Bill Edgar: Our stats man on England's misfiring attack, and Posh and Pompey's fine away records
It's international week but the Times journalist Bill Edgar still brings another stats blast focusing on England, League One and perennial international losers, San Marino...
"Gareth Southgate's side are 7/1 with Betfair to score three or more against the same opponents in Rijeka this Friday."
Big scores eluding England
England have struggled to run up large scores over the past two-and-a-half years, only hitting three or more on three occasions: wins by 3-0 at home to Scotland, 4-0 away to Malta and 6-1 against Panama at this year's World Cup. That is ten times fewer than in the same number of games before that period. England managed only one goal in 120 minutes in their most recent meeting with Croatia - the 2-1 defeat in the World Cup semi-finals. Gareth Southgate's side are 7/1 with Betfair to score three or more against the same opponents in Rijeka this Friday.
Can San Marino roll over Moldova?
World Cup qualifiers or European Championship qualifiers tend to mean one thing for San Marino: defeat. But how about the new Nations League, which groups teams of similar ability together, thereby placing San Marino alongside fellow no-hopers? Sadly for them, there has been the same outcome so far, with their first two matches bringing losses of 3-0 at home to Luxembourg and 5-0 away to Belarus (lost 5-0 away). They are [10.0] on the Betfair Exchange to avoid defeat away to Moldova on Friday.
Pompey and Posh hit top speed on the road
Home advantage is proving no advantage at all in League One, with away teams having beaten home sides in the race to 50 wins this season. The situation is particularly marked at the top, where Portsmouth and Peterborough United have been far more successful away from Fratton Park and London Road (or the ABAX Stadium). Both are on the road this weekend: a double on Portsmouth (away to Scunthorpe United) and Peterborough (away to AFC Wimbledon) to win with Betfair is a little over 6/1 with the Betfair Sportsbook.