International Football Friendly Betting Preview: England v Spain

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Updated Wednesday 16th November 2016, 07:48 AM

Following a comprehensive victory over bitter rivals Scotland, England face their final game of 2016 as they welcome Spain to Wembley Stadium for an international friendly. The fixture will provide interim manager Gareth Southgate with the chance to test out a number of fringe players from his squad, while an impressive performance could see the former Three Lions defender further stake a claim for the role of England boss on a permanent basis.

How the Bookies See it

  • Winner: Spain 31/20, England 2/1, Draw 23/10 - Bet365
  • First Goalscorer: Alvaro Morata (ESP) 5/1, Daniel Sturridge (ENG) 13/2, Iago Aspas (ESP) 13/2 - Bet365
  • Correct Score: Draw 1-1 11/2, Spain 1-0 7/1, England 1-0 8/1 - BetVictor

Form

  • England have been far from convincing since exiting the European Championships in the summer, but they are yet to taste defeat, or even concede a goal, since the departure of Roy Hodgson in July. A win for Sam Allardyce in his only game in charge saw the Three Lions start their road to Russia positively, foundations that Gareth Southgate has helped build upon in his three games in charge. Friday’s 3-0 victory over Scotland was England’s third win in four World Cup qualifying matches and a result that sees the team end the year two points clear of Slovenia at the top of Group F and on course to qualify for their sixth straight World Cup.
  • Spain enter this game on the back of a run of five games without defeat following a below par showing at Euro 2016. The 2010 world champions have recorded four wins from a possible five, with a draw against Italy being the only blip to life after legendary manager Vicente del Bosque. Now under the tutelage of Julen Lopetegui, Spain are looking to return to their very best, with wins over Liechtenstein, Albania and Macedonia in qualifying showing that the side ranked 10th in the world are still capable of turning on the style.       

Sports.net’s View

England face their first international friendly since June following an early, hectic World Cup qualifying schedule. Gareth Southgate may look to shuffle his starting XI for this match as he aims to quickly stamp his mark on a team that is in drastic need of direction following another disappointing summer of tournament football. With regular starter Harry Kane no longer with the squad, the former Middlesbrough boss is tipped to start Jamie Vardy, as the Leicester City frontman desperately tries to rediscover his goalscoring touch following a wretched start to the new season. Vardy, who has four goals in 13 appearances for England, is 7/1 with BetVictor to break the deadlock, while a goal anytime in a home win is handsomely priced at 9/2 with William Hill.    

Victory over Tuesday night’s opponents is far from a certainly, given that Spain have won four of their last five meetings with England, a run that has seen the Three Lions find the net on only one occasion. In fact, seven of the last eight meetings between the two sides have finished with the losing side failing to score, in addition to a 0-0 draw at Euro 96. A win to nil could be worth a punt in this game too, with Spain tipped at 16/5, while England are available at 4/1, both with BetVictor. However, both teams could buck the trend with a score draw, a result that looks very tempting at 18/5.                   

  • Sports.net’s top tip: Draw and both teams to score - 18/5 with BetVictor

 

*Please note that odds may fluctuate in the run-up to kick-off.

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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 07:48:06+00:00
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