England have averaged 3.5 goals per game in their six qualifiers so far and are the group’s highest scorers by seven goals. A home game against second leakiest Moldova gives the England starters a chance to boost their goal tallies.
With Wayne Rooney and Daniel Sturridge both ruled out with injuries, Roy Hodgson confirmed in his pre-match press conference that Southampton’s Rickie Lambert will take the role of lone striker in 4-3-3 formation.
Lambert, who scored the winning goal with his first international touch against Scotland, is 11/4 to bag the first goal of the game.
Despite being given the nod to start, the striker still isn’t favourite in the first goalscorer market with that honour going to Jermain Defoe.
Considering the Spurs man will start the game on the bench and enter the fray late in the game, his 5/2 price should be swerved.
On the wings, Danny Welbeck and Theo Walcott will supplement Lambert in attack and are priced at 3/1 and 4/1 respectively to break the game’s deadlock.
Welbeck was far from prolific in front of goal for Manchester United last season but has found scoring goals easier on the international scene.
The 22-year-old has notched six times in his last 12 England appearances and has started this season in far better scoring form, adding a double against Swansea on the Premier League’s opening day to his goal against Scotland.
It’s the superior England strike rate of the high-top hairdo-ed front man that makes him a better bet than Theo Walcott, who over the same period of 12 England games has scored just twice.
The Arsenal man ended last season as his club’s top league scorer but is yet to register for the Gunners in five appearances for them in all competitions this season.