England to beat Lithuania – but it won’t be glamorous

Published by on March 24, 2017

Wembley will be in sombre mood ahead of the Lithuania game as England pay tribute to those who lost their lives in Wednesday’s terror attack in London.

Gareth Southgate will be keen for his players to focus on the game despite the difficult circumstances, and the friendly against Germany served as great preparation for this World Cup qualifier.

Southgate made the bold decision to go with three at the back in Dortmund, and a lot of England fans would like to see them operating like that again.

Dele Alli was quite possibly the best player on the pitch, though he did miss a glaring one-on-one vs Marc-André ter Stegen.

The Tottenham playmaker is at 7/2 to score first on Sunday, and with England lacking options up front, he’s probably the best option.

Jamie Vardy was involved in some great link-up play against Germany, but didn’t carve out that many chances for himself. Jermain Defoe didn’t come on, and Marcus Rashford still doesn’t look himself, so the responsibility may fall to Dele again at Wembley.

Recommended bet: England to win 2-0 at 9/2

Even against some of international football’s minnows, England rarely score that many goals, so we’re backing under 2.5 goals.

Back in October, in two games against Malta and Slovenia they managed just two goals, so Southgate’s sole instruction will no doubt be to make sure that they at least win and avoid a potential embarrassment.