England host Switzerland at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday, as the Three Lions look to get over the disappointment of losing to Spain. The visitors will be no pushover though, after they recorded a hugely impressive result at the weekend.
Where and when: King Power Stadium – 11 September, kick-off 20:00
Where you can see England vs. Switzerland: Sky Sports
Last time: England won 2-0 home and away when the teams met in qualifying for Euro 2016.
England v Switzerland Predictions and Preview
After the euphoria – albeit ultimate disappointment – of their run to the World Cup semi-finals, England were brought back down to earth with a bump against Spain on Saturday night. Switzerland meanwhile recovered from their own disappointment in Russia by thumping Iceland in their Nations League opener.
Gareth Southgate’s improving side showed they’re still a work in progress, despite an encouraging start against Spain. There was plenty of expectation going into the game after La Roja’s shambolic World Cup, but the visitors outclassed the Three Lions for large periods of the match.
|Kane to score first in 2-1 England win||14/1||Offer|
|The score draw||22/5||Offer|
|Kane to score first||11/4||Offer|
England almost snatched a point but were robbed when Danny Welbeck’s injury-time equaliser was controversially ruled out, meaning they’ve now lost three games in a row for the first time in 30 years. The defeat against Spain was also marred by Luke Shaw’s head injury, although that’s not thought to be as serious as it initially looked.
Shaw’s absence means opportunity knocks for Ben Chilwell, who’s been called into the squad along with his Leicester team-mate Demarai Gray. The latter has replaced Raheem Sterling who also pulled out through injury, and gives the locals the chance to potentially see two of their young stars turn out for their country for the first time.
England are 19/25 for the win, while Switzerland are 19/4. The Rossocrociati smashed Iceland 6-0 at the weekend, a team known for their organisation and strong defence. The Swiss have an excellent record over recent seasons, and only went out of the World Cup courtesy of a deflected goal in their 1-0 defeat to Sweden in the last 16.
Switzerland drew against Brazil and Costa Rica in Russia, and they’re a tough team to beat. If you think this means the teams will cancel each other out on Tuesday, you can back the draw at 14/5.
One to watch for England: Harry Kane’s golden boots failed to fire him to a goal against Spain, but the Tottenham striker is one of the most in-form strikers in world football. He’s 11/4 to open the scoring in this one.
One to watch for Switzerland: Xherdan Shaqiri hasn’t seen too much football at Liverpool, as he looks to break into an attack that features Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. His international performances could help his case, and he’s 12/1 to score first.
Long shot: Getting the score spot on is difficult to do, which is why you usually get great odds for these bets. England are 7/1 to record their third successive 2-0 victory over Switzerland, rising to 14/1 if you choose Kane as the first scorer.