Penalty shootouts aside, Roy Hodgson is on a 10-game unbeaten run sincee taking over as England manager in May and he’ll be keen to extend that run in Poland on Wednesday.
England looked to have damaged their hopes of a comfortable passage from Group H when they could only draw at home to Ukraine last month.
But Oleg Blokhin’s men slipped up in Moldova last week and that means the Three Lions will be in a strong position if they pick up three points in Warsaw. England are 10/11 (1.91) with Bet365 to do just that.
Poland are without Jakub Blaszczykowski for this crucial qualifier but have won seven of their last eight internationals at home, excluding the high-pressured environment of Euro 2012.
Poland are 3/1 (4.00) with Bet365 to upset England’s World Cup ambitions here. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.40).
In the other markets, it is worth noting that Poland faded against Czech Republic and 10-men Greece in Euro 2012. They also conceded a last-minute winner in Estonia in August.
In contrast, England have netted the last goal in eight of their 10 games under Hodgson and have a hungry squad after the fringe players’ efforts against San Marino on Friday.
England are 8/13 (1.62) to score last with Bet365 and that’s the pick of the bets in this one.
There are a number of contenders to get that goal and Jermain Defoe will fancy his chances of being on the scoresheet. Defoe is 5/1 (6.00) with Bet365 to score first.
For Poland, Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski is 6/1 (7.00) to get the opener.
But the real value is in backing in-form England forward Wayne Rooney. He’s 9/2 (5.50) to open the scoring, 8/1 (9.00) to get a two goals and 40/1 (41.00) for the hat-trick.
And yet, the value bet is simply to take the industry-best price of 7/5 (2.40) with Bet365 for the Manchester United man to score at any time.
Hodgson will hope that’s enough to extend his unbeaten start to 11 games and within one of Graham Taylor’s record run.
|England to score last at 8/13 (1.62) with Bet365
||Rooney anytime scorer at 7/5 (2.40) with Bet365
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