Betting Spy: England are a shower at this level

Grant Prior 12 years ago

Things we learned from Wednesday’s rain delayed international:

England are to passing what Poland are to stadium roof closing.

Wayne Rooney looks average at international level and seems unlikely to improve as he gets older.

Jagielka and Lescott are an accident waiting to happen.

If Michael Carrick is – as the commentator hopefully eulogised – “one of the best passers in the country” then heaven help us.

The bottom line is that we have a very average crop of players and are lucky to be drawn in a weak qualifying group.

And it’s becoming obvious that our players look good every Saturday because they have better foreign team mates to pass to.

Roy Hodgson is a decent tactician but he’ll have to be an alchemist to turn this lot into anything more than a side which bores its way into a plucky quarter final defeat.

But enough about our international woes – let’s get back to the real business of how we can play up our cash made from successfully predicting the Poland draw.

One price jumps out at me from the Championship and that’s Leicester at 13/10 to beat Birmingham at St Andrews.

The Foxes should be even shorter for this.

They are on a five game winning streak compared to the Blues who are in turmoil having won only one of the last four including a 5-0 home humiliation by Barnsley

The Premier League fixtures look a pretty tight bunch this weekend but there could be a bit of value at 8/5 on Spurs to see off Chelsea at White Hart Lane.

Andre Villas Boas has braved out the early season wobbles and seems to have the squad on side playing to his system.

Tottenham seem a team on the up while Chelsea have been flattered a bit so far with a series of scrappy wins.

Fernando Torres has certainly picked-up the English technique in his time here and now looks like a man who needs six chances to score one.

Gareth Bale is on fire at the moment and I can see him tipping the balance in this one so two singles and a double it is then on Spurs and Birmingham.

Betting Spy has joined forces with Paddy Power to offer all readers a free bet when they open an account. Just click on the link below to visit construction’s favourite bookmaker to find out all the latest prices and follow the easy steps to setting-up an online, telephone or mobile account

Running Total for all 2012 bets to a £10 stake:   +£241.00

Latest news

McAlpine signs £500m Broadgate dual towers deal

Work to start on iconic 36-storey and 21-storey towers
16 hours ago

Worker rescued from collapsed four metre deep trench

Fire crews take six hours to save trapped builder near Blackwall Tunnel
20 hours ago

Gove puts another major building scheme on hold

Secretary of State starts another planning fight after M&S defeat
2 days ago

Greenwich University tenders £300m framework

Up to five firms will carry out upgrade and newbuild work at three campuses
20 hours ago

Work starts on Manchester 26-storey Obsidian tower

Contractor Domis starts Salboy's 10th Manchester scheme in seven years
18 hours ago

Race for £1.3bn West Midlands social homes framework

The Community Housing Group reboots tender race for new build housing
19 hours ago

Delancey submits £400m King’s Cross lab plans

200,000 sq ft lab/office project will be built above railway and tube tunnels just 4.5m below
1 day ago

Winners revealed for £150m fire safety framework

New deal will help organisations comply with the Building Safety Act
19 hours ago

Sellar plans £500m City tower next to Walkie-Talkie

Consultation starts on London 60 Gracechurch Street tower
2 days ago

Severfield ends year on high with record order book

Orders top £500m with strong future pipeline of opportunities ahead
2 days ago

Second senior director exits National Highways

Commercial director Malcolm Dare set to move on to new role
2 days ago

New scheme fuels London lab building boom

Plans in for 160,000 sq ft Whitechapel scheme near Royal London hospital
2 days ago

Contract race starts for next £155m section of A9 dualling

Prior Information Notice published for Tay Crossing to Ballinluig stretch
2 days ago

£55m Sheffield build-to-rent scheme approved

Demolition to start later this year for 158-flat Sheffield Garden project
2 days ago

London back as most expensive place to build in world

Capital leapfrogs Geneva to top costliest construction rankings
3 days ago

Gas supplier Regent to buy TClarke for £90m

£491m turnover listed building services specialist to be sold
3 days ago

Steel contractor Billington launches into bridge market

Steelwork firm hires staff from failed architectural and bridge specialist SH Structures
3 days ago

McGee employees benefit from rise in profits

Pre-tax profit doubles boosting payouts for Employee Ownership Trust
3 days ago

Lendlease veteran is latest new McAlpine director

Paul Sims joins as Operations Director after 40 years at rival contractor
4 days ago

Costain signs site labour supply deal with four firms

Contractor to use only a quartet of providers for temporary labour supply
3 days ago

BAM go-ahead for Leeds 200,000 sq ft office

Latitude Yellow will complete final plot at Doncaster Monk Bridge site
3 days ago

VolkerFitzpatrick wins £30m logistics job

Latest deal to build five distribution units for Prologis UK
4 days ago

Trio win new Scape utilities consultancy framework

Perfect Circle, AtkinsRéalis and Arcadis win places on
3 days ago

Precast firm FP McCann cleared after immigration raid

Home Office takes no action after public raid on construction site
4 days ago

Wates-owned SES restructure delivers record profit and revenue

Building services contractor revenue soars to almost £300m
4 days ago

25 groundworks firms win £100m Places for People deal

M&J Evans, Carmac and Churngold Construction feature in housing association's line-up
4 days ago

Energy efficiency firms angry at lack of CITB support

SME contractors funding bid "does not meet the current criteria for supporting productivity or EDI"
4 days ago

£400m South Cambridge science park approved

Outline approval allows former sewage treatment works to be demolished
4 days ago

McLaren gets green light for 45-storey Leeds tower

Landmark Wellington Square scheme will see 464 flats built with 360,000 sq ft of offices
7 days ago

Heavy rain causes 1.9% construction output fall

Hopes remain undampened of a resi-led recovery this summer
7 days ago

Contractor services