BetVictor column: Much to like about England’s brace

England's Wayne Rooney (centre) and Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew (second right) battle for a ball in the air during the International Friendly at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 18, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/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
England's Wayne Rooney (centre) and Scotland's Charlie Mulgrew (second right) battle for a ball in the air during the International Friendly at Celtic Park, Glasgow. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday November 18, 2014. See PA Story SOCCER Scotland. Photo credit should read: Andrew Milligan/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 produced a brace of excellent 3-1 victories during the international break, maintaining their 100% record in Group E defeating Slovenia at Wembley and following-up with a polished defeat of ‘the Auld Enemy’ at Celtic Park,

There was a lot to like about both victories, the first coming after the visitors had led through a Jordan Henderson own goal however a Wayne Rooney goal on his 100th appearance in and England shirt and a brace from Danny Welbeck ensured the points.

The Three Lions were cut to 12/1 (from 14s) to win a first major trophy since 1966 however the hosts’ still appeal as excellent value at 9/2 with BetVictor, France last successful on home soil in the World Cup back in 1998.

It’s a big week in the Premier League for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, after witnessing his side capitulate at the Liberty losing 2-1 at Swansea.

The Gunners have now thrown away more points than any other team from winning positions in the Premier League this season and enter Saturday’s evening kick-off with Manchester United with a point to prove.

Both sides are odds-on to achieve a top four finish this season (Arsenal 4/9 and United 8/15 with BetVictor) however both look to have it all to do to be crowned Champions with both sides 33/1 and 40/1 respectively behind top of the table Chelsea 1/6 and defending Champions Manchester City 11/2.

BetVictor will be refunding losing bets on selected markets should a penalty be scored at the Emirates on Saturday evening, would ex-Gunner Robin Van Persie take the spot-kick should United be on the receiving end?

On home soil BetVictor make Arsenal 23/20 favourites, the Red Devils 12/5 and the draw 5/2 but the Gunners have struggled against the big boys in recent times, can they lay that ghost to rest on Saturday?

They will never have a better chance with Louis Van Gaal’s side decimated by injuries however Arsenal’s record against United, Chelsea and City reads poor, without a win in their last 14 PL games and just one defeat of the Red Devils in their last 14 meetings (United W10 D3 L1) in all competitions.

All eyes will be on Danny Welbeck, back facing his boyhood club for the very first time after his Deadline Day move away from Old Trafford. The 23-year-old scored an excellent brace in England’s 3-1 defeat of Slovenia at Wembley and is 5/1 to open the scoring and 13/10 to net anytime.

While he remains in excellent form, the occasion may get to the born-and-bred Mancunian, and he is overlooked instead for the best player on the park; Angel Di Maria. The Argentine is in a different parish to the 21 other players on the field and is excellent value at 5/2 to score anytime and 6/1 to be named man of the match with BetVictor.

As mentioned, Chelsea and Manchester City look the two most likely teams to battle out for the Title and look likely to secure a further three points apiece at the weekend. Chelsea are 2/9 favourites when hosting West Brom, Man City 4/11 favourites when welcoming Swansea to the Etihad and BetVictor have a terrific offer for new customers with the double enhanced to (3/1 from 4/6) – fill your boots!

While many people will have swerved the international friendlies midweek, one Sheffield-based punter didn’t .

and kopped a monster pay-out as a result.

We had a lucky postgraduate student place a £5 accumulator (ten-fold) on the Tuesday evening friendlies and retiring for the evening she knew eight of the ten had obliged.

When Uruguay scored a late winner in Chile in the early hours of Wednesday morning all she needed was a draw in the big one Panama v Canada and she would be over £50,000 richer.

She couldn’t sleep, naturally, and the game ended 0-0. Few football fans will remember the goalless draw between Panama and Canada with quite the same affection as one lucky Sheffield student.

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