Roy's Boys Going For Goals Against Minnows
England v San Marino
Say the name ‘San Marino' to any England football fan of a certain age and you will observe that kind of shudder that starts of the base of the spine, works its way up the back and is completed with a gruff, muttered repeat of the tiny country's name.
Even now writing this article, my mind has been drawn to a blurry version of that evening's events at the Studio Renate Dollar in Bologna when Stuart Pearce's under hit backpass was pounced upon by David Gualtieri (yep, there's that shudder again) to put San Marino ahead in the game they had to win by seven clear goals, the match ended 7-1.
19 years on from that futile night in Italy, England welcome the European minnows to Wembley and to an expected 90,000 sell-out. The attendance in itself dwarves the 32,000 population of the hilly nation, buried in the Apennine mountains of northern Italy.
Bookmakers and punters alike have dismissed this game as a routine victory for England, with the unbackable price of 1/100 placed on them, while the visitors are a speculative, but yet still very hard to back 100/1. This is where the Correct Score and Goalscorer markets come in to play.
The favourite scorelines ahead of the match are England 5-0 (9/2) and England 6-0 (9/2). To put this game into perspective, the Three Lions are only 18/1 to win the game 10-0.
The double result market sees the England/England selection priced at 1/20 and for those interested in the Match Handicaps market, I can tell you that England -3 goals is just 1/12 but a more feasible bet is England -5 at 4/6.
2 or more 4/7
2 or more 4/7
2 or more 4/6
2 or more 4/5
The William Hill Headline offer for this World Cup qualifier is for any England player to score 4 or more goals in the game, priced at 5/1!