The fact that England have never been beaten by African opposition may make 8/11 a good price in the football betting that they dispose of Ghana at Wembley, but even better value can be found in the alternate markets on offer.
Considering the amount of stick that international friendlies get, one thing that cannot be argued is that those involving England tend to regularly see goals scored.
Some 12 of England’s last 14 friendlies have witnessed at least three goals scored, with the defeats against Spain and Brazil being the only exceptions.
Meanwhile, since Fabio Capello’s appointment as manager, all barring one of England’s home friendlies have seen a maximum of two goals scored.
Numerous scoring opportunities can be expected at Wembley again given the attacking nature of Ghana’s set up and therefore 11/10 seems a generous price that over 2.5 goals are netted.
Furthermore, Ghana have scored seven goals in their last two matches and have Richard Kingson in goal, who is considered by some to be a chief reason for Blackpool being involved in numerous high-scoring games in the Premier League this season.
These facts may also lead some punters to believe that over 3.5 goals can be expected at Wembley, which can be backed at 12/5.
However, the other friendly bet that appeals in England’s clash with Ghana is the 7/2 that the game is level at the interval but the hosts are ahead by the full-time whistle.
Although the second half of friendlies tend to be stop-start because of the vast number of substitutes being trialled by managers, England still seem to have little trouble finding the target.
They have scored in the second half of eight of their last nine friendlies and Jermain Defoe will be one of England’s attacking threats waiting for an opportunity on the bench.
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