Lithuania v England Tips and Betting Offers, World Cup Qualifier, Sunday, 8th October 2017
England’s place at the World Cup in Russia this summer is secured, with a game to spare. The Three Lions finish their qualifying campaign with a trip to Lithuania, with little pressure on their shoulders. However, obviously England have a few concerns given the fierce following the national team has. Will Gareth Southgate lead his team to a victory to wrap up the campaign, or will they follow up an awful display against Slovenia with an awful result away to minnows Lithuania?
England may have nothing to play for in this trip, but they’re still heavy favourites to claim all three points here. The Three Lions can be backed at 4/11 with Betfred in this game, with the draw out at 4/1 with Betfair. The hosts have been priced up at 13/2 with Ladbrokes, so we can’t see Lithuania ending this group on a high.
Gareth Southgate did admit that his side weren’t good enough in their win on Thursday night. While the former Middlesbrough coach has demanded an improvement, his side have consistently under performed in this group so far. They’ve been dull to watch, and with the side already seeming to lack drive, you have to wonder what they’ll be like in this clash.
However, England are only playing Lithuania. They’ve got to worry about bigger challenges down the line, but the Three Lions should breeze past a side as poor as this. However, while they’re likely to get the win, England do have a habit of making matches much tougher than they should be, even their 2-0 home win over Lithuania wasn’t the straightforward result they would have liked.
The problem for England here is that they’ve not yet scored in the first half of any of their away games in this group. That involves being held to a draw against Malta in the first half, which is a problem for the Three Lions. All of their matches on the road in this group have been 0-0 at half-time, and we’re backing the same again. We’re going for a draw at half-time before England claim the points in the second half, which is priced at 16/5 with 888Sport.
We expect England’s defence to hold out throughout the 90 minutes in this game, given that there’s little threat around this Lithuania side. The hosts tend to struggle when they come up against any of the top 20, so we’re backing England to win and keep a clean sheet in this game, which is really well priced at 5/4 with BetVictor ahead of their final qualifying clash of the campaign.