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Moldova v England: Good chance for England to boost goal difference

| 07.09.2012

England’s great form in qualifiers and Moldova being on the wrong side of a quality gulf renders Roy Hodgson’s men difficult to back in this match at 1/3.

With a win seeming all but certain, a prospect with greater attraction is an England win with Jermain Defoe getting on the scoresheet.

All but one of the Spurs striker’s goals in the white of England have come in games which the Three Lions have emerged victorious, most recently when he notched the winner against the Italians last time out.

Defoe can expect plenty of time on the Zimbru Stadium’s hallowed turf due to England’s lack of numbers up top and, with three points more a question of when, not if, this combination is something punters can turn to with confidence in its value for money at 8/11.

Defoe’s likely strike partner in Chisinau is Danny Welbeck who is in good scoring form at international level, netting both of his England goals in his last four games.

These goals have been of great importance to the team as they both allowed England to take the spoils and it’s 3/1 with Ladbrokes that the Manchester United man is the last person to notch against Moldova.

Whoever scores first or last, England’s superiority should see them wrap the game up in the first half and you can get a price of 4/6 that the visitors hold a lead when the half time whistle is blown.

This is probably the best bet of the lot when you consider that throughout England’s Euro 2012 qualifying campaign, they were ahead at after 45 minutes in six of their eight games.

In addition to these bets, Ladbrokes will also refund all losing first goalscorer bets if captain Steven Gerrard breaks the deadlock or rounds off the scoring in this match.

All Odds and Markets correct as of the time of publication



James Middleton