England v San Marino | Betting Preview

Date: October 9, 2014
Venue: Wembley Stadium, London, England.
Kick off time: 20:45 hrs BST

In a Uefa Euro 2016 Qualification Group E match the mighty England will face minnows San Marino. England will try to run over the easy opposition by a large margin and consolidate their position in the group.

England form: L-L-D-W-W

England is coming into this game with a morale boosting away win over a higher ranked Switzerland at Basel, Switzerland. England would want to erase their World Cup memories as quickly as possible and a home game against San Marino will be just what the doctor ordered to start the healing process.

England has a few injury concerns. With the likes of John Terry and Rio Ferdinand gone, England is trying to establish a new looking back four with Phil Jagielka and Gary Cahill leading from the back. The young duo of Jack Wilshere and Rahim Sterling would like to cement their position in the midfield. In form Danny Welbeck would partner the captain Wayne Rooney up front.

San Marino form: L-L-L-L-L

San Marino are the whipping boys of world football. They are the tied lowest ranked team (with Bhutan) in the FIFA Men’s football rankings. That they have ever won a single match (a decade back) in their history would further corroborate their rankings. With all of their players representing domestic clubs, they would hope to play as a team and make it as difficult for England to score the first goal.

Key Players

England: Danny Welbeck.

The Arsenal FC striker has hit a rich vein of form. Having netted his first hat trick for his club against Galatasaray to add to the brace he scored against Switzerland the last time he played for England, he will look to add to his goals kitty and improve his goals per match average. Having regular first team action for Arsenal is making a world of good for his confidence and finishing skills.

San Marino: Andy Selva.

San Marino’s captain and all-time leading scorer is their ultimate inspiration. He is also their second most capped player. The scorer of the only winning goal in their history will hope against hope for some miracle by drawing from his huge stock of experience to try and strategies to block out the mighty England team.

Betting Advice

That England will win is a given. Danny Welbeck should score, so should Wayne Rooney. International football is always close. Unfortunately this is the closest it gets to walk in the park for a national team, with William Hill offering 1.66 for Danny Welbeck to score a couple of goals or more. More than 4.5 goals is at 1.16 with Betfair.