Onward to Poland!
Ding Ding! It’s round two of this week’s International double-header and coming off the back of a couple of winning tips, we’re backing goals at Wembley on Tuesday night.
September 5th, 2011
Yes, just as it looked as if this blog couldn’t tip a waiter, we pull some winners out of the bag by backing England to win to-nil in Bulgaria and Burton to beat Plymouth in League Two. We were also one clueless referee away from a 13/8 return on Scotland beating the Czech Republic, but two out of three ain’t bad, one singer once suggested.
England could all but mathematically qualify for Ukraine and Poland on Tuesday with three points against Wales after Gary Speed’s men did Capello and Co a huge favour on Friday night by beating Montenegro. With Montenegro not playing on Tuesday, England can open up a six point and significant goal difference lead with just two games left for their nearest Group G rivals, leaving the WAGs free to scout out Warsaw’s hottest shopping hotspots.
And we’re very confident that, on the basis of England’s impressive showing in Sofia, fans will be able to leave Wembley and head straight for the easyjet and Ryanair websites for flights to Eastern Europe next summer. Unfortunately, there’s little value in backing England so instead, we’re going to take the general 6/5 on offer for over 3.5 goals in the Wembley clash.
Having carved open Bulgaria with relative ease during the first half on Friday, we would expect the same to happen again at home, on a wider pitch, against lesser opposition. Wales are ranked 66 places below Bulgaria and their victory over Montenegro was the first time in nine years that they have beaten a top-20 ranked side.
If you want past form to base a score prediction on, two of the last three meetings between the sides have ended 2-0 to England and said score is available at 11/2 generally.
And after it all, Adrian Chiles will proclaim that this is “definitely our year”.