Dutch duo will test Capello's mettle
England's progress under Fabio Capello could be set to face its biggest test yet on Wednesday night when the Three Lions face-off against a Netherlands side inspired by the brilliant Arjen Robben and Rafael van der Vaart.
The dominant Dutch became one of the first nations to book their place for the South Africa extravaganza as they romped through their qualification group claiming seven wins in seven games.
Led by former Feyenoord manager Bert van Marwijk, Holland have impressively built on a strong Euro 2008 showing and now look great value at 12/1 to land their first World Cup in the summer.
It isn't difficult to see why they're excelling either with van der Vaart controlling the middle of the park while the likes of Arjen Robben (9/1 firs goalscorer), Robin van Persie and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar can be relied upon to consistently find the net.
If John Terry and Rio Ferdinand aren't on top form, and perhaps even if they are, then you have to think that 11/8 about the home win smacks of great value.
And on the other hand the one bet I will be having no part of is an England win at 21/10.
The Three Lions, whether under Capello, McLaren or Eriksson, have always tended to purr rather than roar in International friendlies and there is no reason to think this will be any different.
In fact, when you think that the Premier League season is just days away, it's always going to be hard to motivate the squad to give their all for what seems a pointless fixture.
Add into this England's inability to win in the Netherlands since 1969 then you get a sense of the enormity of the task facing them.
A bet that may be more attractive for the patriotic punters amongst you could be the 5/1 about Aston Villa's Ashley Young finding the net within the ninety minutes.
I'm expecting massive things from Young this season after another year of tutoring from Martin O'Neill.
And while a big money move appears to be a certainty at some point, a good performance here puts him fully in the shop window for the big boys and would hugely increase his chances of becoming a regular starter for Capello.
With Gerrard missing it could be as simple as Young needs to create and he has definitely has the ability to do that in bucket loads.
Elsewhere, there is one extra market grabbing my attention, the 8/11 about less than 15 total booking points - meaning less than two bookings.
With club managers all over Europe praying their star men don't get injured ahead of the start of the season, you have to think there will be few robust tackles.
I'd be more surprised if there was even a single booking throughout the match - and that's taking into account Wayne Rooney's often erratic behaviour.