Having suffered his first defeat as England manager in Wednesday’s 1-0 friendly loss in Germany, Gareth Southgate will be looking for a reaction when Lithuania visit Wembley for Sunday’s World Cup qualifier.
That result brought an end to the Three Lions’ five-match unbeaten run since last summer’s Euro 2016 humiliation, but they are heavy 1/10 (1.10) favourites with Betfair Sportsbook to bounce straight back with a victory here.
Without a win in six competitive away games, Edgaras Jankauskas’ team are 25/1 (26.00) outsiders to become the first visiting side to win at Wembley since Croatia claimed a shock 3-2 victory in 2007.
However, the guests did earn a 1-1 draw in Scotland back in October, and can be backed at 15/2 (8.50) to collect another valuable point on British soil in this one.
Despite the defeat, there was plenty of encouragement to be taken from Wednesday’s performance in Dortmund, where a new formation and number of new faces enjoyed a successful runout against the world champions.
A similarly confident display should be more than enough to return to winning ways when they take on a visiting team that has only beaten San Marino in their last 17 fixtures on the road, managing to find the net just six times in that stretch.
Having won their last 11 consecutive qualification matches on home turf, scoring 31 and conceding just twice in that run, it seems safe to predict another handsome victory for Southgate’s men.
In fact, having eased to 3-0 and 4-0 victories against Lithuania in the qualification campaign for Euro 2016, odds of 19/20 (1.95) look more than secure on England coming out on top by at least three goals once again this time out.