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Liverpool man among our 3 best bets for England’s Ecuador tussle

| 04.06.2014

Roy Hodgson has already confirmed he’ll shuffle his starters for this Ecuador friendly, but facing a South American side in South American conditions (albeit in Miami) really is the ideal test for his side, no matter the participants.

But how can Ladbrokes customers cash in on such a plum situation. Well, here are our three best bets to try out for starters:

England to win @ 17/20

How the Three Lions adapt to the sweltering conditions in the US remains to be seen, but even Ecuador’s familiarity with the humidity in Miami isn’t enough to make them favourites for this clash.

That’s because Reinaldo Rueda’s side have been in horrific form for a year.

Having started the World Cup qualification campaign with just three losses in the first eight games, La Tri have since won just two internationals – be they friendlies or qualifiers – since May 29 last year, a run of 13 games.

One or both teams not to score @ 5/6

Of late, only one side of the scoreboard needs to be put into action during England matches, with both teams finding the net in just two of the Three Lions’ last nine internationals.

Admittedly, Ecuador were last shut out four games ago against Argentina and have scored eight times since then, but their poor form and their likely rotation of playing personnel should be enough to back this with confidence.

Daniel Sturridge to score last @ 4/1

The Liverpool man has been a decisive player for England of late, scoring the opening goals in wins against both Denmark and Peru in the two games prior to this match.

A guaranteed starter against Italy, Sturridge is unlikely to be on the pitch at the first whistle against Ecuador, so should not be backed to make it a hat-trick of deadlock breakers.

Instead, back him to settle things when he makes his likely appearance off the pine.

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

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.