World Cup qualifiers Group H: England v Moldova match preview

A look ahead to tonight’s World Cup Qualifier at Wembley Stadium

England come into this fixture second place in Group H two points off the top with a game in hand. Leaders Montenegro face Poland in a tough match away in Warsaw and with Moldova languishing second from bottom, Roy Hodgson’s side will be expected to get a positive result at home.

Hodgson faces something of an injury crisis after late call-up Steven Caulker was ruled out along with Glen Johnson, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney. In-form Daniel Sturridge is also missing so Rickie Lambert, fresh from his dream goal-scoring England debut, has been handed a starting berth up-front. Goalkeeper Joe Hart will be looking to silence his critics following high-profile errors for club and country recently.

Moldova earned a 1-1 draw against Poland in June, but England will take confidence from their emphatic 5-0 victory in Chisinau which opened their qualifying campaign back in September 2012.

 

KICK-OFF: Friday, 8pm

 

PAST THREE MEETINGS…

Moldova 0 England 5 (Lampard 2, Defoe, Milner, Baines), World Cup Qualifier, September 2012

England 4 (Scholes, Wright 2, Gascoigne) Moldova 0, World Cup Qualifier, September 1997

Moldova 0 England 3 (Barmby, Gascoigne, Shearer), World Cup Qualifier, September 1996

 

STATS…

England have averaged 3.5 goals per game in their six qualifying games so far, they are the highest scorers in the group by seven goals

Moldova have failed to score in four of their seven games and have never scored against England

Apart from goalkeeper Fraser Forster, all of England’s current squad play in the Premier League. Moldova’s squad includes players from five different leagues

 

ODDS…

England to win: 1.05

Moldova to win: 26

Draw: 11

 

TV: Live on ITV and ITV HD at 8pm, highlights on ITV and ITV HD at 10.50pm

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