Jake Pearson anticipates the international friendly between England and Switzerland, choosing his best bet and score prediction.
With the Qatar 2022 World Cup now less than eight months away, Gareth Southgate will be keen to nail down his strongest XI, as he uses opportunities like this friendly against Switzerland to take a look at some of the fringe players, seeing how they fit in. in the team, and the club feeling that the England manager has created around St George’s Park, as well as how they fare on the international stage in terms of performance.
Three players could make their England debuts in these two friendlies (against Ivory Coast on Tuesday), with Crystal Palace duo Marc Guehi and Tyrick Mitchell, as well as Southampton’s Kyle Walker-Peters receiving his first cap.
It’s hard to judge what kind of starting XI Southgate will name, though he has a tendency to bleed rookies along with experience, rather than throw them all together into the bottom line, so expect some of the Three Lions’ stellar names to show up. make an appearance.
Start time: 17:30 GMT, Saturday
TV Channel: Sky Sports Main Event
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These two teams come into this Wembley match in very similar form, both having won three and drawn two of their last five, both unbeaten since their respective defeats at Euro 2020.
Switzerland will come to England on a high, having secured World Cup qualification ahead of Italy in Group C, and this will be a tall order for Southgate’s men.
However, they are expected to go through, even if, like most friendly matches between two teams cautiously preparing for a major tournament, the game itself is not an exciting affair.
As a general rule, international football is played at a much slower pace than club football, and international friendlies even more so.
The Swiss will not be an easy nut to crack, conceding just once in their last six matches, and that was against European champions Italy.
For England it is two goals conceded in seven since the European Championships, so a low-scoring affair is certainly to be expected.
With the firepower there if needed, the Three Lions should have enough to take down the Swiss, though perhaps only narrowly, so back up ENGLAND TO WIN AND UNDER 2.5 GOALS appeals at 5/2.
Combining the maximum price to win from England (7/10) with the price for Under 2.5 goals (7/10), we arrive at a price of 15/8 (2.89), and although it should be noted Count the margin on both picks, it still leaves more than enough margin to suggest that 5/2 (3.5) is a supportable price.
England v Switzerland best bets and score prediction
- 1pt England win and Under 2.5 Goals at 5/2 (Overall)
Score prediction: England 1-0 Switzerland (Sky Bet odds: 5/1)
Odds correct at 1140 GMT (03/23/21)
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