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

| 01.09.2016

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.



Alex Apati

Alex has been with the Ladbrokes PR team since 2017 having previously worked for the news department. From sparring with Peter Fury to talking interviews on the Duke and Duchess' baby names, he's covered a range of sports and novelty events.

A frustrated West Brom fan who is no stranger to an oche, Alex is originally from Dudley, although he's worked hard to rid himself of the Black Country twang.