England vs Wales: Who Will be First Goalscorer?

Updated Thursday 23rd June 2016, 01:04 PM

As England and Wales prepare to take to the field for their crucial Euro 2016 Group B match in Lens, both sides will be targeting a fast start. Betting on the first goalscorer is always one of the biggest markets and as the teams are announced and the odds shift it is a great time to consider which players might just make the all-important breakthrough.

First goalscorer odds at BetVictor

  • Harry Kane 19/5
  • Daniel Sturridge 19/4
  • Jamie Vardy 19/4
  • Wayne Rooney 19/4
  • Marcus Rashford 13/2
  • Gareth Bale 15/2
  • Dele Alli 17/2
  • No goalscorer 15/2
  • Adam Lallana 11/1
  • Raheem Sterling 11/1
  • Sam Vokes 12/1
  • Aaron Ramsey 13/1
  • Hal Robson-Kanu 13/1

Harry Kane is the favourite to open the scoring in the match despite a below-par performance in England’s 1-1 draw with Russia. The Tottenham Hotspur striker looked somewhat lethargic and barely influenced the game, apart from a few poorly-taken set-pieces. However, he did not have any clear opportunities to make his mark and, after a tremendous season in the Premier League, will still be confident if the chances fall his way against Wales.

Wayne Rooney was far more impressive against Russia and still got forward well despite being deployed in midfield. As England’s record scorer, he could be well worth a punt as his odds have lengthened a bit after being moved to a deeper role. Another England midfielder, Dele Alli, also looks good value after an encouraging display against Russia. The Tottenham man has shown throughout the past year that he has an eye for goal and will fancy his chances of finding some gaps in the Welsh defence.

The top of the betting may be dominated by England players, but Wales talisman Gareth Bale is sure to attract a lot of interest. He scored a fine free-kick in Saturday’s 2-1 win over Slovakia but, worryingly for future opponents like England, he was still nowhere near his best. He is undoubtedly a man for the big occasion and his pace will worry England, but the big question is whether he will see enough of the ball to make an impact on the game.

Hal Robson-Kanu, who scored Wales’ winner against Slovakia, is nicely priced to be first goalscorer if you reckon Wales will seize the advantage first, while the odds on there being no goalscorer also look decent if you are expecting a tight game. One thing that is for sure is that the match will captivate millions of fans, and the wait for the first goalscorer will be one to relish.

  • Sports.net’s top tip – Dele Alli to be first goalscorer - 9/1 at Coral

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Last Updated: Thursday, 23 June 2016 01:04:59+00:00
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