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England return to Euro 2016 qualification duties on Friday night as they host Lithuania at Wembley. This is the first time that the two nations have met and the Three Lions will be hoping to continue their 100% record in qualification so far, having won their opening opening group games. England, who have scored 11 goals and conceded just one so far, should find the going easy against the Lithuanians, who have failed to score a single goal in their last three matches played (D1 L2).

After their World Cup 2014 horror show, Spain are a nation in transition, but with thirteen goals scored so far in their four qualification matches (eight of them at home), they will be confident of picking up maximum points against the Ukraine. The two are locked on nine points, three back of surprise group leaders Slovakia heading into the weekend. But Spain have won each and every one of their last 14 European Championship home matches, and will be expected to break down the Ukraine’s solid defence.

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27th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

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For the first time since a friendly win in Scotland at the back end of last year, England will be back in action this week. The Three Lions face Lithuania in a Euro 2016 qualification match at Wembley on Friday night, the first time that they have ever faced these particular opponents. England are running at 1/8 odds on favourites for maximum points in the game.

England have scored eleven goals and conceded just one in posting four wins from their opening four qualification games. So a hugely positive start for them, and it should make this game pretty routine. Lithuania have started to slump with a D1 L2 record in their last three matches played and not having scored a goal in that trio of games either.

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24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Bookmaker News

Euro 2016 Betting

England v Lithuania Betting Preview

There should no alarms and no surprises on England’s return to the international scene. They entertain Lithuania in a Euro 2016 Group E qualification match, and with Roy Hodgson’s men having already taken four wins from four, a game against a slumping Lithuania side shouldn’t snap their 100% record so far.

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England v Lithuania Betting Tips

It is England’s first game back together since their friendly in Scotland towards the back end of last year. It is a comfortable fixture for them to return too as well after having made such a positive start to Euro 2016 qualification, winning all four matches played so far. This should be another maximum points haul for them. England have actually won their last six games in a row, their four Euro 2016 qualifiers sandwiched in between friendly triumphs over Norway and Scotland. The Three Lions have scored eleven goals in their four qualifiers so far, and have conceded just the one.

England’s two games at Wembley in the group produced a 3-1 win over second placed Slovenia and a 5-0 win over San Marino. Daniel Sturridge misses with an injury, but England still have great options with Raheem Sterling, Wayne Rooney, Danny Welbeck and new call up Harry Kane. If Hodgson can get all of them clicking, then England’s attacking future is in good hands, especially when Sturridge is back too. Would run with Rooney as a 3/1 First Goalscorer option as he has scored seven in his last eight England games. With Harry Kane unlikely to get the start, he is better value at 4/5 in the anytime goalscorer market.

As for Danny Welbeck, he is the Euro 2016 qualifiers joint top goalscorer with five goals so far and heavily trusted by the boss. England and Lithuania have never met before, and it was Lithuania who along with England, came out of the blocks firing with two wins in their opening two qualification games, beating San Marino and Estonia. However, defeats against Slovenia and Switzerland and then a 0-0 draw in a friendly against the Ukraine has seen their bubble burst. They have failed to score in any of their last three matches played and shouldn’t pose too much of a threat to the Three Lions at Wembley.

England v Lithuania Betting Odds

England 1/10, Draw 9/1, Lithuania 22/1

England v Lithuania Predictions

Should be all fairly routine for England. There are an easy three points on offer for them here and being such a solid qualification side, you wouldn’t expect any upsets here, not with England’s attacking option. Back England to win to nil for 1/2 and Wayne Rooney is hard to ignore as First Goalscorer.

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24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Euro 2016 Betting

After earning his first senior call to the England squad, Tottenham’s Harry Kane is being quoted at a price of 5/6 with William Hill to find a goal in either of England’s next two games.

The Three Lions head back into France 2016 qualification when they take on Lithuania on March 27th at Wembley and then take a break from competitive action when they head to Italy on March 31st for an international friendly.

It has been a  phenomenal breakthrough season for Kane, who netted a hat trick on the weekend against Leicester. That was his first top flight hattrick and moved him on to 19 league goals for the season, putting him level with Diego Costa and ahead of Sergio Aguero. Kane is 11/8 to win the Premier League Golden Boot this season.

But will he fire for England? This is his big step up from the Under 21 squad and he is a 5/2 quote to net against Lithuania, where he is even money to make the starting eleven. That may be a step too far with Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge and Roy Hodgson’s favoured Danny Welbeck likely to be in the pecking order ahead of the Tottenham man.

William Hill are also offering a price of 5/6 for Kane not to score against either Lithuania or Italy.

Goalkeepers: Joe Hart (Manchester City), Rob Green (Queens Park Rangers), Jack Butland (Stoke City).

Defenders: Leighton Baines (Everton), Gary Cahill (Chelsea), Nathaniel Clyne (Southampton), Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal), Phil Jagielka (Everton), Phil Jones (Manchester United), Danny Rose (Tottenham Hotspur), Chris Smalling (Manchester United), Kyle Walker (Tottenham Hotspur).

Midfielders: Ross Barkley (Everton), Michael Carrick (Manchester United), Fabian Delph (Aston Villa), Jordan Henderson (Liverpool), Adam Lallana (Liverpool), James Milner (Manchester City), Raheem Sterling (Liverpool), Andros Townsend (Tottenham Hotspur), Theo Walcott (Arsenal).

Forwards: Harry Kane (Tottenham Hotspur), Wayne Rooney (Manchester United), Daniel Sturridge (Liverpool), Danny Welbeck (Arsenal).

24th March 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Sports Betting

Can England get their Cricket World Cup on track as they head into their second match of the tournament, taking on joint hosts New Zealand in the early hours of Friday morning? England were taught a harsh lesson by tournament outright favourites Australia in their opener, and they really need to play with some better intensity if they are going to compete in Pool A.

England were always really going to have to write off that opener, because they aren’t at the level to compete with Australia at the moment. England are 13/8 underdogs at online betting site 888Sport against the Kiwis, who are 1/2 odds on for a win.

While England lost their first World Cup game by over 100 runs against Australia, New Zealand dealt with the awkward challenge of Sri Lanka in the tournament’s opener, taking a 98 run victory. They followed that up as well with a cruise to victory over Scotland in their second pool match.

So it’s just about the toughest start to the competition that England could have faced, and while there are easier games to come, they really have to start proving themselves against good side.

A win against the Kiwis would put England in pretty good standard. Were England just having an off day in the intimidating atmosphere against Australia? Have England figured out how to bowl at the end of an innings?

In the Top England Batsman market for England v New Zealand cricket world Cup betting, Ian Bell is 7/2 favourite, flower by Joe Root, Moeen Ali, Alex Hales and Gary Ballance at 9/2. You have a three way split between James Anderson, Steven Finn (who took a hat trick against Australia and Stuart Broad who are all 3/1 quotes in the market.

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19th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

Cricket Betting

England are heavy underdogs in their Cricket World Cup 2015 opener, as they take on Australian at the MCG on Valentine’s Day.  England go as 9/4 underdogs for the match, against the 4/11 quote on Australia for the Pool A fixture which starts in the early hours of Saturday morning in the UK.

Australia are 2/1 outright favourites to land the title and given England’s pretty poor record in ODI’s against their old enemies, it is hard to back Eoin Morgan’s men to cause an upset. Even though Morgan insists England are not going to be intimidated in Melbourne, it’s going to be an intimidating atmosphere under the eyes of the 90,000 crowd for them.

Morgan is under some scrutiny with his form with the bat and is a 5/1 quote to finish the game as England’s top batsman, a market lead by 3/1 shot Ian Bell, with Joe Root, Moeen Ali, James Taylor and Alex Hales all 4/1 quotes. The top Australian Batsman market is split between joint favourites David Warner and Steve Smith who are 3/1 options at the head of the market.

England played Australia in the International Triangular Series as a warm up and lost all three encounters with them, the Aussies winning by 3 wickets in the first two meetings, and then cruising to a 112 victory in the final.

That run of form against Australia has made it thirteen defeats for England in their last 15 one day international clashes against Australia on Australian soil. England’s overall form in one day internationals is pretty shocking, having won just 10 of their last 29 ODI’s.

Despite England being the 5th best ODI side in the world at the moment, they have just a 34% win percentage running, and that is going up against Australian’s 77% win percentage in the format and only Zimbabwe have hit a lower average of fours per ODI game than England have done. Of the Test nations, England are 8th in the lowest run rate per over in the format of the game.

Australia captain Michael Clarke isn’t back to full fitness in time to face England the host nation is expected to cruise to another win over England and are a 5/1 quote to win by 10 wickets or 90+ runs.

Tough to see how England can dig deep enough to really get close to Australia in what will be in front of a hugely partizan and passionate crowd. England haven’t proven that they handle the rigours of the one day format well enough yet, let alone beat the best side in the world at the moment in their own back yard. England should enjoy the day, scratch the game off before it starts and just look forward to more winnable matches in Pool A.

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13th February 2015 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cricket Betting

Sports Betting

Wales v England Six Nations betting kicks off the 2015 championship on Friday night. It is a massive confidence booster to open the championship with a win, and for England, taking one on the road in South Wales would set them up nicely and confirm them as front runners alongside Ireland to win this season’s Six Nations.

England (6/4 at Paddy Power for the win) have been struggling with injuries during their build up (with around a dozen players out, such as Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt) and coach Stuart Lancaster has had to replace six of the starting fifteen who beat Australia in their last match of the Autumn Series last year. Five of England’s starting fifteen in Wales will be lining up for their first ever Six Nations start. Luther Burrell and Jonathan Joseph have the new look role in the centre for England.

Wales (8/15 at Paddy Power) have received a boost in their starting lineup, as big George North comes back onto the wing. Coach Warren Gatland called him out for not having played that well for his country recently, so he will be expecting a lot from the powerhouse on his return. The Welsh may have an advantage, especially early on the in the game, as they have a settled back row to call on, with captain Sam Warburton earning his 50th cap for his country of Friday night.

England won the showdown with Wales in last season’s Six Nations at Twickenham , but that snapped a three match losing streak against the Welsh. England have lost their last two trips to Wales without having managed to get into double figures. They were trounced 30-3 there on their last Six Nations visit in March 2013.

Wales v England Six Nations 2015 Odds

Wales 8/15, England 6/4

Overall, the head to head in Wales v England Six Nations betting is tight. England have won 57 of 125 previous meetings, the Welsh having taken 56 wins with 12 drawers in there. England have averaged 13 points per game against Wales, while the Welsh have averaged 11.6 points per game against the English. Very tight margins and online betting site Paddy Power have a Wales -4 Handicap at a quote of 10/11.

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

Cricket Betting

There is a tough, testing time for England cricket as they head into their latest challenge of an exhausting year in taking on Sri Lanka in a ODI series. This is a seven matches series so a lot to try and play their way through, and England are looking far from a confident side as they return to action next week. During the summer England were easily second best in trials against Sri Lanka and India.

With the Cricket World Cup coming up next year, then England simply confirmed that they are probably not going to get anywhere near the title because, simply put, they are not a good one day side. They were dealt some big blows in losing Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott and to make issues worse for the pressure that is on the shoulders of the under-fire captain Alastair Cook, is that they will be without their best ODI bowler, Stuart Broad.

England go as heavy 2/1 underdogs in Series Betting with online bookmaker Bet365, and are 6/4 outsiders to land a victory in the opening match on November 26th in Colombo.

So while England are looking to find a settled side, with the particular duel for a spot in the side between Moeen Ali and Alex Hales, and need someone like Steven Finn to really step up in replacement of Broad, England will also be facing the dreaded spin. Facing spin on the subcontinent usually leads to embarrassments for England and in the summer they lost half of their wickets to spin, and that coming on tracks built for seam.

England have taken just six wins from their last 16 matches the collective Asian powerhouses away from home, and they have struck up just a 37.5% win percentage in Asia over the last five years, whereas Sri Lanka have a 71% win percentage at home against non-Asian teams.

But Sri Lanka haven’t been without their issues. They go into this series off the back a dreadful time in India, where their bowlers were smashed by Rohit Sharma as the Indian batsman hit a world record 264 just last week. That tally incidentally, is more than England have put together in nine of their last 12 ODI’s. Sri Lanka lost all five of their ODI matches against India recently and that may just at least give England some kind of opportunity to get stuck in.

The numbers aren’t with England in terms of them winning the series, certainly not backable at a price of 2/1 to nab a series win. The best that England may be able to make of this is a close series and in the Series Correct Score market a Sri Lanka 4-3 victory is trading at a quote of 9/4 favouritism, with a Sri Lanka 5-2 victory behind at 5/2. An England 4-3 victory is a 3/1 shot with online bookmaker Bet365.

22nd November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Cricket Betting

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Following their sixth win in a row with a 3-1 victory at Parkhead over Scotland, England have been building up the hype already ahead of the next major championship. Euro 2016 is the next target for England, who do look to be rehabilitating themselves a bit, after a shockingly bad collective performance the 2014 World Cup.

Roy Hodgson’s men have landed four wins from four in Euro 2016 qualifying and are cruising to France in the summer of 2016. But is the hype around their forward apparent forward progress too much already, as England have seen themselves gain plenty of support to land a win at Euro 2016? Six games on from that miserable World Cup in Brazil and suddenly England are the fourth best team in Europe.

The Three Lions are currently 11.0 fourth favourites to win Euro 2016 at online betting site Betfair, following their six wins on the bounce since exiting the World Cup in the summer. While that does make impressive reading, having conceded just the one goal in those six games too, it’s fair to say that their level of opposition hasn’t been great.

Since the World Cup, the Three Lions have beaten Norway, Switzerland, San MArino, Estonia, Slovenia and Scotland.

So they’ve not exactly gone through any major tests apart for their opening Euro 2016 qualifying match in Basel against the Swiss. The results read well, but punters have to re-asses the fact that they only beat Norway at Wembley thanks to a spot kick from Wayne Rooney, and they had to come from behind to beat Slovenia on home turf as well. Only a Rooney effort in Tallinn saw England edge past Estonia in the France 2016 qualifiers as well.

So to believe that the only nations better than England in Europe at the moment are Germany 4.7, Spain 7.8 and hosts France 5.1 is a bit of a stretch. Italy are four points back of England at 15.0 and that is a nation who were runners up at Euro 2012, who beat England in the group stage of the 2014 World Cup and who haven’t lost a game under Antonio Conte.

20th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Euro 2016 Betting

Sports Betting

Can England snap their five match losing streak as they take on Samoa at Twickenham on the weekend? With big questions being asked of them in defeats against New Zealand and South Africa, Stuart Lancaster’s troops are a side under some pressure. They are struggling against the southern hemisphere sides having lost all three tests against New Zealand in the summer, and then losing against the All Blacks again at Twickenham before being toppled by the Springboks. 

The points margins in both games would suggest that England aren’t that far away. They lost by three points against the All Blacks and three against theBoks. But England were a non-resistant force against New Zealand in the second half of their match, and again just lacked the ruthlessness and composure, and couldn’t get any kind of foothold of control in the game against the Springboks.

Still, given their 100% record against Samoa, England fans will be expecting a comfortable win.

If England frankly lose this one, then there rightly should be big questions thrown at them. Samoa aren’t a great side, winning just four of their last ten, their only notable win coming against Scotland back in June of 2013. Their autumn kicked off with a defeat in Italy before taking a ten point win over Canada. Absolutely nothing to write home about apart from being a big physical outfit.  

There have been six meetings between them before and England have won all of them. They haven’t faced off since back in 2010 and England have posted an average of 36 points per game against Samoa, with the Samoans averaging just 15 against the English on average.

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19th November 2014 / Lee A Jackson - Category: Sports Betting

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