Sports Betting: England left facing a drawn-out process

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ENGLAND NEED a win, but surely the best they can hope for is a draw when they travel to Bulgaria to play their equally-desperate hosts in tomorrow's Group Five Euro 2,000 qualifier.

The scoreline was 0-0 when the nations met at Wembley last year but, while a full-strength England side is capable of much better than that, the depleted outfit Kevin Keegan will have to field tomorrow may fare no better.

Bulgaria cut no ice when going down 2-0 to Poland in Warsaw on Friday, but they are still in with a mathematical shout of making the play-offs and will make life tough for England, now a top-priced 22-1 with the Tote to win Euro 2000.

Scotland might just sneak a draw at runaway Group Nine leaders, the Czech Republic. The hosts, 2-0 winners in Estonia on Saturday while Scotland (250-1 with Ladbrokes and the Tote to win Euro 2000) were being held 1- 1 in the Faroe Islands, are the form choice. But, already 10 points clear with just four games to play, the Czech Republic might just take their foot off the pedal and, at the odds, the draw represents a bit of value.

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C H L S T

Bulgaria 11-4 11-5 5-2 11-4 13-5

Draw 9-4 2-1 5-2 9-4 9-4

England 5-6 11-10 4-5 4-5 5-6

Czech Republic 4-9 4-9 2-5 2-5 2-5

Draw 11-4 13-5 11-4 11-4 11-4

Scotland 5-1 11-2 6-1 6-1 6-1

C Coral, H William Hill, L Ladbrokes, S Stanley, T Tote

Suggested bet: pounds 1 on each and a pounds 1 double with Ladbrokes: Bulgaria to draw with England (11-4); Czech Republic to draw with Scotland (11-4). (pounds 3 staked).

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