England should have few problems beating a team against whom they won 5-0 in Chisinau a year ago, despite several players withdrawing from the squad including Glen Johnson, Phil Jones and Wayne Rooney.
Roy Hodgson’s men are a best price 1/16 with Paddy Power to claim three points and it should be a walk in the park for the home side, although the Moldovans have improved to the extent where they drew 1-1 at home to Poland a few months ago.
They were also narrowly beaten 2-1 away to Ukraine and are sure to get plenty of men behind the ball for this contest, so it might take a while for England to penetrate the opposition defence, with Hodgson hoping that Daniel Sturridge will be fit to lead the line.
The Liverpool forward can’t stop scoring for the Merseyside club and is a 5/2 chance to break the deadlock, while Danny Welbeck is also likely to claim a starting berth as the manager sets up the team in an attacking formation.
Hodgson will use this match as a warm-up for Tuesday’s game against the Ukraine, with England sitting second in the Group H table behind Montenegro having won three and drawn three of their six qualifying matches to date.
Paddy Power offer a best price 1/3 that the Three Lions lead at half-time and full-time in this match, with Coral offering 6/1 about a 2-0 win for England who will be looking to produce a professional performance with no sloppy errors at the back.
Bet365 go 2/5 about England winning to nil, while the Moldovans are as big as 33/1 with BetVictor to pull off a famous win at Wembley, with the draw on offer at 12/1, a result which would severely dent the home team’s hopes of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup finals.