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England look to break records in disposal of San Marino minnows

| 21.03.2013

In what has the potential to be one of the most one-sided World Cup qualifying matches in history, Ladbrokes are offering a range of special markets as England take on San Marino.

And such is the expected dominance of the Three Lions, a bet on the away team breaking all-time records in this match may make the most appeal.

England, who have never scored less than five in three matches opposing San Marino, are 80/1 to record their biggest ever triumph, and to do so they would have to win by a clear 14 goals.

Therefore, despite the obvious gulf in class between the sides, it seems more plausible that a member of the England squad, 1/200 to win the match, could break the record for most goals notched by a player in an international.

12/1 is the price that one of Roy Hodgson’s men scores six or more times in the match, whilst it is 25/1 that Tommy Lawton’s record for the fastest England goal is smashed.

To do so, a player would have to register prior to the 17-second mark, with Wayne Rooney looking most likely as a 7/4 shot to break the deadlock, as he did against San Marino last year.

The Manchester United star can alternatively be backed to outscore the entire San Marino team, with Ladbrokes convinced he can do so at 2/7.

San Marino, 80/1 to simply beat England, are 9/1 in this market, whilst the tie can be backed at 3/1.

And punters taking an interest in those prices should note that the hosts have found the net against England in the past.

Indeed, when last playing as the home side, San Marino opened the scoring just 8.33 seconds into the match, and they can be backed to repeat that feat at an astronomical 8330/1 here.

Though at much shorter odds, punters have a far greater chance of gaining returns by betting on any number of England players to find the net.

Three different players were on the scoresheet in last year’s encounter of this pair, and it is 8/13 that two or three England aces notch again here.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.



John Klee