This entry was posted on Monday, September 10th, 2012
All of last week we had to listen to England players tell us that there are no easy games in International Football before they turned up to play some local tradesmen in Moldova and kindly stopped bothering at 3-0 to ensure it didn’t hit double figures.
A far sterner test comes against Ukraine, where the co-hosts of Euro 2012 will be hoping that if the ball does go over the line against England, then a goal will actually be given rather than the cruel fate they suffered in Euro 2012.
England have scored in every single home International at the new Wembley bar a 0-0 draw with Montenegro two years ago, and they have won without conceding in four of their eight games under Hodgson. When you also take note that nobody bar the now retired Andrei Shevchenko has scored a goal for Ukraine in their last five games, we can’t help but invest in the 6/5 Ladbrokes will give you on England winning to nil on Tuesday night.
With England likely to have just one recognised striker against Ukraine, it could be worth looking to the midfielders for the goals. Frank Lampard has opened the scoring in 11 of his 92 caps, but with the Chelsea man likely to play behind Defoe and on set piece and penalty duty, there have to be worse bets than the 13/2 Bet365 will give you on him being first scorer.
England have won four of their last five games at Wembley 1-0 and we can’t write off a repeat of that scoreline at 11/2 with Ladbrokes. If you prefer to play safe Under 2.5 goals looks a fair bet at 1.96 on Betfair.