Can Southgate's Side Score Two Wins in England's Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers?

SHARE

Can Southgate's Side Score Two Wins in England's Upcoming World Cup Qualifiers?

There's no doubt about it, England are an international football side in disarray. A lacklustre European Championships forced one manager out of the door, but that only created more problems for the Football Association.

Indeed, with Roy Hodgson's replacement, Sam Allardyce, rendering himself unemployable thanks to a drunken chat about money, the senior side is now being managed by Gareth Southgate, a former national player and the current U-21 coach.

For all intents and purposes, the lead up to the latest round of World Cup qualifiers has been far from ideal. However, as is often the case with England, adversity brings out a certain resolve, so maybe a little instability will be enough to shock the players into inspired performances.

England vs Malta is a Teaser for Punters

First up for Southgate's side on 8 October will be Malta. They are footballing minnows by most people's standards, but given the current unrest in the England camp this will be a challenge the Maltese players will relish.

35-year-old Michael Mifsud will certainly be the only name familiar to some (hardcore) football fans, but manager Pietro Ghedin has helped Malta perform better now than they ever have. Unfortunately, "better" only equates to six wins in 36 games and, to make matters worse, only one of those wins was in a World Cup qualifier.

That sort of form has left NetBet's oddsmakers with no choice but to set their betting line at 74/1 for a Malta victory. On the other side of the coin, a £1,000 bet on England will return you the princely sum of £1.

Essentially, if you're not betting on an upset this weekend, Coral's correct score markets should be your main destination. Indeed, if we all accept that England are going to win on 8 October (even Malta's fans would probably accept it), then the question becomes: by how many goals?

A Squad Shakeup Could Give England a New Spark

Reports suggest that Southgate could be swapping Joe Hart for Southampton's Fraser Forster. While this would certainly be a gamble on Southgate's part, the conditions and timing appear to be right for this one. Also catching Southgate's eye on the training pitch has been Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain.

While his current form isn't anything to write home about, he will want to impress the interim manager if he's given a shot, which could make this an inspired move by Mr Southgate. If that's the case, then leaking goals won't be an issue. If the likes of Marcus Rashford and Wayne Rooney can score it should be a field day for the Three Lions.

11/2 on a 3-0 victory is one of the more enticing scoreline bets at Coral, while a more optimistic 6-1 is good for odds of 28/1. If predicting the scoreline isn't your thing, Ladbrokes is offering some interesting specials. Picking up on Southgate's decision to make some surprise call ups, you can currently get solid prices on international virgins and rising stars to score:

  • any England debutant to score = 3/1
  • Michael Keane to score and England to win = 10/3
  • Marcus Rashford to score a hat-trick against Malta = 5/1

A Tough Trip to Slovenia for Southgate

After dispatching with Malta, England will face an altogether tougher test on 11 October against Slovenia. Never easy to beat, Slovenia won't want to miss out on a golden opportunity to beat an England side on the back foot.

Currently ranked 67th by FIFA, Slovenia's finest are coming off a 2-2 draw away to Lithuania. With home advantage this time around, it could be a tough night in Ljubljana for England. Assuming Slovenia stays true to form, goals probably won't be in abundance.

Going back to November 2015, Slovenia has played six games and scored four goals. On a more positive note, conceding goals hasn't been too much of an issue for the defensively-minded side. Six goals against would suggest that England's visit will likely end in a one goal margin either way.

For those sticking with England, 2/3 at NetBet Sports is the latest outright betting line, while £10 on Slovenia will get earn you a £40 profit (4/1). With the rest of the recommended bookmakers yet to catch up and set their betting lines for England vs Slovenia, this is your best place for early odds.

Look for Tight Odds and Loose Prices

Once the markets open up fully, you should be looking for any offers with 1-0, 2-1 or 2-2 attached to them. Even better, if you can find odds around the 5/1, 11/2 mark for any of those scorelines you should be willing to take them given what the stats have shown.

England's forthcoming World Cup qualifiers should have been smooth sailing. A casual jaunt against Malta before a taxing trek against Slovenia looked to be the state of play a few weeks ago.

But given Big Sam's untimely exit, things are a little more uncertain as kick off approaches. For more football betting tips, check out this handy strategy guide. For all the latest England football odds, visit NetBet Sports today!

Recommended Betting Sites

Betting Strategy Articles


MLB Playoffs 2017 are Jam-Packed with Outright Value Bets
MLB Playoffs 2017 are Jam-Packed with Outright Value Bets

Now that the one-game Wild Card playoffs are over, the Wild Card 5-game series are set to kick off the "real" MLB playoffs. With so much parody among this year's playoff teams, the outright betting ma ... Read More

Super League Grand Final Odds Leaning Towards Gale’s Glory
Super League Grand Final Odds Leaning Towards Gale’s Glory

It’s first versus second as top of the table Castleford Tigers take on the Leeds Rhinos in the Super League Grand Final. With Luke Gale recently securing this year's 'Man of Steel' Award, bookies are ... Read More

Japanese Grand Prix 2017 Has F1 Bettors Salivating at Odds
Japanese Grand Prix 2017 Has F1 Bettors Salivating at Odds

Formula One punters turn their attention to Japan at the weekend, as the drivers get set to race at Suzuka International Racing Course on 8 October. The race follows on from a tense Grand Prix betting ... Read More

UFC 216 Betting Market Offering Odds Punters Cannot Miss
UFC 216 Betting Market Offering Odds Punters Cannot Miss

The build up to any UFC fight is normally full of drama and this upcoming Heavyweight Championship bout between Tony Ferguson and Kevin Lee is no exception. Read on to find out why those looking to be ... Read More

MLB One-Game Playoffs 2017 Provide Value Bets Worth Backing
MLB One-Game Playoffs 2017 Provide Value Bets Worth Backing

The MLB Playoffs kick off this week with both of the one-game playoff games featuring the last 2 teams in the American League and National League to make the post-season facing off in a one game bout ... Read More

Why President’s Cup Betting in 2017 Means Backing the US
Why President’s Cup Betting in 2017 Means Backing the US

There’ll be plenty of attention focused on the Liberty National Golf Resort in New Jersey this weekend as some of the best golfers from the US and outside of Europe roll in for the always competitive ... Read More

Betting Navigation

Newsletter

Sign up for the free Gambling.com Newsletter to stay on top of all the best bonuses!
We will never share or misuse your personal information. Privacy Policy

Latest Betting Strategy

BettingGuides

Country Guide