BETVICTOR COLUMN: England 1/8 to keep up 100% start

England Manager Roy Hodgson with captain Wayne Rooney (left) during a press conference at The Grove Hotel, Hertfordshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Thursday March 26, 2015. See PA story SOCCER England. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire. RESTRICTIONS: Use subject to FA restrictions. Editorial use only. Commercial use only with prior written consent of the FA. No editing except cropping. Call +44 (0)1158 447447 or see www.paphotos.com/info/ for full restrictions and further information.
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England meet Lithuania for the first time at senior level at Wembley tonight (Fri) in a Euro 2016 qualifier and are 1/8 to maintain their 100% record, having gained a maximum 12 points from their four Group games to date.

The Three Lions are one of only four nations who can boast a perfect record in the group stages to date with the other three Slovakia, Israel and the Czech Republic.

Roy Hodgson’s side are 7/2 at BetVictor to win every game in the group and it will be a major shock if Lithuania halt their progress given you have to go back to November 2007 to find England’s last competitive home defeat when they lost 3-2 to Croatia on a night famous for the Steve McClaren headline “A wally with a brolly”.

Lithuania have only won two of their last ten competitive away fixtures and those successes were against the might of San Marino and Liechtenstein.

Harry Kane looks as if he will make his debut at Wembley given Daniel Sturridge will miss the game through injury and the Spurs striker is 10/3 at BetVictor to score first and 4/5 to find the back of the net at any time.

England are ½ to win to nil and Lithuania failed to find the back of the net in their last two internationals in Switzerland (4-0) and at home to Slovenia (2-0).

England to win 3-0 is 5/1 and Kane to score the opening goal in a 3-0 victory is 18/1; I think the quote of 17/2 at BetVictor for England to win 4-0 is just too big and that must be the recommendation.

Note we have a new customer offer of 3/1 (max £10) for England to beat Lithuania at Wembley on Friday.

The Three Lions are 14/1 to lift the Euro 2016 Trophy in Paris next summer but I can’t see past favourites and World Champions Germany (10/3) or hosts France (9/2).

Only a Mats Hummel header separated the nations in the World Cup Quarter Final in Brazil last summer and I just think home advantage might be the difference next year.

The F1 Drivers’ Championship looks a one-horse race and that’s after only one Grand Prix with 2014 Champion Lewis Hamilton confirming his 2014 superiority in Australia earlier in the month over team-mate Nico Rosberg. Hamilton is ½ to make it back-to-back wins and a more interesting market might involve our betting without the Mercedes teammates. Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo is 16/1 (each way 1/5 odds 1, 2, 3) in the betting without Hamilton and Rosberg and that might be too big for the Aussie despite a modest showing from the team in Australia.

The ICC World Cup Final will take place on Sunday with New Zealand booking their place in the Final after an extraordinary semi-final success over South Africa in Auckland on Tuesday.

The Baggy Greens meet India in the second semi and they were 11/10 to regain their World Cup crown ahead of the semi.

Yorkshire beat the MCC by nine-wickets in Abu Dhabi earlier in the week with skipper Adam Lyth scoring 113 and 46 not out and let’s hope England skipper Alastair Cook, who scored 3 and 2 in the comprehensive loss, will have been suitably impressed.

Whitby lad Lyth remains 10/1 at BetVictor to be top England runscorer in the series and Adil Rashid can be backed at 6/1 to be top wicket-taker.

Both remain too big for me although you get the impression the selectors want to shoehorn Jonathan Trott back into the side as soon as possible with New Zealand and Australia on the horizon this summer.

Gary Ballance might be the one to miss out for the Tourists and Chris Gayle will miss the three Test series for the hosts it was confirmed in the immediate aftermath.

England are 8/15 to win the series but the WIndies have picked an exciting 20-man squad with a nice blend of youth and experience with 40 year-old Shiv Chanderpaul once again likely to be the backbone of the hosts batting.

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