England v Lithuania – Euro 2016 Qualifiers 27 March 2015
England are a perfect four for four in their qualifying campaign for Euro 2016. The Three Lions currently top place in Group E with 12 points from a possible 12. Roy Hodgson has made the perfect start to qualifying after a subpar World Cup in Brazil last summer.
Next up on the schedule is a Friday night encounter with Lithuania on 27 March. Hodgson will be confident in maintaining momentum and securing a fifth straight victory. At the halfway point, that would place England in an excellent position to qualify.
A six-point gap currently exists between England and three sides currently level on six points. Alongside Slovenia and Switzerland, Lithuania is a little further behind with a negative goal difference of -3.
From four Group E games, the Lithuanians have registered two victories and two defeats. However, those two victories were against the group’s weakest sides. Lithuania won 2-0 against whipping boys San Marino and 1-0 versus Estonia.
The Premier League had dramatically increased in intensity during recent weeks. Star players like Wayne Rooney, Daniel Sturridge, and Raheem Sterling will all enter the game eager to highlight their reputations as quality international players.
England get to line up at home for this game, which will give them a comfortable edge in their preparations. Although England are already clear favourites, this will make them even more likely winners.
While the star trio above will be fit to face Lithuania, Roy Hodgson will be disappointed by the absences of Adam Lallana and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to injuries. Both are favourites of Hodgson, as is winger Andros Townsend, who cannot seem to command a starting place in the first-11 of Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Tip one: Over 2.5 goals @ 1.61 with Betfair
Tip two: Over 1.5 goals in first half @ 2.5 with Betfair
Lithuania have the second-worst defensive record in the group, conceding six goals in four games. This is the first time they face England, so there should be goals on the cards. The pace of Raheem Sterling will open up dangerous spaces for Daniel Sturridge and Wayne Rooney to occupy.