Football: Firms expect a cruise in Vaduz for England.
SPORTING quote England supremacy over Liechtenstein as high as 3.7-4 for
tomorrow's Euro 2004 qualifier.
Sven Goran Eriksson's men need a
comprehensive victory over the Group Seven makeweights to put them back in the running and boost their confidence for Wednesday's must-win match against Turkey at the Stadium of Light.
However, their failure to beat Macedonia at St Mary's in their last competitive match and the disappointing performance in last month's friendly defeat by Australia could discourage some from getting long, even at Cantor's slightly cheaper quote of 3.5-3.8.
England's recent away record against European minnows is not overwhelming. They won 3-0 in Moldova in a World Cup 98 qualifier and 3-0 against Luxembourg on their way to Euro 2000.
Sporting rate Scotland 0.5-0.8 goals better than Iceland for their clash at Hampden Park, but goalkeeper Rab Douglas has dismissed Iceland coach Atli Edvaldsson's claims that his team are already out of the running to qualify.
He said: "They are talking about writing themselves off already, which I think is a bit of mind games.
"Eidur Gudjohnsen is obviously a quality player and they have got other guys who play in the English Premiership.
"They have got to come and have a go at us. We can't write them off, that's for sure."
Tonight's U21 internationals - Sporting: 0.3-0.6 Portugal/ England 2.6-2.9 total goals, 24-27 shirt numbers, 11-12 corners, 34-38 bookings, 34-37 first match goal, 46-49 first Portugal goal, 54-57 first England goal, 135-145 total goal minutes, 54-58
Portugal performance, 34-38 England performance, 34-38 hotshots (Helder Postiga, Hugo Viana, Defoe, Ameobi), 13.5-15
Portugal win index, 8.5-10 England win index (Kick-off 6.15pm, live on Sky Sports 1); 1.4-1.7 Scotland/Iceland, 2.5-2.8 total goals, 34-38 bookings, 35-38 first match goal, 38-41 first Scotland goal, 69-72 first Iceland goal, 130-140 total goal minutes, 34-37
Scotland mini-performance, 6-9 Iceland mini-performance,
34-38 hotshots (Maloney, McFadden, Sigurdsson, Kristjanssen). 19.5-21 Scotland win index, 3-4.5 Iceland win index. (Kick-off 7.30pm, not traded in-running)
Tomorrow's Euro 2004 qualifiers - Sporting: 0.5-0.8
Scotland/Iceland, 2.2-2.5 total goals, 21-24 shirt numbers,
10-11 corners, 32-36 bookings; 1.9-2.2 Wales/Azerbaijan,
2.3-2.6 total goals, 23-26 shirt numbers, 10-11 corners, 38-42 bookings.
David Beckham equalises for England against Macedonia in the 2-2 draw last October
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|Publication:||The Racing Post (London, England)|
|Date:||Mar 28, 2003|
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