England V Switzerland
Tuesday 8th September. 7:45PM. ITV 1
It’s exactly one year ago that the Three Lions started their qualification campaign with an impressive 2-0 away win at St-Jakob Park to begin the recovery process after a disastrous World Cup 2014 campaign. Roll the clocks forward 12 months, and things are looking much brighter as Roy Hodgson’s welcome Switzerland for the return clash at Wembley.
England still have plenty of work to do, but things have improved. They could underline that in style with what could be a very memorable night at Wembley. And you can watch the action live on ITV.
Come on England!
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Can England Keep Up 100% Record?
It was six of the best in Saturday’s clash with San Marino, and Roy Hodgson’s men have now sealed their place at next summer’s European Championship in France. The hard work might be over, but the Three Lions still have plenty to play for.
With just three matches left to play, England are still on course to complete the entire qualification process without dropping a single point. It would be a phenomenal achievement. Meanwhile, captain Wayne Rooney would become the first ever Three Lions start to reach 50 international goals if he can find the target. Perhaps it’s destiny that the skipper reaches this milestone at the home of football.
While all eyes will be on the 29-year-old talisman, it will also be interesting to see whether the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Ross Barkley can follow up their impressive weekend performances against a more competitive opponent. However, Hodgson also faces a slight headache as Theo Walcott staked their claims for a place in Tuesday’s team by scoring off the bench in Serravelle.
The pressure is off, but this could be another historic night in English football history. Expect to see a fitting display at Wembley.
Switzerland Closing In On Automatic Qualification
A late turnaround in Saturday’s home clash with Slovenia has put Vladamir Petkovic’s on the verge of joining England at Euro 2016, and a win could confirm their spot in next year’s finals.
Even if they don’t win, the visitors should have no trouble in securing qualification as their next game is San Marino at home. Nonetheless, claiming an away win against England would signal a fantastic achievement for la Nati.
Going forward, the likes of Xerdan Shaqiri, Josip Drmic, and Haris Seferovic will have high hopes of getting on the scoresheet. The Swiss can be got at defensively, though, as Slovenia demonstrated. Timm Klose and his fellow defenders might have to be at their best to keep the Lions at bay.
England will be celebrating regardless, but the Swiss could well spoil the party. Whatever happens, it should be a cracking contest.
England V Switzerland Betting
On paper, this is one of England’s hardest qualifying games. Nevertheless, they enter as odds-on favourites at 8/13 with Bet365. Meanwhile, the visitors can be backed at 9/2 while the draw is available at 14/5.
Regardless of what happens in terms of the result, there seems an inevitability that the skipper will clinch his place in the record books.
He has his fair share of critics, but the 29-year-old has been England’s best player since breaking onto the scene shortly before Euro 2004. He has played a big part in firing the Three Lions to France, and should have the Wembley crowd celebrating again here.
BET: Wayne Rooney to score anytime @ 6/5 with Bet365
Switzerland have the players to cause a few problems, but they will be all too aware that they are facing a difficult test.
The fact England can take it a little easy may afford an extra opportunity to the creative Swiss players. However, there’s still all to play for as Hodgson’s men vie for places at Euro 2016. There should be goals, and we’re backing the Three Lions to roar.
BET: BTTS & England Win @ 13/5 with Paddy Power