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Well, England’s long standing record goalscoring record set by Sir Bobby Charlton was finally cracked by Wayne Rooney. The Manchester United man tied Charlton’s tally of 49 with a penalty against San Marino recently and then converted another spot kick a few days later against Switzerland at Wembley to be crowned England’s all time leading goalscorer.

Of course there is plenty of time for him to fire off a few more, especially with a couple more easy looking Euro 2016 qualification matches to come in October and the Euro 2016 Championships in France next summer. Now with 50 international goals to his name, how much further can he take the goal tally for the Three Lions?

Pele holds the all time record with 77 goals scored during his career for Brazil, while Stern John posted 70 goals for Trinidad and Tobago. Former Chelsea man Didier Drogba netted 65 goals for the Ivory Coast while Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o fire off 56 goals. Can Rooney catch any of them?

A recent poll by online betting site Ladbrokes suggests that a majority of 41% of people asked, believed that Rooney could go on to beat Drogba’s 65 goal haul, while 32% backed him to beat the 56 set by Eto’o. Only 14% of voters said that he would get past the 70 from Stern John and only 6% believe that he will go on to top Pele’s 77 goals.

Wayne Rooney’s spot kick against San Marino helped secure the points that England needed to qualify for Euro 2016. The Three Lions are a 12/1 poke with Ladbrokes to win the title, with Germany as 3/1 outright favourites followed by hosts France at 4/1, Spain at 11/2 and Belgium at 9/1. France come in just longer than the Three Lions at 14/1 and then it is 20/1 bar.

10th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England v Switzerland Betting Preview

It doesn’t get much easier than beating San Marino and that is what England achieved by a 6-0 scoreline on Saturday without playing particularly well. Naturally they will have a harder time of things against Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday, especially with the Swiss still scrapping to ensure that they are at Euro 2016. Will Wayne Rooney finally be able to beat Sir Bobby Charlton’s England goalscoring record? Will the Three Lions be able to march onwards with their 100% qualification record?

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England v Switzerland Betting Tips

England really have not had a test since they faced Switzerland in the group opener out in Switzerland. It’s been that much of a stroll for them and their 6-0 win over San Marino continued their easy passage to the finals, the victory booking them qualification for next summer’s finals. England beat Switzerland 2-0 in their opening group match thanks to a brace from Danny Welbeck. England have netted 24 goals in qualification and have only shipped the three at the back so are completely backable for the victory at Wembley at Tuesday. They are still on course for ten from ten and this is all about keeping up momentum.

It has been a fantastic 17 match unbeaten streak at home for England in qualifiers and they have recorded victories in fourteen of those seventeen. The Three Lions have picked up nine wins and two draws in their last eleven matches played (competitive and friendly) and are just cruising along. The goals have been coming freely and in five of their last seven they have scored at least three goals. You can back the game against Switzerland to go over 2.5 goals for a price of 5/4 with online betting site Coral. The last three between them in England have gone over the mark. Four of the last five between them all round have gone over too.

The Swiss did take a 2-2 draw on their last visit to Wembley but they have actually failed to beat England at the last nine attempts. They have been surviving with a lot of late goals and in each of their last five qualifiers they have managed to back at least one goal from the 79th minute onwards which should keep live in-play betting interest high. Xherdan Shaqiri is top scorer for them with four goals and he is a 9/2 anytime goalscorer quote, with Haris Seferovic and Josip Drmic at 4/1. Switzerland start the match six point back from England in second place and five ahead of third-placed Estonia. While they don’t look too likley to record a win, they do have it in them to frustrate England to a draw at best.

England v Switzerland Betting Odds

England 4/6, Draw 13/5, Switzerland 17/4

England v Switzerland Predictions

The Swiss have done a lot of battling to secure themselves second place, including a 3-2 win over Slovenia on the weekend thanks to a 94th minute winner. England should be pretty confident about opening them up and securing another victory. Home win.

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6th September 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

England v San Marino Betting Preview

It’s a trip to San Marino for England as they look to make it seven from seven in Euro 2016 qualification so far. It’s been plain sailing so far from them and this is another routine game but it offers them a good chance to get their eye in ahead of a meeting with Switzerland at Wembley on Thursday 8th. It’s such a lopsided international affair that there is no value in the outright market so you’re going to have to go looking around at alternatives and in-play betting.

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England v San Marino Betting Tips

So no thrills and spills so far for England on the Euro 2016 qualification campaign trail. It has been six wins from six and more likely than not, it is a banker that they will be making it seven from seven when they face San Marino on Saturday. England have already done enough to guarantee third place in the group (which would mean a play-off match) but they return to international duty six points clear at the top of their group over Switzerland. While this is an easy game for them, they face Switzerland on October 8th, so the game in San Marino should give them the chance to sharpen up a little bit.

When England hosted San Marino at Wembley back in October last year they eased to a comfortable 5-0 victory. From their two previous visits to San Marino, England have come away with a 15-1 aggregate score, part of a 31-1 aggregate against the minnows over all from five previous meetings. England have won all five of the previous games against San Marino and they are heavy, heavy odds-on favourites to make it six from six against them.

So with goals expected you can go and have a look at the correct score and goalscorer markets for England v San Marino betting. A repeat of an England 5-0 correct score is up at a price of 9/2 which will probably have some appeal, while a 4-0 and 6-0 result are both trading at 5/1 quotes for the game. Wayne Rooney is 2/11 anytime goalscorer favourite (11/5 First Goalscorer), with Harry Kane at 1/4 to net anytime, with Jamie Vardy and Raheem Sterling at 4/9 with Bet365.

The likelihood of an England clean sheet is high, as San Marino haven’t scored an international goal since 2013. England have shipped just the three goals so far in qualification and have posted a W8 D2 record in their last ten matches played, and already with wins in each of their three road trips, this would be a major, major upset if the Three Lions lost. San Marino did earn a 0-0 draw against Estonia at home but that has been the only match in their last twenty (at least, that’s just going back to 2012) in which they have managed to avoid defeat. The last goal that they scored was against Poland in 2013 and they are actually on a 65 match streak without a win (D1 L64). It’s along 11/2 shot that both teams score in the game.

England v San Marino Betting Odds

England 1/100, Draw 40/1, San Marino 100/1

England v San Marino Predictions

Anything less than a win for England wouldn’t even bear thinking about. Routine victory, great warm up ahead of the Switzerland match back at Wembley. You should be looking around the 5-0 correct score market to come up.

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31st August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Sports Betting

It is straight back into action for England and France as they continue their respective buildups towards the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The two were embroiled in a great battle at Twickenham on the weekend, with England coming out on top with a 19-14 victory. England had taken an early 12-3 lead in the match, but the French kept battering away with their pack to keep the game close. What will have pleased England fans though is the incisive tries which they did convert.

Watson’s brace were brilliant strikes and Jonny May also finished a brilliant move as well. England coach Stuart Lancaster had a good look at league convert Sam Burgess and he may well have taken a big step towards earning a place at the World Cup, while Henry Slade also impressive hugely in the centre. Alex Goode was decisive, solid and creative as full back and with the pace of May and Watson, England look as if they are pulling together a good attack and not relying on the weight of their pack to deliver wins.

In fact, the experienced French pack had the better of things up front for large portions of the game and that could be an area in which England need to improve. However, the backs are showing a lot of promise that the World Cup 2015 host nation can make a decent shot at the title. While the English backs were full of running and threat, the French back line looked a bit pedestrian and it continued on from their lack lustre Six Nations earlier in the year when they lost three of their five matches.

It is probably going to be a tight affair again out in Paris on Saturday for the rematch. France are going as 5/6 with England at 20/21 and the draw at 18/1 with online betting site Betfred. Really nothing too much to chose between them and England have lost two of the last three visits to France. Their last visit to Paris was in the 2014 RBS Six Nations, Les Bleus winning a fantastic 26-24 tense battle between the two. Overall though, England have won four of the last five internationals between the two nations.

That is 100 games now played between the two old rivals and England hold a 55-38 head to head record. England have scored an average of around 15 points per game against the French while the French have averaged around 12 points per game against the English. As the game is expected to be narrow, the handicap line is pretty small on this one and an England +1 at 9/11 may have appeal for punters backing the visitors, considering that France have now lost four of their last five international matches played (a 29-0 win over Italy). England have won five of their last five six matches.

Online betting site Betfred have a First Try scorer rugby betting promotion running up for the France v England international on Saturday. Back a first tryscorer selection for the game and if that player then goes on to score a second in the match (as Anthony Watson did last weekend) then Betfred will double your first try scorer odds! This also applies to the Italy v Scotland international on the weekend as well as select Rugby League matches. See the Betfred website for more details.

17th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

England have reclaimed the Ashes and now it will be all about putting the icing on the cake and sending the Aussies packing as the two nations head into the fifth and final test in the 2015 Ashes Series. Some commanding performances from England, particularly with the ball in hand, have given them an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series and now they head to The Oval with an unexpected 4-1  series in sight. The Australians had gone into the series as heavy favourites to win the series.

England have never before won four Tests in a home series against Australia so that at least is some motivation for the England as they step out into action again. Frankly England were badly written off at the start of the series, so to have a 4-1 scoreline in sight sums up just how much they have turned everything around. The nice thing about England’s success is that whenever they have needed a bowler to step up, some has, be it Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad or Steve Finn.

Someone has delivered, where collectively Australia have become further and further disjointed and their key players have disappeared under the shadow of defeat. James Anderson is in line for a return to action and he is trading as joint 5/2 favourite to be the England Top Bowler with 888Sport for the 5th test. Mark Wood is 10/3, with Steve Finn at 3/1, Stokes at 9/2 and Ali at 11/2.

Most punters will be leaning heavily towards Joe Root to be the Top England Batsman after looking the most composed and most dangerous man with the willow in hand. Root is up as 5/2 favourite in the Top England Batsman for the fifth test, with Alastair Cook at 4/1 and Ian Bell at 5/1. Root has moved to the top of the world batting rankings incidentally.

It’s been a rough tour for Australia, with captain Michael Clarke set to retire and captain-elect Steve Smith failing to find his form with the bat. Smith has not scored more than eight runs in his past five innings and is a man who is struggling. They haven’t been able to get a bowler going with any kind of fluidity and confidence either, if Mitchell Starc and Mitchell Johnson are both off their game, then they look terribly limp in the attack. Starc and Johnson are 9/4 quotes to be the Top Australia Batsman while Smith, David Warner and Chris Rogers are all 7/2 quotes to be the Top Australia Batsman.

England go into the match as 5/4 favourites to take the win, with the tourists at 13/8 and the draw at 7/2.

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17th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

Ireland banked an international win over Wales on the weekend, as part of their Rugby World Cup 2015 preparations. Joe Schmidt’s men are a 7/1 quote at Ladbrokes to walk away with the title despite never having made it to the semi-final of a World Cup. But they head into the tournament as reigning Six Nations Champions and their 35-21 win over Wales in Cardiff on the weekend, will have given them confidence ahead of their World Cup campaign.

It could be the basics which are at the root of the Irish game which gives them a good run at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They are very good at doing the basics right (most of the time) and while there were a lot of fringe players on show in Cardiff, they actually looked to be boasting some great strength in depth, looking far more composed and together than what Wales, semi-finalists four years ago, were in the match.

Ireland compete in Group D of the Rugby World Cup 2015 against France, Italy, Canada and Romania. The top two teams from each group go through to the knockout stages of the competition, so there is little danger of Ireland missing out on the latter stages of the competition. While the French are in there, of all the Six Nations sides heading to the World Cup, the Irish have the easiest group to compete in. ireland are 8/13 to top Pool D at the World Cup, with France at 8/5.

Should Ireland (who have climbed to the second in the rugby world rankings) top their group, they will face the runner-up of Pool C which will most likely be Argentina. The Irish won’t want to slip up in their quest to top their Pool, because the runner-up from Pool D will have to meet New Zealand (Pool C winners) in the quarter-finals. The All Blacks, despite losing the Rugby Championship on the weekend to Australia, are trading as 6/4 favourites to walk away with the World Cup.

Host nation England are in as 9/2 second favourites, with South Africa at 6/1. The Springboks are on a three-match losing streak over the summer, recently being toppled by Argentina in the final round of the Rugby Championship. New Zealand’s 27-19 defeat against Australia raised a few eyebrows and proved that the All Blacks can indeed be beaten, the Wallabies are 7/1 at Ladbrokes alongside Ireland to lift the title.

Australia and England will square off in Pool A of the Rugby World Cup 2015, with Wales also going in the group. The Welsh are 14/1 quotes to win the tournament outright, with Scotland at 200/1 as they compete with South Africa and Samoa in Pool B

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10th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Sports Betting

England are a 9/4 quote at online betting site Paddy Power to win the fourth Test of the Ashes series against Australia. England regained control of the series after crushing the visitors at Edgbaston in the third Test. But there are reasons to be cautious still because England won the opening Test and were then pegged back brilliantly in a commanding performance from Australia in the second Test.

So will the tourists find a way back into the series again, or can Alastair Cook’s men deliver the hammer blow and regain the Ashes in Nottingham when the fourth Test starts this week? England are 9/4 underdogs to win the fourth Test, with Australia at 11/10. The tourists have to get themselves focused given their collective performance in the third Test. They need a lot of players to step up their game, including captain Michael Clarke, Nathan Lyon and Mitchell Johnson.

Australia will have been boosted by the withdrawal of England’s Jimmy Anderson whose swing bowling will be sorely missed in Nottingham, but thankfully Steven Finn’s performance at Edgbaston should enough to keep the Australia’s sweating. England are 4/5 quote to regain the Ashes in the series, with Australia at 7/2 to produce what seems an unlikely series comeback from 2-1 down and two to play. The series draw is priced up at 3/1.

Online betting site Paddy Power are running an Ashes cricket betting promotion to get your teeth into. Back a winning Top Team Run Scorer selection in any innings, and if that player top scores with a century in the bag then bookmaker Paddy Power will pay you out at double your original odds! In the top Australian Batsman market, Steven Smith and David Warner are 3/1 favourite quotes while Joe Root is 3/1 shortest pierced England selection, with Alastair cook and Ian Bell at 4/1.

4th August 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Football Betting

Punters can put the forthcoming clashes between the Auld Enemies in their diaries. England and Scotland were drawn together in Group F of World Cup 2018 qualification and the first match between them will be Friday, November 11, 2016, with a 7.45pm kick-off at Wembley. The return match will take place at Hampden Park on Saturday, June 10, 2017, with a kick-off time of 5 pm. England can be backed at a price of 2/1 at bookmaker William Hill to win both of the games against Scotland and the Three Lions are 4/11 favourites to win their group.

The Three Lions will open their World Cup qualification campaign on the road in Slovakia, then host Malta at Wembley before hitting the road to go to Slovenia and then will come the first meeting with Scotland from Wembley. The Scots open their account on the road in Malta.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland, who were drawn together in qualification Group D will meet in Dublin on March 24, 2017, and the return match will be in the final round of games on October 9th. Wales are 3/1 to win Group D behind favourites Serbia, with Ireland at 6/1. Ireland can be backed at 3/1 to qualify, with Wales at 6/4.

Northern Ireland, who have landed a tough draw, travel to face world champions Germany on October 11, 2016, and will host them in Belfast on October 5, 2017. Northern Ireland at 10/1 outside shots to qualify.

World Cup 2018 winner Odds

Germany 5/1, Argentina 8/1, Spain 9/1, Brazil 10/1, France 12/1, Netherlands 16/1, Belgium 16/1, Italy 20/1, England 20/1, Colombia 20/1, 33/1 bar

27th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Football Betting

England and Scotland will be contesting World Cup 2018 qualification in the same group after being drawn together on Saturday. The pair will also face Slovakia, Slovenia, Malta and Lithuania in Group F of World Cup 2019 qualification.

England and Scotland faced each other twice since the 2013/14 season with England winning both of those friendly international encounters. The last time that they met in competitive qualification, England won 2-1 on aggregate in a two-legged play-off to reach Euro 2000.

Wales and the Republic of Ireland have also been drawn together as they go in Group D along with Austria, Serbia, Moldova and Georgia. The Welsh go as top seeds in that group while Northern Ireland have a tough qualifying campaign ahead of them as they were drawing Group C alongside Germany, Czech Republic, Norway, Azerbaijan and San Marino.

Wales and Ireland were together in qualifying for Euro 2008 with Ireland winning at home and taking a draw in Cardiff. Each has won five of their last thirteen meetings. Germany are 5/1 favourites to win World Cup 2018, followed by Spain and Brazil at 7/1 and Argentina at 8/1. England are a 20/1 quote with Bet365.

25th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Football Betting

Sports Betting

England got off to a flyer in the Ashes claiming the first match on day four of the opening contest in Cardiff. England had set Australia a pretty daunting total of 412 to win the first Ashes, and after closing in on one hundred for the loss of just one wicket on Saturday, England turned the screw after Moeen Ali got a crucial wicket of David Warner just before lunch leaving the tourists on 2-97.

Then England came out firing after lunch in brilliant spells of attacking, accuracy bowling as Stuart Broad and Mark Wood left Australia in tatters at 151-7. Despite a flourish of resistance from the tail-enders, notably Mitchell Johnson who fired off a 77, Joe Root (who finished as man of the match) cleaned out two of the final three wickets to leave Australia on 242 all out.

Now the series may well have shifted in favour of the underdogs, as 15 of the last 17 Ashes series have been won by the team who claimed the first Test. England have now clawed their way to even money favourites in the Series Winner market, with Australia who had been odds-on prior to the start of the series, on the drift to a price of 13/8.

The second Test goes at Lord’s on July 16th. Online betting site Paddy Power are running an Ashes special where you can pick up double odds. Back a winning Top Team Run Scorer in any innings and if the player scores a century then they will pay you out at DOUBLE your original odds.

11th July 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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