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England v Italy Betting Tips: Oppose goals in the absence of Kane

19:14 IST 27/03/2018
Ciro Immobile Argentina Italy
With the Three Lions star out injured and both teams looking more comfortable in defence than attack, Al Hain-Cole sees value in backing a stalemate

Having just scored five times between them in their last 10 combined matches, goalmouth action may be thin on the ground when England take on Italy on Tuesday.

With Harry Kane absent through injury, Jesse Lingard is the only available Three Lions player to find the net in the previous five matches after his winner against the Netherlands last time out.

Lingard the hero again?

However, the Manchester United man remains an 8/1 (9.00) long shot to open the scoring with a second international goal, and 3/1 (4.00) to strike anytime.

Indeed, Jamie Vardy is the 7/4 (2.75) favourite to get on the scoresheet for Gareth Southgate’s men, despite scoring just twice in his last 14 international games.

On target just twice in 16 matches in his fledgling senior international career, Marcus Rashford is priced at 21/10 (3.10) to score for only his fourth time in 20 fixtures for club and country.

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Out-of-form Italy

At the other end of the pitch, the Azzurri will be looking to end a three-match barren run in front of goal, with Ciro Immobile their 9/2 (5.50) favourite to do so with the opener.

The Lazio striker has hit an impressive 34 goals in 38 club matches this campaign, but a return of just one in 10 internationals does not make 7/4 (2.75) anytime odds seem particularly strong value.

What’s more, Andrea Belotti does not hold too much appeal at 7/2 (4.50) either after scoring just four times in his last 22 appearances for club and country.

Lorenzo Insigne falls under the same critcism at 4/1 (5.00), considering he has only three goals to his name in 22 internationals.

In fact, the best value bet may be found in backing neither team to score at 6/1 (7.00), given that England’s last five matches have produced a total of just three goals and Italy have only seen seven in their previous six.

Odds correct at the time of writing. Please gamble responsibly.

No goalscorer at 6/1 (7.00) with bet365 for a 1pt stake