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England travel to Moldova on Friday night (7.45pm kick-off) for their opening 2014 World Cup qualifier, with Newcastle United's Official Betting Partner Bet Butler making Roy Hodgson's men the clear favourites for an away win.

Match odds: Moldova @ 12/1; draw @ 9/2; England @1/3


In qualifiers since 1992, England are undefeated against teams outside the top 100, while Moldova have lost all their games against top ten sides.

Correct score odds: England 1-0 @ 11/2; England 2-0 @ 11/2; England 3-0 @ 8/1


Asian handicap odds: England (-1.5) @ 21/20; Moldova (+1.5) @ 5/6

England have won 86 per cent of their qualifying games by two goals or more against teams outside the top 100 since 1992, while Moldova have lost by two goals or more in 71 per cent of their fixtures against top ten sides.

England last played Moldova in 1998, recording 3-0 and 4-0 victories away and at home respectively.

The (-1.5) handicap means England have to win by two clear goals, while the (+1.5) handicap means Moldova can lose by a goal and still win the bet.


Under/Over 2.5 goal odds: Under 2.5 goals @ 1/1; Over 2.5 goals @ 10/11

Wayne Rooney will certainly be missed, but in their 3-2 Euro 2012 victory over Sweden, England showed that they are not without options.

England have gone over 2.5 goals in 71 per cent of their games against teams outside the top 100 in qualifiers, while Moldova games have gone over 2.5 goals in 79 per cent of games against top ten teams.


First scorer odds: Jermain Defoe favourite @ 4/1

The first scorer market is wide open, with Jermain Defoe 4/1 favourite to net first. Daniel Sturridge and Danny Welbeck are next in line at 9/2. Joleon Lescott is 30/1 to score another first goal for England.

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