England v Belgium Betting Review

England take on Belgium this afternoon at Wembley Stadium in an International Friendly game which will be their last game before the Euro 2012 competition commences . Commentators believe that new England coach Roy Hodgson will use this game to field his strongest team in preparation for England’s first game at the Euro 2012 tournament against France.

England are without experienced midfielders Gareth Barry and Frank Lampard for Euro 2012 due to injury and will be hoping to avoid further injury problems before going into the tournament – Hodgson has allayed fears about Scott Parker’s injury problems stating that he is fit to play and if this is correct then Parker looks sure to start today’s game alongside Stephen Gerrard in central midfield .

Hodgson will also be pleased to see the Chelsea contingent back in the squad after their Champions League endeavours and will no doubt include Cole,Terry and Cahill in the England defence.

The Belgium team cannot be underestimated though – many observers felt that they should be at Euro 2012 and any team that contains Lille Midfield maestro and current Chelsea target Eden Hazard as well as Chelsea front man Lukaka and Manchester City defender Vincent Kompany ,Everton midfielder Maroane Fellaini ,experienced Arsenal centre half Vermaelen and Sunderland ‘keeper Simon Mignolet will be a team to be reckoned with.

So what do the bookies think ?

In the win market England are clear favourites at 8/13 with most bookies but a slightly more generous 3/4 with BetVictor and BlueSquare

The draw is available at 5/2 generally but slighlty better odds of 11/4 at Betfred and Totesport

A Belgium win is clearly not expected by the bookies who have it at 4/1 across the board.

In other markets the usual suspects are available in the “First Player to Score” market – Rooney at 7/2 generally, Carroll at 4/1 and Defoe and Wellbeck at 5/1 . Perhaps the value bet in this market is 12/1 for Eden Hazard ( 16/1 with BetVictor) who may have reason to impress when being given a chance to play on English soil .

The “Correct Score” markets reflects the bookies confidence in an England win with 6/1 offered for 1-0 , 7/1 for 2-0 and 12/1 for 3-1 to England.

In the event of a Belgium win odds of 12/1 are available for a 1-0 win with 14/1 for a 2-1 win for Belgium.

The LiveFootballScores team feel that this may not be the easy win for England that the bookies are predicting – the value bet appears to be a 1-0 or 2-1 Belgium win with a “saver” of the opposite scores for England.

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