In-form England can extend their enviable winning record in Euro 2016 qualification matches to eight when they host Switzerland at Wembley on Tuesday (19:45 BST, live on ITV1).
England have put together a strong run of results since their disappointing early exit from last summer’s World Cup in Brazil. They are undefeated in 11 internationals and top Euro 2016 qualification Group E with an unblemished record of seven victories.
Roy Hodgson’s side recorded a comfortable 6-0 victory away to bottom side San Marino on Saturday, and our match preview advised betting on them to win by five goals or more. Wayne Rooney (pictured) equalled Bobby Charlton’s 49-goal national team scoring record by converting an early penalty, and an own goal then doubled England’s lead before second-half strikes from Ross Barkley, Theo Walcott (two) and Harry Kane sealed the victory.
The three points, in conjunction with Slovenia’s defeat away to Switzerland, confirmed England’s place at Euro 2016 with three qualification matches still to play. Hodgson now has some time and space to experiment with different systems and personnel to ensure that England travel to France next summer with the best possible chance of performing well.
Swansea midfielder Jonjo Shelvey made the most of his first call-up in three years by impressing his coach with a good performance on Saturday. He will hope for an opportunity to prove himself against stronger opposition here, although it is likely that Michael Carrick will replace him. Kane, Walcott and Raheem Sterling will also be pushing to start.
Hodgson’s squad for the September internationals did not include the injured foursome of Danny Welbeck, Jack Wilshere, Jordan Henderson and Phil Jones, but he appears to have no further injury concerns to contend with in the build up to this match.
Switzerland progressed a stage further than England at last summer’s World Cup before being eliminated by eventual finalists Argentina in the round of 16. They sit in a strong second place in Group E, with 15 points from five wins and two defeats.
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Vladimir Petkovic’s side came back from two goals down to record a remarkable 3-2 victory at home to Slovenia on Saturday evening. Goals either side of half-time gave their visitors a strong advantage going into the final 10 minutes, only for goals from Josip Drmic and Valentin Stocker to level the scores before Drmic struck again with a stoppage-time winner.
Switzerland have been a little looser in their approach since Petkovic, who won a Coppa Italia with Lazio in 2013 and previously coached Young Boys, among others, in Switzerland, replaced Ottmar Hitzfeld in the wake of last summer’s World Cup. It took them a little time to get going, but they travel to England on the back of six wins from their last seven matches.
The Swiss squad contains three players who moved to the Premier League this summer in the form of Gokhan Inler, Valon Behrami and Xherdan Shaqiri. Yann Sommer is one of Europe’s best goalkeepers, while England should also be wary of the attacking ability of the full-backs Stephan Lichtsteiner and Ricardo Rodriguez. Drmic will be a threat up top.
England v Switzerland Preview’s Betting Tips
England were 2-0 winners when these sides met in Basel last September in the first match of the group. They are undefeated across their last nine encounters with the Swiss, although the last two competitive meetings at Wembley both ended in draws. England have never lost at home to Switzerland and have won 15 of the 23 previous meetings at all venues.
England will hope to celebrate their qualification with a victory in front of their home crowd. Hodgson was able to give some of his regular starters a rest of some kind or another on Saturday and with a number of good attacking options at his disposal, he will be confident in his side’s ability to beat the team he coached to good success between 1992 and 1995.
Switzerland have improved since their home defeat to England last year and can be expected to put the Three Lions’ 100% qualifying record under significant pressure in this match. They are a young and talented side, with good players in most positions, and come into the return leg with a better understanding of their coach’s system and style of play.
We do, however, believe that England are capable of maintaining their perfect qualifying record by securing a marginal victory from what is likely to be an open and entertaining encounter. So with the expectation of goals, these are our England v Switzerland preview’s recommended betting tips:
- Back England to win on the ‘match result and both teams to score’ market @ 13/5 with Bet365, SkyBet & Betfair.
- Bet on over 2.5 goals @ best odds of 23/20 with Bet365, William Hill, Betfair or BoyleSports.
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