Author: Tony MacDonald
Published: 11:45 23/03/2015
Freebets.com explains how to add some insurance to your first goalscorer punt on Friday's England v Lithuania UEFA Euro 2016 Qualifier thanks to one of William Hill's sports betting offers.
With Wayne Rooney's superb record in qualifiers and the prospect of Tottenham's goal machine, Harry Kane, making his England debut, betting on the first goalscorer market promises to be as popular as ever. The Three Lions are averaging just under 3 goals per game in Group E, and at long odds-on to beat Lithuania, Roy Hodgson's side could be about to fill their boots at Wembley.
Whoever you decide to back in the first goalscorer market, make sure you take advantage of William Hill's Goal Scorer Second Chance offer. Simply use the bookie to back your first goalscorer as normal and if your player fails to score first, but goes on to score the second goal of the game, you won't be left empty handed as your stake will refunded with a free bet, up to £50.
Wayne Rooney - Now just three goals away from matching Sir Bobby Charlton's record of 49 goals for his country, Rooney will be itching to score and the current captain has a phenomenal record in qualifiers with 24 of his 46 goals for England coming in these types of matches. On penalty duty, Rooney has opened the scoring in two of England's four Group E matches, while he has also scored the second goal once, which would have earned punters a free bet on William Hill if they had used the firm to back him as a first goalscorer.
Harry Kane - If Roy Hodgson was unsure about starting the Premier League's current top-scorer, then a hat-trick against Leicester at the weekend will surely have forced the England manager's hand. Kane now has 19 league goals for the season and while untested in the senior side, his eight goals in 10 England U21 appearances suggest he will be undaunted by the occasion and he's sure to be a popular selection.
Danny Welbeck - The Arsenal striker may have slipped under the radar of late with Olivier Giroud grabbing all the goals for his club, but Welbeck remains England's top-scorer in Euro 2016 Qualification. He opened the scoring against Switzerland and got the second goal against Slovenia, so may represent a value alternative to the market leaders.
Others To Consider - Daniel Sturridge's injury problems have prevented him from making as much of an impact this season, but he's back among the goals for Liverpool and has to factor into calculations if starting the game. Andros Townsend loves a pop at goal, while Jordan Henderson has been contributing from midfield for Liverpool and can be considered as a viable outside option along with his club teammate Raheem Sterling.
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