England-Moldova Betting Preview: Three Lions to roar out of the blocks

With only a few matches remaining in Group H, Roy Hodgson's men are likely to need maximum points in all of their games if they want to secure a place at next year's World Cup
England welcome Moldova to Wembley on Friday with time running out to displace Montenegro at the top of Group H.

Roy Hodgson’s side have a game in hand over their rivals and, if they are able to win each remaining game, they will find themselves on a plane to World Cup 2014 in Brazil next summer.

England come into this match after playing a handful of friendlies. Hodgson’s men recently saw off a spirited Scotland side in a 3-2 thriller at Wembley, where debutant Rickie Lambert headed in the winner.

This followed up friendlies against Brazil and Republic of Ireland, with both ending in a draw. After England’s disappointing 1-1 draw away at Montenegro in March, Hodgson will be keen to get back to winning ways in the qualifying group.

Unsurprisingly, England are 1/16 (1.06) with bet365 to take all three points.

Moldova have only amassed five points from their seven qualifying matches so far this campaign, but looked solid in their last outing in the group, drawing with Poland at home 1-1.

Ion Caras' side are unbeaten in their last three matches, beating Kyrgyzstan and drawing with Andorra in two friendlies. bet365 don’t give them much hope in this match, however, pricing them at 50/1 (51.00) to cause a major surprise with victory. The same firm also don’t fancy the draw, pricing it at 14/1 (15.00).

With the total goal markets and outright markets too short to touch if you wanted to back goals or an England victory, it’s worth turning your attention to first-half goals in this fixture.

bet365’s price of over 1.5 first half goals at even money (2.00) is a fantastic price worth taking advantage of. This would have paid out easily when these two sides last met in the qualifying group, as well as in four of England’s last six games at Wembley. This price won’t hang around for a while.

Over 1.5 first half goals at even money (2.00) 3 pt staked with bet365

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