England v Russia betting odds

Tonight, England go into their game against Russia knowing that anything less than a victory will be unthinkable…again. The outcome will go a long way to deciding the fate of both team’s chances of reaching the 2008 European Championships.

Though it’s not impossible that both teams could qualify, it is likely that it will be a case of either/or.

As things stand, Russia are one point ahead of England, who go into the game on the back of an impressive performance (finally) against Israel, easing to a 3-0 victory last weekend, notching up their first win at the new Wembley in the process.

England are 4/7 favourites to follow-up that result with Russia at 5/1 to deal a massive hammer-blow to England’s hopes of qualification.

As usual, there has been much debate over Steve McClaren’s team-selection. Emile Heskey justified his recall by Steve McClaren with his performance against Israel, silencing a lot of doubters in the process. Hypocritically, it will probably be those same people who will be calling for McClaren to keep the same team. However, it appears as though McClaren is considering bringing back Peter Crouch.

"This is a tougher challenge. Russia play a different system,” said McClaren.

“They have an excellent defensive record and will be difficult to break down. As much as I would like to keep the same shape, formation and personnel, we may have to tweak one or two things. Peter is a big player for us. He scores goals and has a good partnership with Michael Owen so it is great to have that option coming back.”

On the betting front, those barmy Irish bookmakers, Paddy Power, are offering a generous money-back special. If either England or Russia lead at half-time and fail to win, Paddy Power will refund all losing 1st/last goalscorer, correct score and scorecast bets on the game.

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Editor, Jackpot.co.uk - 2007-09-12 11:55:47

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