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England begin their World Cup qualifying campaign in Moldova on Friday and Adam Bate thinks they have nothing to fear in their group opener in Chisinau

England are still unbeaten in seven games under Roy Hodgson and will be confident of safely negotiating a World Cup qualifying group that could have been far trickier.

Only Spain picked up more points in qualifying for the previous World Cup with England having proven themselves effective at seeing off inferior opposition away from home.

England are 3/10 (1.30) with Bet365 to pick up three points to kick off their campaign.

Moldova haven’t enjoyed the best of records of late to say the least and their recent results include dismal defeats to El Salvador, Georgia and Venezuela.

That's reflected in the price of 10/1 (11.00) to win this one despite enjoying home advantage.

Perhaps the hosts' only hope is to keep it tight as they did in the recent goalless draw against Belarus. The draw is available at 4/1 (5.00) with Bet365.

In fact, Moldova have managed to keep clean sheets in their last two at home and with Hodgson content to send out a rigid and disciplined England side, that could make under 2.5 goals an attractive option at 19/20 (1.95).

England to two Moldova will surely make life difficult for England and with this game plan in place, it's certainly unlikely they will breach the Three Lions back line.

Remarkably, despite playing average opposition in recent times, the only team Moldova have scored against in their last eight matches is San Marino.

Meanwhile, England have kept clean sheets against Ukraine, versus Italy in their Euro 2012 quarter-final, away to Norway and against a strong Belgium side.

England are 4/6 (1.67) with Bet365 to keep a clean sheet and that’s the best bet in this one.

In the goalscorers market, notable options include Jermain Defoe for first scorer at 10/3 (4.33) or Danny Welbeck to do the same at an industry-best price of 5/1 (6.00) with Bet365.

It seems likely that somebody will be in the goals for the visitors and the value bet is to back England to win both halves against a miserable Moldova outfit at 13/8 (2.62) with Bet365.

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England clean sheet at 4/6 (1.67) with Bet365
England to win both halves at 13/8 (2.62) with Bet365

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on

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