MCB EXCLUSIVE – The Tuesday Twosome – a duo of top tips!

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And now we are attempting to find a couple of bets each day to stimulate your punting juices.

Two out of three again on Monday, but you would have made money backing all of them. Here’s our offering for Tuesday, March 31…

Football: Italy v England

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England’s greatest: Wayne Rooney

Revenge for the 2-1 World Cup defeat, the latest goal-scoring escapades of Harry Kane, Wayne Rooney potentially becoming England’s all-time top scorer – there are plenty of talking points ahead of tonight’s friendly.

Italy (Odds: 2.42) have won 10 of the last 17 meetings, including three of the last five and England’s record against the Italians is not a good one – just two wins since 1977 (12 meetings).

Since the 2-1 World Cup defeat, England (Odds: 2.96) have won all seven of their matches but Italy away is the toughest test since the debacle of Brazil 2014. And no, we will not forget another one of Steven Gerrard’s finest hours against Uruguay.

Wayne Rooney is on course to break Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 all-time England goals, many of which were accumulated in the Home Internationals. It is unfair to compare the two – England were a greater force in World football in Charlton’s era, and the Three Lions rarely played minnows outside of the Home Nations as they do now.

No English player has scored 50 goals in international football. A Rooney hat-trick can take him to the magical half century of goals for England. He has 47 goals in 102 internationals, so his statistics suggest he is slightly odds against to score in any match for England.

Harry Kane scored the fourth-fastest goal as a debutant for England in the Euro 2016 qualifier against Lithuania at Wembley on Friday evening and is set to make his first start. We would not be backing him to score at any time, however.

A glance at his scoring record this season will show that he gets his goals in bursts and can go three or four games without netting. While he has 30 goals to his name, the majority of them have come against weaker teams than Tottenham.

He has notched five goals in 10 games against the top sides – Chelsea (2), Arsenal (2), Manchester United (0), Liverpool (1), Manchester City (0) and Southampton (0). While his confidence is high and he has a happy knack of being in the right place at the right time, Kane still looks something of a flat-track bully.

The Italian defence is unlikely to give him any quarter.

As for the result, we are still patriotic souls and it might be worth backing England to gain at least a draw.

Selection: Double Chance – England and Draw @ 1.55

Tennis: Juan Monaco v Fernando Verdasco

World 46th-ranked Juan Monaco takes on 34th-ranked Fernando Verdasco in one of the more enticing clashes at the Miami Open this afternoon.

Verdasco has won three of the last five meetings, the last of which came at the Shanghai Masters three years ago.

Monaco holds an 8-5 all-time series advantage and five of those eight wins came in two sets, and we think he is a value punt to upset the odds again.

The asterisk with backing Monaco is the surface. Verdasco has lost six of the nine meetings with Monaco on clay courts. Miami is a hard-court surface the pair have split both hard-court meetings.

Verdasco saw off Rafael Nadal in three sets in the last round, following another three-setter with James Duckworth. Monaco’s two wins have both come in straight sets.

And the value lies with the underdog.

Selection: Juan Monaco @ 2.36

All odds quoted from Shoreham FC’s betting service

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