SCOTSMAN Chris Graham (@chrisgraham79) gives us his view on the Estonia v England tie.
Estonia v England | 17:00 | ITV 1
I’ll start with a confession. I’m a huge admirer of England in qualifying mode. They haven’t lost a meaningful qualifying fixture for 7 years and I think that’s impressive. I also get the impression (as an outsider) that English players thrive on these games. No real pressure, no bad memories, just a very professional team beating weaker opponents time and time again.
There are lots of things to like about Estonia. They reached the Euro 2012 play-offs, and in the last campaign drew with Holland. But, in all honesty, they’ve dipped from the heady heights of the 2012 campaign. 16 points were accrued in 2010 and 2011, compared to just seven in 2012 and 2013. That’s a gap that England can exploit. It’s also worth noting they scored just six goals in the last campaign, compared to the 15 in 2011/12.
Roy Hodgson’s side conceded just four goals in the World Cup 2014 qualifiers. A figure that no other side could better from a 10-match qualifying group. They won to nil in 50% of their games and that’s where the selection lies here.
I don’t expect England to score lots of goals on Sunday, but I do think they’re capable of keeping a clean sheet. A win to nil at BetVictor‘s 9/10 seems the sensible choice especially when you consider the best odds in the match prices on the away side are just 2/7.
Estonia v England – England to win to nil (9/10 BetVictor)
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