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Stuart Dalgleish 7th Jun 2009 - 18:22

Young Lions can go goal crazy against Azerbaijan

England play their final warm up game before the European Under-21 Championships at stadium:mk.

Stuart Pearce's side have performed fantastically well in qualifying; winning seven out of their eight group games, only conceding once along the way - a 1-1 draw in Portugal.

Qualification from the play-offs was slightly less straight forward, in two high scoring games England edged out Wales 5-4 on aggregate, despite Simon Church claiming three goals for the Welsh over the two legs.

England open up the European Championship with a winnable looking game against Finland, as they try make up for the heartache of 2007 - when they were defeated by the Netherlands on penalties after an incredible 32 spot kicks were struck in the semi-final shoot-out.

Before that though, another supposedly 'inferior' opposition in Azerbaijan await in this friendly match.

Pearce's team shouldn't have many problems overcoming the minnows but will be without some key players - Aaron Lennon, record cap holder James Milner and captain Steven Taylor will all be missing, amongst others, for one reason or another.

The Young Lions go into the game as huge odds-on shots at 1/12, correct score betting should provide better value though - a 3-0 win available at 5/1, a 5-0 rout priced at 10/1. The draw is a big price of 17/2, whilst an unlikely looking away win for the Azeri's is a whopping 25/1.

Aston Villa star Gabriel Agbonlahor has notched five goals in 13 Under-21 appearances, including the winner in the first leg play-off against Wales and he could well be on the scoresheet tonight. The pacy striker is 3/1 to grab the first of the game, 16/1 to bag a hatrick.

Skilful winger Adam Johson has scored in three of his last six Under-21 games and could prove good value at 7/1 to get the first of the evening, 2/1 to hit the back of the net at anytime of the match.

Be sure to join us when the action gets underway, our betlive service will offer you a wealth of in-running markets for you to bet on right up to the final whistle of what promises to be a goal-fest in Milton Keynes.

England U21 v Azerbaijan U21 - Monday 19:30

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