England vs. Moldova Preview
Roy Hodgson is facing a selection crisis for England’s World Cup qualifier against Moldova in a few hours’ time. The manager has had to deal with a plethora of injuries that will see the likes of Wayne Rooney, Glen Johnson, Phil Jones and Daniel Sturridge missing in action. A win here for England who are second in group H with a game in hand know that a win here sets them up in a good position from here on out for the remaining qualifiers.
The first meeting of these two teams saw Moldova on the receiving end of a 5-0 licking with Wayne Rooney and Danny Welbeck both grabbing braces. The last thing England would want to be is complacent going into tonight’s fixture. The main headline going into the game is the start upfront for Southampton striker, Ricky Lambert. Lambert was the saviour in the friendly (if you could call it that) against Scotland, heading home the eventual winner within minutes of coming off the bench.
England are expected to play a 4-3-3 formation and will be up against a sturdy and resilient Moldova team who have shown just how tough they can be to breakdown with scoreless affairs against Ukraine and Poland at home. Head Coach Caras had this to say,
I was talking about the lucky parts of the draw but the bad one is that the other team, England, are far too good for us, unfortunately. In football a lot of things are possible and both teams have their chances.
I do realise that our chances are very, very small – that is hard to accept but it is like this. We will try very hard, I will tell you that, but we will see the outcome on the pitch.
The home coach is not sounding too confident, but they could put up a surprise showing against a very hungry albeit wounded England outfit. England need to show concentration and team work tonight to prevail. It looks like Lambert and Defoe will play upfront with Wellbeck on the right. This untested formation must get its act together quickly tonight.
– Yhanick Scott