Poor travellers Estonia are unlikely to trouble England at Wembley
Apart from the opportunity to finish with a perfect record in Group E, there is nothing resting on England’s final two qualifiers.
Roy Hodgson is still without a host of first-choice players and has resisted the chance to bring Daniel Sturridge back into the squad with the Liverpool striker having just returned to action. But the situation is nothing new for Hodgson, who has already lost John Stones from his original squad for the games against Estonia and Lithuania. Tottenham duo Kyle Walker and Andros Townsend have been called up as replacements.
The England coach must have some idea of the team he’d like to start with at next year’s European Championships but a few of those – including Jack Wilshere, Danny Welbeck and Luke Shaw – are currently unavailable. These next two games could see Hodgson experiment a little with Danny Ings and Delle Ali hoping to make their full international debuts.
Estonia made England work hard for victory in Tallinn, despite having captain Ragnar Klavan sent off shortly after half-time – Wayne Rooney’s free-kick eventually securing all three points. But Magnus Pehrsson’s team haven’t managed a goal away from home in their qualifiers to date and only one point from a 0-0 draw in San Marino.
Amazingly, they are still in with an outside chance of making the play-offs but would need to show uncustomary adventure to win at Wembley – they are 19/1 to do that in our Full Time Result betting. But England could well pick them off if they push forward too much as the Three Lions have profited from counter-attacking tactics since last year’s World Cup debacle.
Alternatively, you can back Estonia to score 0 in our Goal Away Team market at 2/5 with England available at 23/20 in our Alternative Handicap market conceding a two-goal start.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Friday, October 9th at Wembley
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