England 1/8 Favourites To Defeat Lithuania At Home on Sunday

Published on March 24th, 2017 10:12 pm EST

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World Cup qualifiers - England vs. Lithuania - Preview and odds.World Cup qualifying action will continue this weekend when England plays host to Lithuania.

This is an important game for both clubs, though Lithuania will need a small miracle if they want to jumpstart their chances of making it through to the World Cup. As of this moment, Group F looks like this:

England, 10 points
Slovenia, 8 points
Slovakia, 6 points
Lithuania, 5 points
Scotland, 4 points
Malta, 0 points

The top team in each group automatically qualifies for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, while the second place team in each group will be entered into a second round play-off, where the top-ranked runners-up will square off to see who moves on to the World Cup.

As you can see, England would greatly bolster its chances of winning the group with a victory on Sunday, while Lithuania desperately needs a victory in order to keep their heads above water.

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Oddsmakers aren't giving Lithuania much of a chance, as evidenced by those odds:

England, 1/8
Draw, 9/1
Lithuania, 25/1

Winning at home against England would be a stretch at best, though winning on the road might be next to impossible.

Here are the three likeliest results of Sunday's game:

England 2-0, 9/2
England 3-0, 9/2
England 1-0, 6/1

You would have to go all the way down to Lithuania winning 1-0 to get the likeliest pro-Lithuania outcome, which is currently trading for 40/1 at Bet365.

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Jamie Vardy, Jermain Defoe and Marcus Rashford are seen as the likeliest scorers on Sunday, though I wouldn't expect any of these three men to see a full game's worth of action, as England will likely put this one away early.

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