Dull first halves
Four of Moldova’s seven fixtures in this current campaign have been goalless at the interval. Another saw the deadlock broken in the 33rd minute and there was a 1-1 interval outcome result in one too, meaning that their last five qualifiers have been level at the break. A half-time draw at Wembley is rated an 11/4 prospect.
Unexpected goal threat
Moldova aren’t meant to score goals. They didn’t in their first three qualifiers, but facing San Marino in the fourth provided an injection of confidence that spread rapidly. A 2-0 win in Serravalle provoked a run of just one blank in seven, and they have even breached Brazil hopefuls Ukraine and Poland. Both teams to score is priced at 11/5 away to England.
No signs of being star-stricken
FIFA’s joint-123rd favourite nation haven’t netted in three prior clashes with England, yet it would be erroneous to assume that they therefore lack the tools to inflict such damage. Moldova have fired in five of their eight encounters with other former world champions (delivering in three of their four jousts with Germany and two of their four with Italy).
Goal concession cap
As the other stats illustrate, Moldova aren’t complete amateurs prone to suffering rugby score-style defeats. Sure, they lost at home to England 5-0 this time last year, but they haven’t been involved in a FIFA-recognised match with more than five goals since February 2006, when they were the ones serving up a 5-1 whooping to Georgia. Under 5.5 goals is 1/7.
Fondness for laughing last
On each of the three occasions that Moldova have notched in Group H, they have contributed the collision’s final strike, and the same was true of the latter two Euro 2012 qualifiers that they scored in. They are 27/4 to have the closing say against England.