World Cup Qualifier: Cahill to conquer

England’s seemingly untroubled march to the World Cup in Russia should continue later Friday as they take on Malta in the Ta’Qali National Stadium.

This represents England’s first game since the retirement of captain Wayne Rooney, and striker Harry Kane is expected to wear the armband.

It’s 17 years since these two teams last met, when England struggled to a 2-1 victory. We expect something similar this time around, a hard fought win for the visitors, but don’t think there is value in that bet.

Instead we’ll take note of another fact from 17 years ago. The opening goal was scored by England’s centre half Martin Keown as the home team struggled with his physical presence. We look for something similar to happen this time around, and expect Gary Cahill to cause problems in the opposing penalty area. This may be enough to make the Maltese cross.

Paddy Power offers 5/1 that Cahill scores during the 90 minutes, but we’re going to take the 11/1 that SkyBet offers that he scores with his head during that period.

Recommendation: Cahill to score a header, 1 pt, at 11/1 SkyBet 

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