Spreadwise: Football: Handicap double on cards as firms overrate England.Byline: KEVIN PULLEIN
When England played Liechtenstein in March, Spreadwise advised a small-stakes sell of Sven Goran Eriksson's men on a handicap handicap
In sports and games, a method of offsetting the varying abilities or characteristics of competitors in order to equalize their chances of winning. Handicapping takes many, often complicated, forms. index.
It is worth risking the profit from that trade tonight when the countries meet again at Old Trafford Old Trafford commonly refers to two sporting arenas:
Sell England giving Liechtenstein a four-goal start on a 25:10:0 index with either IG or Sporting. You can get low at 13.0. If England win by five goals or more, you lose 12 times your stake. If they win by exactly four goals, you win three times your stake. Any other score and you win 13 times your stake.
Admittedly, Liechtenstein are as bad as you would expect such a small country to be.
Already they have lost by five goals in Turkey, who are of a similar standard to England, and four goals in Slovakia, who are a lot worse.
But overall, Liechtenstein's and England's performances so far in the Euro 2004 qualifiers have been consistent with their current Fifa world rankings, and past experience suggests these should translate to a supremacy SUPREMACY. Sovereign dominion, authority, and preeminence; the highest state. In the United States, the supremacy resides in the people, and is exercises by their constitutional representatives, the president and congress. Vide Sovereignty. expectation of only around four goals when the pair meet in Blighty.
Being able to sell the England (-4) handicap index at 13.0 is at least as attractive a trade as being able to sell England supremacy at 4.4 with Cantor, IG or Sporting.
England will be at less than full strength and may withdraw some of the remaining key starters if they get two or three goals in front. What is more, up until now, Eriksson's side have produced their best performance against the strongest opponents and the worst against the weakest.
Having said that, any substitutes introduced tonight will sense an opportunity to impress against unsophisticated adversaries, and perhaps play themselves into the reckoning for next month's Group Seven decider in Turkey. Don't expect England to stop going forward.
David Beckham Editing of this page by unregistered or newly registered users is currently disabled due to vandalism. and co could win by any score - colleague Mark Langdon has identified an opportunity to back them to win 5-0 on the fixed-odds - but on the spreads there is a bit of an incentive to bet on them winning by a moderate rather than a mammoth mammoth, name for several large prehistoric elephants of the extinct genus Mammuthus, which ranged over Eurasia and North America in the Pleistocene epoch. margin.
Sell England (-4) handicap
2pts at 13 (IG, Sporting)
David Beckham and Co may not hit a hatful of goals tonight