England may have soared to the top of their World Cup qualification group with a 4-0 win over Moldova but it came at a cost.
Punters have been quick to pile into the 23/10 for England not to score in Tuesday’s important qualifier in Ukraine after brace bagger Danny Welbeck picked up his second yellow card of the qualification period.
He’s now ruled out for the trip to their Group H rivals.
Welbeck’s suspension leaves manager Roy Hodgson with a striker crisis on his hands.
Wayne Rooney is missing with a gashed head and in-form Liverpool hit-man Daniel Sturridge, who has a groin strain, is rated as “less than 50-50” to make the Kiev clash by his gaffer.
New England hotshot Rickie Lambert, who bagged his second international goal on his full debut against Moldova, will be relied on to lead the line.
However, his inexperience of playing games at the top level makes it difficult to foresee him being a goal threat versus an organised Ukrainian defence, that have only conceded four goals in seven matches in Group H.
The Yellow-Blues are just one point behind the Three Lions with three games to play, and a win for either team will propel them into pole position to grab the vital automatic qualification spot for Brazil’s football extravaganza next year.
It’s a game that has got the bwin traders scratching their heads.
England possess the superior individual quality but home advantage is a huge factor in these pressure packed qualification matches.
Ukraine, fresh from walloping San Marino 9-0, can be punted at 24/13 whilst Hodgson’s men, despite their growing list of absentees, are the slight favourites at 23/17.
The draw, which will be a very positive result for the visitors, will be well supported by kick-off and is a 12/5 poke.