Frank Lampard’s likely inclusion in England’s starting XI against Wales this evening makes him a good bet to open the scoring at Wembley.
The 33-year-old will be looking to build on his record of scoring the first goal in two of England’s last three fixtures against Wales and is priced at 6/1 to do so by bwin.
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Crucially, the Chelsea star looks set to be preferred to either Scott Parker or Gareth Barry, with the Spurs and Manchester City midfielders both just one yellow card away from suspension.
England boss Fabio Capello is keen to ensure that at least one of Parker or Barry is available for the qualifier against Montenegro on 7th October, clearing the path for Lampard to start the game rather than appear from the bench as he did against Bulgaria in England’s last match.
Alternatives to Lampard in the first goalscorer market include Wayne Rooney and Jermain Defoe.
Rooney, priced at 5/2, is in sensational form at present having scored seven goals in four appearances already this season, including two against Bulgaria for England last week.
Defoe, priced at 4/1, is also well-positioned to strike given predictions he is set to start alongside Rooney up front this evening, with Capello thought to be considering a switch to 4-4-2 in order to counter the threat of Gareth Bale.
The last time Defoe started an England match at Wembley – against Bulgaria last September – he bagged a hat-trick.
As for Wales, Steve Morison open the scoring in his country’s 2-1 win over Montenegro on Friday and is priced at 14/1 to repeat the trick, while Bale is at 18/1.
However, betting on a player with a Three Lions badge looks the way to go given England’s record of scoring in the first half in seven of their last nine games.
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