With so much media coverage of a negative nature it would seem that the preparations for England’s upcoming World Cup 2014 qualifiers, you would have thought that the atmosphere within the changing rooms would be a tense affair to say the least, after all, surely players like Ashley Cole must have their thoughts on something other than the game ahead, but it seems that the bookmakers are still backing England to reign supreme tomorrow.
The English national team lead by manager Roy Hodgson play host to San Marino and you can be sure that he will be looking to his side to retain focus in a game that seems completely weighed in their favour but the former Liverpool manager will be more than aware that a slip in concentration could result in one of the biggest upsets that the national team has experienced in the past 10 years, so expect to see the England boss presenting a focused approach.
Bookmakers are offering very short odds for those that are looking to place a bet on the English to overcome San Marino, with the likes of Bet365 offering winnings odds at 1/100, signalling that they can’t see anything but an English victory and with those odds reflecting onto the 125/1 odds that San Marino are being offered at, you have to expect that the fixture will be sure to serve up plenty of goal action for those that intend to watch the game.
Generally the international weekend seems to have a host of national sides that look like they have the full backing of the bookmakers, with the Czech’s being offered as 1/20 to win against Malta and the Spanish being offered at 1/7 to travel home from Belarus with all three points.
All eyes will be firmly fixed on the players that play within the premier league though as they have only just been granted the time to be able to join up with their national sides and after a strict calendar of premiership action, there will be a number of players that are set to show signs of being jaded and slightly off key but it seems that online sportsbooks aren’t about to offer that fact any space to influence their pricing, hence the short odds being offered on some of the highest profile national sides in the world.
One thing is for sure though, betting on international football might offer the punter less reason to opt for the easy wins, but with long odds being offered for such as small price, it might be worth a mini stake placement on some of those national sides that aren’t expected to offer up anything more than a training exercise for the teams they face.
A great weekend of international football awaits us, but will football produce one of the biggest shocks yet with a minor country taking down one of the big boys or will the results card read as you would expect?