How the Bookies See it
- Match Winner: England 4/7, Draw 16/5, Wales 11/2 - Ladbrokes
- First Goalscorer: Harry Kane 9/2, Daniel Sturridge 5/1, Jamie Vardy 5/1 - Paddy Power
- Both Teams To Score: No 4/6, Yes 11/10 - William Hill
- Half-Time/ Full-Time England/England 5/4, Draw/England 3/1 Draw/Draw 4/1 - Sky Bet
- England’s 1-1 draw with Russia in their opening match on Saturday ended a run of three consecutive friendly victories coming into the tournament, while they also won all ten of their qualifying games.
- Wales overcame Slovakia 2-1 at the weekend to return to winning ways after a 3-0 defeat by Sweden in their most recent friendly.
- The two teams have not played each other since 2011, when they met twice in qualifying for Euro 2012 and England came out as winners on both occasions.
Wales showed both skill and spirit to beat Slovakia in their Group B opener and the result will have given them a surge of confidence. Gareth Bale has stoked the fire by insisting that England cannot match Wales’ passion and that not one of Roy Hodgson’s players would get in his side, so all the signs point to it being a highly intense derby game and the key factor could be which team remains calm under pressure throughout the 90 minutes.
England will be feeling the strain after conceding an agonising late goal against Russia, especially as they are the favourites to win the group. However, there were a lot of positives to take from Saturday’s 1-1 draw and England will probably enjoy the lion’s share of possession against Wales, so they should carve out plenty of chances.
England’s weakness appears to be in defence and Bale certainly has the capability to exploit any vulnerability, if he gets adequate service. Odds of around 4/7 on England to win therefore look fair, but not terribly tempting, in a very tricky game, so it may be wiser to focus on some of the other markets. Dele Alli looks good value at 9/1 with Coral to be first goalscorer, while BetVictor have 6/5 on both teams to score. In a tournament that has been short of goals so far, England vs Wales has the ingredients to break the mould and a wager on there being at least three goals in total looks a smart move.
- Sports.net’s top tip: Over 2.5 total goals - 21/20 at Coral
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