San Marino v England Betting 22nd March – How Many Is The Question?


San Marino, the whipping boys of European international football, host England tonight in the 5000 capacity Stadio de Seravalle, and the nation expects England to win with ease. But what can we expect of the Three Lions tonight?

A straight win bet is completely out of the question to most. The best odds available for an England win are a minute 1/50 with William Hill which might be an option for the very biggest hitters, but we need a little more value!

San Marino’s last competitive goal was scored all the way back in 2008 in a 1-3 home loss to Slovakia. Since that game they’ve conceded 104 goals without reply. The question, and bet, must be just how much England will beat them by.

Handicap wise, the -5 at 11/8 with bet365 look pretty attractive. England would have to win 6-0 or more to be in the money, but that is surely doable against a team that lost 0-6 at home to Montenegro less than 12 months ago.

England didn’t get it completely right last time, beating the minnows 5-0 at Wembley last October, but Roy Hodgson seems more intent on going all guns blazing this time around. The fact that San Marion are at home should make it a more open match, as teams tend to sho a little more footballing expression on home soil to please the fans.

The correct scores market could also be taken advantage of too. Here are the best prices available:

  • 3-0 England – 13/2 Ladbrokes
  • 4-0 England – 5/1 Sky Bet
  • 5-0 England – 11/2 William Hill
  • 6-0 England – 13/2 William Hill
  • 7-0 England – 9/1 William Hill

Harry Redknapp Favourite In Next England Manager Betting

Harry Redknapp is the bookmakers favourite to become the next permanent England manager after Fabio Capello resigned yesterday.

Redknapp was found not guilty of taking “bungs” in a £189,000 tax dodge and speculation is rife that it was “no coincidence” that Capello left his post on the day Redknapp was cleared.

The 63-year-old Englishman would be a popular choice to lead his underachieving country into Euro 2012 following a dismal World Cup campaign two years ago.

Indeed, Redknapp has displayed such credentials at Tottenham Hotspur, who were languishing near the bottom of the Premier League when he took over in 2008.

Just two years later Redknapp delivered Champions League football for the first time in the White Hart Lane club’s history and has turned Welsh international Gareth Bale into one of the best players in the Premier League. This was a player who had infamously played 24 league matches for the club and not been on the winning side.

This is not the first time Redknapp has turned around the fortunes of a flagging club – his first managerial appointment at Bournemouth in 1983 was when the Cherries sat second-from-bottom in the old Division Three. But, in 1987, they were promoted after winning the league.

He joined West Ham United as assistant manager in 1992 and was appointed manager in 1994 after Billy Bonds resigned. He quit in 2001 after avoiding relegation.

He joined Portsmouth as director of football and when Graham Rix was sacked, he took over as manager in 2002 and won promotion to the Premier League a year later.

But, in 2004, Redknapp committed the cardinal sin of leaving Portsmouth to join arch-rivals Southampton. He stayed at St Mary’s for just over a year and by December 2005 was back at Fratton Park after admitting he made a “monumental mistake” in leaving the club.

Redknapp guided Portsmouth to winning the FA Cup in 2008 but just a few months later, quit the club for a second time to take the job at Tottenham Hotspur.

Redknapp can be backed at current best odds of 1.4 (bet365).

More England Manager Candidates

Undoubtedly Redknapp’s odds are short due to the media frenzy which has taken place during the past 24 hours with him being cleared of tax-dodging and Capello resigning. Both England striker Wayne Rooney and former player-turned-pundit Gary Lineker have also publicly called for Redknapp’s appointment.

However, value hunters will be keen to look elsewhere, so if you want to back somebody at longer odds, you can choose from:

  • Stuart Pearce @ 8.5 (Paddy Power)
  • Guus Hiddink @ 11.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Jose Mourinho @ 15.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Roy Hodgson @ 15.0 (Betfred)
  • Alan Pardew @ 21.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Arsene Wenger @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Martin O’Neill @ 34.0 (bet365)
  • Rafa Benitez @ 34.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Gareth Southgate @ 41.0 (Betfred)
  • Carlo Ancelotti @ 51.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Chris Powell @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Louis Van Gaal @ 51.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Roberto Mancini @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Sam Allardyce @ 51.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Steve Coppell @ 51.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Alan Curbishley @ 67.0 (Paddy Power)
  • Alan Shearer @ 67.0 (Sky Bet)
  • David Beckham @ 67.0 (Sky Bet)
  • Kevin Keegan @ 67.0 (Boylesports)
  • Steve Bruce @ 67.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Ray Wilkins @ 67.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Sir Trevor Brooking @ 67.0 (Sportingbet)
  • Gary Neville @ 101.0 (Bet Victor)
  • Sven Goran Eriksson @ 101.0 (Boylesports)
  • Terry Venables @ 101.0 (Sportingbet)