England face Poland at Wembley in a bid to decide their World Cup destiny and with Ukraine breathing down their necks only a win will do.
Luckily for those too squeamish to consider backing Roy Hodgson’s men for victory there are range of other more non-committal ways to secure a profit without hexing the hosts.
The Three Lions are 11/50 to nab the required result, with the spectre of a Polish victory 21/2 and the draw 21/4.
Wayne Rooney to score first @ 13/4
When it comes to competitive internationals Rooney has been carrying the his nation’s qualification hopes on his broad shoulders for some time.
Five goals in his last four competitive games for Hodgson have ultimately made the difference between England being one point ahead of Ukraine and one point behind.
As if to emphasise the way in which the 27-year-old leads by example for his nation he broke the deadlock in each one of those outings.
Both teams to score @ 13/10
Discounting matches against blunt-nosed minnows San Marino and Moldova both sides have scored in England’s last six Wembley internationals, offering a Poland outfit spearheaded by Bundesliga hot-shot Robert Lewandowski plenty of reason to believe.
Four of the White Eagles’ last five away games have also seen both fans given reason to get jiggy with it, suggesting the visitors are not ones to be overly cautious away from home.
Over 2.5 match goals @ 3/5
Three Lions fans and corporate shills alike have thrilled to the sights and sounds of four goals or more in England’s last four home games.
Poland have been involved in four Group H encounters involving four or more goals themselves, including contests with Montenegro and Ukraine.
Under 3.5 yellow cards @ 87/100
In the three must-win England final round qualifying matches since 2000 (against Croatia in 2007, Poland in 2005 and Greece 2001) the high pressure situation has not once troubled decorum, with no more than three yellows shown in any of those fixtures.
Furthermore, the most recent clash between the sides also shimmied the 3.5 caution bar.