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Bet Of The Day: Get Bettingpro.com’s best bet for Friday, October 11

Harry Kane of England (credit:Nick Potts/PA Wire/PA Images)

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Today's Best Bet: Friday, October 11


Ben Darvill: Back England to beat Czech Republic and both Harry Kane and Raheem Sterling to score anytime @ 3/1 with Paddy Power

England return to international duty this week which comes at the perfect time for many of their star players who are desperately looking to regain some sort of form to take back with them to their clubs. The likes of Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City have all struggled in recent weeks with many of their best players also central to the success of England, with Harry Kane, Marcus Rashford and Raheem Sterling all featuring prominently under manager Gareth Southgate. While the trio cannot solely be blamed for the struggles of their teams, as three of their best players they will know full well that they can have a major impact in turning around the fortunes of their employers. 

While they may have struggled with their clubs, the same cannot be said of their time on the international stage. England have been superb this year and currently boast a 100% record in their Euro qualifying group. Four wins in four sees them onto 12 points, three clear of next opponents Czech Republic and four ahead of Kosovo, whom they have a game in hand over. Clearly, England have put themselves in an exceptionally strong position going into their fifth match and, if they can secure a win on the road against the Czech Republic, it would see them open up a six point lead over the second-placed side with all teams having played five matches with only nine points left available to them. In comparison to the poor positions England have put themselves in in easier qualifying groups in the past, this campaign has been a very impressive one for the Three Lions.

Of course, it has not been anywhere near perfect for the side, that just wouldn't be England. Going into their last match they had conceded just one goal, however, Kosovo came and ruffled a few feathers as they went 1-0 up and threatened an outrageous comeback after scoring two unanswered second-half goals to make it 5-3 with over 30 minutes still to play as they dragged themselves back from being 5-1 down. Indeed, the goals England conceded were hardly unstoppable ones, with defensive lapses and the gifting of possession something that still haunts them to this day despite the side improving dramatically under Southgate. What will also worry Southgate is the fact that any time England have conceded in a game, they have gone 1-0 down early-on, with Montenegro taking a 17th minute lead before eventually being ousted 5-1 by the Three Lions. While this has been a good test of character for this ever-improving side, better teams will not take their foot off the gas like Montenegro did, and while Kosovo did try to keep playing, their lack of real top class talent showed, with England able to pick them apart with precise passing and intelligent movement. Against Spain, France, Germany and their equals though, going a goal down early can often see the game immediately start to slip away from a team. 

In this one though we think there will be little chance of failure. England hammered Czech Republic 5-0 in their group opener at Wembley as Sterling bagged a hat-trick in an exceptionally impressive performance for a man that has become indispensable to England. Also on the score-sheet that night was Tottenham and England captain Kane, who nabbed a penalty in first-half injury time to continue to close the gap between himself and England's all-time leading scorer Wayne Rooney (Kane is currently on 26 goals in 41 games while Rooney ended on 53 goals in 120 matches). While catching Rooney will not yet really prove to be a major factor for Kane, it can act as another driving force to score goals, especially when considering Kane is still very young and is playing in a far more free-scoring England side. As for Sterling, the goals keep on rolling in for the forward and he just keeps getting better. Six goals in the campaign (the same tally as Kane) have come along with four assists showing that the Manchester City attacker is just constantly getting in the right positions and is a real threat in the opposition half. Czech Republic will have very bad memories of both Sterling and Kane and will likely look to double up on the pair, however, this does not always work, especially with the pace and talent England now boast. Even if the hosts are to try to mark Sterling out of the game it will open up space for his teammates and, with his blistering pace, Sterling does not often struggle to get away from defenders. As for Kane, he is skilful and clever enough to beat his man without needing to be particularly quick, and we think the home team will fall foul of the deadly combo that is forming and strengthening between Kane and Sterling. 


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