England have followed the disappointment of their Euro 2011 group stage elimination by starting their qualifying campaign for the next tournament in imperious form.
Stuart Pearce’s side have won their opening three games, including an impressive 3-0 victory in Iceland, and are strong favourites to continue that run in the return match at Colchester on Thursday.
England are 1/5 in bwin’s 3Way football betting market, with the visitors 11/1 to claim an upset victory and the draw priced at 9/2.
Iceland were one of the surprise packages of Euro 2011, finishing as top scorers in qualifying before narrowly missing out on a semi-final spot on head-to-head record.
However, much of that team is no longer eligible for the under-21s and new head coach Ólafur Jóhannesson’s young side have struggled to replicate their achievements in this qualifying campaign.
England were comfortable winners in Reykjavik with Arsenal youngster Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain scoring a stunning hat-trick and punters should back them to win their fourth consecutive game featuring at least three goals.
It’s 1/2 with bwin for a game featuring 2.5 goals or more, but given that England have a wealth of emerging Premier League talent available, including Oxlade-Chamberlain, Liverpool’s Jordan Henderson and Chelsea’s Josh McEachran, odds of 5/4 for a game featuring 3.5 goals or more are worth considering.
Should the Young Lions really hit form and manage to score four goals or more, new customers using the £25 free bet they receive when joining bwin.com would win £56.25.
However, they are missing Phil Jones and Kyle Walker in defence following their senior call-ups, meaning England may be vulnerable to the exciting pairing of Ajax’s Kolbeinn Sigthorsson (eight goals in 17 caps) and AZ Alkmaar’s Johann Berg Gudmundsson (eight in 16) so betting on both sides to score at 21/20 also looks a good way to go.
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