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Odds from Paddy Power ahead of the midweek World Cup qualifiers.
It was mission accomplished for England as they swept aside the joint worst team in the world with the minimum of fuss on Friday night.
The comprehensive 8-0 victory over San Marino was enjoyable for all England fans, but Everton supporters could be particularly happy courtesy of the impressive display from Leighton Baines.
The Toffees star is 16/1 to be First Goalscorer against Montenegro on Tuesday evening and 6/1 to score a goal at anytime in the game. Leon Osman made a brief appearance on Friday and he’s 11/2 to score at anytime – a bet that will be refunded if he plays no part in the game.
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England are 4/5 to claim a win that would make the path to Brazil far smoother and Paddy Power have a great Money-Back Special on the game. If Wayne Rooney scores the last goal of the game, Paddy Power will refund all losing First Goalscorer, Last Goalscorer, Correct Score and Scorecast singles on the game.
Despite going into the game without several key players and little optimism, Republic of Ireland produced a performance full of hard work and discipline to claim a point against Sweden on Friday evening, in which Seamus Coleman was a key part of the huge defensive effort.
Austria are next up at the Aviva Stadium on Tuesday evening and Ireland are 11/10 to claim a win that would put them right back in the hunt for a play-off spot.
Coleman is a tempting 10/1 to open his senior international account with a goal in this match, but again, his influence is more likely to be felt on the other side of the ball. The Boys In Green are 7/5 to win without conceding a goal and once again, that could be down to a good performance from the Blues full-back.
Belgium stayed top of Group A thanks to a 2-0 win over FYR Macedonia and that comfortable victory should give them plenty of confidence going into the quick-fire return match this Tuesday – a match you can watch live streaming of on the PaddyPower.com website.
Marouane Fellaini started in midfield and he’s sure to play an important role again in Brussels. The Everton midfielder is 11/2 to be First Goalscorer and 17/10 to score at anytime in a game the hosts are expected to dominate.
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Scotland’s disappointment in losing at the hands of Wales was compounded by the injury suffered by Steven Fletcher. It does however open a potential window for Steven Naismith to shine against Serbia, with the former Rangers man 11/2 to score at anytime in the match and Scotland 5/1 to win.
In the same group, Croatia claimed a satisfying win over Serbia on Friday and a victory in Swansea over Wales would make it a very good few days for their qualifying campaign. Nikica Jelavic was an unused sub in Zagreb, but he could see some action on Tuesday where he’s 5/1 to be First Goalscorer and 8/5 to score at anytime.