The Times’ Bill Edgar offers another shot of stats focusing on Harry Kane’s rollercoaster scoring record for England, the Netherlands’ revival and Manchester City’s chances of ending a strange Premier League jinx
“The Tottenham Hotspur striker caused concern by recording a run of six games without a goal, including all four matches at Euro 2016, only to follow that by becoming the first player since Steve Bloomer in 1896-1900 to score in nine out of ten England appearances.”
Kane’s England rollercoaster
Harry Kane has an outstanding return of 19 goals in 34 England appearances yet already in his short international career he has managed to fit in two scoring droughts.
The Tottenham Hotspur striker caused concern by recording a run of six games without a goal, including all four matches at Euro 2016, only to follow that by becoming the first player since Steve Bloomer in 1896-1900 to score in nine out of ten England appearances.
But since playing the last of those, against Colombia at the World Cup, Kane has failed to find the net in seven matches. He is likely to face Croatia in the Nations League on Sunday but his selection for Thursday’s friendly against the United States is less certain. Kane is 4/9 with Betfair to end his barren run against the USA.
When Holland failed to qualify for the expanded 24-team Euro 2016 and then the 2018 World Cup – not even reaching the play-offs in either case – it was a reflection of the disappearance of top-class talent from their squad in recent years.
But there have been strong signs of a revival since Ronald Koeman took charge of the team in February this year. After a slightly unfortunate friendly defeat to England, Holland have recorded 3-0 wins over Portugal and Germany, drawn away to Italy and Belgium and pushed France close in a 2-1 defeat in Paris.
The young Ajax trio of Frenkie de Jong and Donny van de Beek, both 21-year-old midfielders, and Matthijs de Ligt, the 19-year-old central defender, are fuelling Dutch optimism, as is the resurgence of Memphis Depay in attack. On Friday Koeman’s team face France in a Nations League meeting in Rotterdam, and they are [3.1] on the Betfair exchange to continue their revival by beating the world champions.
City set to end champions’ jinx
Manchester City are on course to be the first team to win the Premier League in consecutive seasons since Manchester United did so in 2008 and 2009. Four of the past five champions have not even finished in the top four in the following campaign, but City have continued where they left off last season, when they collected 100 points.
Those looking at Betfair Exchange’s Winner without Man City market might be tempted by the [4.7] about Chelsea, who have yet to lose this season.
Source: BetFair Tips