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Easy for England but Scots could suffer more heartache

Easy for England but Scots could suffer more heartache


The World Cup qualifiers continue on Sunday and all the teams involved will be hoping to complete the first half of their campaigns with victories.

England are amongst those in action as they welcome Lithuania in Group F. The Three Lions top the pool and will be confident having twice beaten their opponents to nil when they met in qualification for Euro 2016.

Anything other than a repeat result appears unlikely and an England win to zero is 10/27. Gareth Southgate might again look to use this game to experiment but his side should still have more than enough and 3-0 is 19/4, while 4-0 is 27/4.

Also in that pool, second bottom Scotland welcome Slovenia and are in desperate need of a victory.

The Scots are likely to make changes from Wednesday’s 1-1 with Canada and are 27/20 to win but will need to be at their best having lost 3-0 in their last two qualifiers. Srecko Katanec’s men are unbeaten this campaign and with quality throughout their ranks, could just claim a crucial win (47/20) in their bid to reach Russia.

Elsewhere, and Northern Ireland will be eyeing all three points against Norway. Michael O’Neill’s men are second in Group C and have a chance to strike a huge blow with two of their rivals meeting on Sunday.

Odds of 7/5 for a home win looks a brilliant price against a nation who are far weaker than they have been in the past.

A victory could prove huge with pool leaders Germany also facing fellow qualification hopefuls Azerbaijan. Die Mannschaft were lacklustre against England on Wednesday but are 1/9 to win in Baku and should not have too many worries.

However, their defensive issues will give the Azeris encouragement and an away triumph with both to score at 23/10 could be on the cards.

There is also a hugely intriguing tie in Group E as second-placed Montenegro welcome leaders Poland. A home victory at 33/10 would see Hrabri sokoli go top of the group and claim an historic triumph as they aim for a first major tournament appearance.

The Poles are very good though and are rightly the 20/23 favourites to succeed. Those eyeing some extra value may look at the 15/4 on offer for the competition’s joint topscorer Robert Lewandowski to score two or more, while Arkadiusz Milik is 17/10 to net at anytime.

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