Is there anyone who is as excited by the World Cup qualifiers as your Humble Handicapper? Why,yes: Mrs. Richardson, because she’s been promised new shoes from the winnings of my soccer picks.
This game should pretty much be a foregone conclusion, as the last time that England played Moldova they came out 5-0 winners. A repeat of that score is available at 9/1, while England to win is a funny 1/20, a draw is at 12/1 and a Moldova victory is valued at 28/1.
Looking at the last five games these sides played it certainly favours England. The three Lions are undefeated in their last five games. They do have a draw sandwich, with three even games in the middle with two slices of victory either side.
Friends and enemies
Three of those games were friendlies and England conceded five goals in those friendly games, but thankfully they scored six.
By comparison, Moldova did win in their latest game, which was a friendly against Kyrgyzstan.
They found it considerably less easy in the qualifiers drawing one and losing the previous two. They even managed to down 1-0 against Montenegrin at home in March. In fact, Moldova haven’t managed to keep a single clean sheet in any of their last five games and have conceded eight goals.
England in their last five have kept just one clean sheet -against San Marino- so I don't think you should necessarily expect either side to keep a clean sheet when they meet.
Other odds worth checking out
England are 4/72 to win Group H while Moldova run as high as 1000/1 in the soccer betting odds.
Moldova have faced England three times, once was in this competition (mentioned above) and the other were ahead of the France '98 World Cup. Back then, they lost 3-0 at home in 1996 and 4-0 away in 1997; a repeat of those scores is available at 9/2 and 5/1.
Don't forget to include the home side went unbeaten for the 2012 European Championships and last lost a qualification match back in the 2009 when they went down 1-0 against Ukraine.
Woy Woy Woy!
England and Roy Hodgson is a pretty scanty outfit and I think it's highly unlikely that Moldova will get anything other than a lesson this Friday. So pick England for your sports picks in this match.
Soccer Pick: 3-1 to England at 25/1 with Bet365
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