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A look ahead to the week's best bets as teams ramp up their bids for World Cup qualification.

England to win, Walcott to score

England will look to continue their 100 percent start to their Russia 2018 qualifying campaign by winning in Slovenia on Tuesday. It's been steady rather than spectacular so far for the Three Lions, who eased to a 2-0 win over lowly Malta on Saturday.

And while they were never in any danger of losing that match, they failed to shine against less than stellar European opposition once again. Record scorer Wayne Rooney was booed by some sections of the Wembley crowd after again starting in midfield and interim boss Gareth Southgate has a big call to make about whether he should persevere with the out of favour Manchester United star in Ljubljana.

Slovenia will go into the game with confidence having beaten Slovakia 1-0 at the weekend and However a better bet could be backing Theo Walcott to score in the match. Walcott started ahead of Marcus Rashford and Jamie Vardy against Malta but cut a frustrated figure at times against a side who were only interested in defending in numbers.

On Tuesday, you would expect Slovenia to show a bit more ambition and a more open game would certainly be more suited to Walcott's pace and movement. With this in mind the Arsenal man, who has been in terrific form for his club in recent weeks,

More Scotland woe?

Elsewhere on Tuesday, Slovakia could be worth siding with to finally get their qualifying campaign up and running against Scotland. Jan Kozak's men have yet to pick up a point in qualifying and have not scored for four matches so will be under pressure to deliver against Scotland, who are handily placed in Group F having picked up four points from their first two matches.

The Scots put in a fairly dismal shift at Hampden over the weekend, though, as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Lithuania and might find themselves up against it in Bratislava. They looked fairly one-dimensional against Lithuania and in terms of personnel, coach Gordon Strachan doesn't seem to have the players to compete on the biggest stage (they have not featured at a World Cup since 1998).

Slovakia, who should welcome back influential defender Martin Skrtel after a broken nose, and that looks a price worth taking given Scotland's current limitations.

Brazil cruise

On Wednesday, Brazil continue their South American World Cup qualifying campaign with a trip to Venezuela. They looked superb in beating Bolivia 5-0 and are now second in the qualifying table after nine matches. New coach Tite continued his dream start as boss of the Selecao with Neymar, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all on target against Bolivia.



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