Hodgson, as he prepares for the visit of a side featuring just one professional player in their ranks.

In light of that fact, San Marino are 100/1 to score what would be the most famous victory in their international history.

In fact, a draw in the game would be considered one of their finest achievements, but even that outcome appears too far-fetched to fathom, and as such is 16/1.

The Three Lions to win to nil looks a more obvious selection, but at 1/6, punters again may wish to look at other markets to gain better value.

Correct score betting could be the way to go, with a 5-0 England win seeming plausible at 5/1.

Alternatively, the Three Lions can be backed at 11/2 to succeed 6-0, and 7/1 to triumph via a 7-0 scoreline.

Considering that England are 1/7 to score four or more times in the match, the appeal of those prices is greatly enhanced.

Handicap markets could also be worth attention, as England are 2/5 chances to come out on top giving up a four-goal head start.

Heavier handicaps could be overcome though, with the possibility of England prevailing when offering San Marino a five-goal lead available at 8/11.

And Hodgson’s men are 11/8 to triumph having begun the game on the wrong end of a six-goal deficit.

For first scorer bets, new England captain Wayne Rooney must be fancied as 2/1 favourite to break the deadlock.

Rooney is expected to partner the in-form Jermain Defoe up front, and the Tottenham hotshot could also prove popular as a 9/4 chance.

At a lengthier price, Joleon Lescott always poses a threat from set-pieces, and could prove a worthwhile punt at 16/1.

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

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Author

John Klee