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Steven G – expecting jeers

Steven Gerrard

After being so hideously short changed during the World Cup, those looking to extract some kind of compensation from the England team would be wise to look at the betting markets.

Here’s a wonderful few paragraphs from our buddies at Betfair Football

The members of the World Cup squad that line up for England against Hungary in tonight’s Wembley friendly are expecting to be booed, with Fabio Capello and Steven Gerrard being drawn so much on the subject of whether it’s deserved that they’ve practically encouraged it.

However, our prediction is that it won’t be jeers ringing out among the third-empty stadium at full-time but the familiar cheers of misguided optimism, as a return to winning ways sees the latest post mortem shelved and the press begin building the Three Lions up as leading Euro 2012 contenders.

England have responded to their last two tournament exits with convincing friendly successes – 3-0 versus Ukraine in 2004 and 4-0 against Greece four years ago – and with Hungary’s form falling apart recently after a decent World Cup qualifying campaign, normal service should be resumed.

Hungary’s last two away games have both been disasters, losing 3-0 last November to Belgium (who were beaten by Armenia and Estonia earlier in the year!) and getting hammered 6-1 by Holland, so it’s no surprise that the hosts are 1.33 favourites.

Our favoured bet for this match is England to score in both halves at 2.16, partly because of Hungary’s dismal defensive record but also because of Fabio Capello’s plan to bring most of his new stars on in the second half, when they will no doubt be eager to make an impression.

England’s last ten home ties have all featured over 2.5 goals, so that looks to be another punt worth pursuing at 1.74. The friendlies against Egypt and Mexico both ended 3-1, so consider odds of 13.5 on that scoreline surfacing once more.

1 response so far
  • David // August 11, 2010 at 3:15 pm

    Are English fans not interested in warm-up matches that might actually help them qualify for Europe this time?

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