Fresh from their friendly victory over Italy England are back in action tonight – and this time it’s the real thing: qualification for Brazil 2014.

Their opponents Moldova will be most people’s idea of a pushover, and if finishing second bottom of their group before Euro 2012 is anything to go by they might be right.

But I’d draw your attention to the narrow 1-0 victories Holland had to graft to achieve against them as evidence that they have a bit of spirit about them.

That said, I don’t think England will lose and will be backing them to win 2-0 – it’s just that I’m not expecting a cricket score.

Jermain Defoe scored a belter against the Italians and is favourite to strike first tonight. But my money’s on Danny Welbeck to break the deadlock.

Supporters may have to be patient, however, so look at Draw/England in the half-time full-time market.

On paper Scotland have a tough game against Serbia too. I played with a lot of Serbs and Croats and they are very comfortable on the ball.

The Scots will need to be in their faces from the off and if they are I think they can get a result. I reckon you could lay Serbia with some justification, or back the Scots to win 2-1.

Also in Group A Wales take on the coming team in European football: Belgium. I’m a big supporter of Chris Coleman and am really rooting for him.

But this looks like a nightmare first engagement against a team who some are tipping as the dark horses for the whole tournament. I think the Welsh will be lucky to get nil quite honestly and have put the Belgians down to win 3-0 on my coupon.

It could be a similar story in Moscow, where Northern Ireland take on Russia. The hosts will look to run in a big score in this one and build up momentum in their group – and I see no reason why they won’t.
I think we can give Russia two goals of a start on the Asian Handicap and still back them.

The Republic of Ireland have a few more goals in them and should get something on the road in Kazakhstan. It could be a hellish journey and I don’t expect it to be pretty, but a draw is an achievable return for Trapattoni’s boys.

Betting on BETDAQ – Alan’s Punts:
Danny Welbeck to score first at 5.1
England to win 2-0 at 6.2

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