Ok, so it isn’t going to be a weekend with the Premier League big guns on our TV screens, but that doesn’t mean that the upcoming international matches won’t a chance for us to win some money – and bwin have an enhanced offer that everybody should be thinking about getting on.
England take on the minnows of San Marino in Serravalle on Friday evening in the latest match in their bid to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year, and manager Roy Hodgson could hardly have asked for an easier match as he attempts to steer his side to the top of Group H.
Currently in second place and two points behind Montenegro, whom England face in a crucial match on Tuesday, Hodgson can ill afford any more slip-ups if he wants to avoid a two-legged play-off in order to reach next summer’s tournament, and even if the trip to Podgorica is a tough assignment, Friday night is going to be a stroll in the park.
Even without conveniently suspended captain Steven Gerrard, the injured Jack Wilshire and the absent Rio Ferdinand (Mr Ferguson has ensured he handed in his sick note) England are going to run out easy winners against the smallest of international minnows.
You could get a team out of your local to beat San Marino and nobody is going to get rich by backing the 1/100 on an England win. And you certainly aren’t going to get rich by backing the draw at 31/2 and San Marino at 50/1 – you’d be better off giving your money to charity.
But you might well get rich if you get on bwin’s enhanced 11/10 that England beat San Marino by either a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 scoreline.
Make no mistake, this will be so easy for Hodgson’s men. You have to feel sorry for San Marino, going into matches knowing they have no chance of winning time after time – it must be like playing for Reading.
Their record of just one solitary win (against Lichtenstein in April 2004) and just 19 international goals makes you wonder why they bother – in fact I’m not sure that they do – and they have lost their last 49 games in succession. England will make it 50.
But the 11/10 that they do so by winning 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 has to be taken. Hodgson’s side already have two 5-0 wins to their name in this qualifying campaign – at Wembley against San Marino and away to Moldova – and another big win is on the cards here.
San Marino have conceded four or more goals in 14 of their last 25 matches, and have lost four of their last seven 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0. Whenever they come across a side of any repute they crumble, and they will be doing so again on Friday.
Alternatively, you can take the slightly skinnier but still enhanced 4/5 that England win by at least five goals – 5-0 and any score upwards.
But you have to go back to November 1993 – ironically against San Marino – for the last time England scored seven in an international match and with a huge game on Tuesday, the English players are bound to take it easy once the game has been won.
But they are certain to score a bagful, and the 11/10 on a 4-0, 5-0 or 6-0 victory has to be the play.